Even though the regulations he proposed are broadly popular, a new Quinnipiac poll finds a majority of voters disapprove of the way President Obama is handling gun policy.

President Obama waves after speaking in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, April 30, 2013. (Larry Downing/Reuters)

Forty-one percent of voters approve of Obama on the issue, while 52 percent disapprove. The gap comes from independents and from relatively weak support among Democratic voters. Some of those Democrats could disapprove of Obama’s handling of the issue because the legislation failed — 23 percent of Democrats disapprove of his handling of the issue, far higher than the 8 percent who disapprove of his overall job performance.

There's also a big gender gap on the question, with 60 percent of men disapproving of Obama compared to 45 percent of women.

Between congressional Republicans and congressional Democrats the split is smaller but Republicans still have the edge, 42 percent to 38 percent. Again, Democrats lose more of their base than Republicans do -- 13 percent of Democrats disapprove of the job their party is doing compared to 8 percent of Republicans.