The governor's popularity took a dive in a recent poll from Quinnipiac University, and the new gun-control law is seen as the reason why.
During a recent visit to Buffalo, Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy says the governor has no regrets in pushing for that measure.
"When you make tough decisions and take tough positions on topics that there's going to be controversy, you can expect that you're going to make some people happy and some people unhappy," Duffy said.
A poll from Quinnipiac University shows the Democrat dropped from his all-time high approval rating of 74 percent in December to 59 percent now. The decline is seen as the result of the recently approved gun-control law.
Duffy says the governor stands by his position and believes a majority of New Yorkers support him on it, despite a 15-point drop in favorability in that poll.
"I would just say from a leadership position it's much more important to do what you believe in and do what you believe is right than to worry about being popular," Duffy said.
Duffy, speaking during a recent visit to Buffalo, said the governor feels strongly about making a statement in taking steps to make New York a safer place for its citizens.