December 17th, 2008
03:00 PM ET
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Kennedy not the clear favorite for Senate seat, poll says

New Yorkers are roughly divided on who they want to be their next senator.
New Yorkers are roughly divided on who they want to be their next senator.

(CNN) - A new poll out Wednesday suggests there is no clear favorite among New Yorkers on who they think should replace Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Senate - and despite the buzz over Caroline Kennedy, the soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat is not necessarily hers for the taking.

According to a new survey from Siena College, 26 percent of New York voters and 30 percent of New York Democrats favor another potential pick with a famous last name - current New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo, the son of former governor Mario Cuomo.

Some 23 percent of New York voters - and 28 percent of Democrats - want Kennedy to get the post. Nearly one in five preferred one of the othe Democrats often mentioned for the post, and another one in five had no preference for their next U.S. Senator.

The top two potential choices also have nearly identical favorability ratings - 58-21 percent for Kennedy and 59-24 percent for Cuomo.

"Both Kennedy and Cuomo have high name recognition among New Yorkers, and Cuomo has run for - and won - statewide office, which may help him marginally," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Since the poll was done before Kennedy's officially announced her interest in the Senate seat, it's possible her support today is a little higher than it was before her announcement. But ultimately, the choice will be made by the Governor, not the voters of New York."

But while New Yorkers may be roughly divided on who they think should be named to the post, 31 percent believe Gov. David Paterson will ultimately pick Kennedy compared to the 16 percent who say Cuomo will get it.


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  1. Mariah Fox-Perez

    I am glad that people do not want another rich person to just get a position because of name recognition. Caroline Kennedy should just drop the idea and let a Hispanic women in New York who is more qualified than her to take Hillary's seat in the Senate.

    December 17, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. American45

    I am sick of the Kennedy garbage...so what if she is the former president's daughter? She is also the niece of the idiot Teddy who let a woman drown long ago...Sarah Palin was criticized for no experience when she is the governor of a state and the commander-in-chief of the National Guard. She has had to make more decisions than the man the Dems elected to the presidency. This is all such a joke. People are not taking the running of this country seriously. Instead, a man is elected to make a statement (elected mostly by non-tax paying people), and now a woman who has done absolutely nothing except get a law degree is wanting to be a senator. Send her to Illinois and if she can straighten out that mess then talk about New York.

    December 17, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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