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. WOW

    Just because she is a Kennedy doesnt make her qualified to be a senator, ENOUGH WITH THE KENNEDY DYNASTY!!!!

    December 17, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. eddieblue

    Mrs. Schlossberg doesn't deserve that seat even though she thinks she is entitled to get anything she wants.

    Political nepotism should be a criminal offense.

    Certain families would like to think they are royalty – Kennedy,Clinton,Bush, Roosevelt.

    Roosevelt was stopped from running once too often – let us make sure that people don't slip into political offices because they feel think they're entitled to whatever they want.

    The press refuses to call the former Caroline Kennedy by her oresent name: Carloline Schlossberg.

    But,then, we all know tht journalism is dead.

    "Journalists" are political propagandaist for one party or the other.

    Off with their heads!

    December 17, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. Sam Chandra

    Caroline Kennedy does not deserve to get that Senate seat just because of her name and her other work. No one has voted for her for anything. There should be a rule that anyone appointed must have won SOME kind of public office before. It's anti-democratic to have someone appointed to a Senate seat, for whom no one has voted.
    Sam Chandra
    Chicagoland

    December 17, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. obama-mama

    Give it to Caroline. Need a fresh face

    December 17, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. A_Rod

    She's grossly unqualified for the job

    December 17, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  6. Deborah

    I don't recall Carolyn Kennedy ever expressing an interest in following in the "family tradition" until now. In fact, she's always kept a very low profile. I think it inappropriate for her to NOW express an interest in serving when she won't have to work for or earn it.

    December 17, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. Stacy

    Are we going to start bowing when she comes in the room? This is crazy....with all the people that are experienced and capable...Caroline Kennedy is the best that New York can come up with...

    I bet she gets the seat.....the deal was made back during the election...wait and see.

    December 17, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. Phil

    Why are so many of you acting like Caroline Kennedy is a completely silver spoon fed nudnick like Paris Hilton? Comparing her to Fran Drescher? Caroline has a J.D. from Columbia University and has done tons of gratis legal work for various children's causes. Don't act like she has nothing to bring to the table.

    December 17, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Patterson has to make the call. He should not be weighing the family names. He should rather be weighing how well the indivdual would perform in the Senate for the state of NY. Do these people have their own agendas they would persue in the Senate? That is something that PATTERSON has to consider. Until there is a vote, the people can express their opinion, but only one voice counts.

    December 17, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. Avis

    Is anyone else as sick and tired as I am of the political "nobility" that exists in this country? Kennedys, Bushes, Clintons, Rockefellers, and on and on. No one in any of these families have worked an honest day in their entire lives for decades!!!! And worse, they believe they are simply entitled to being elected or appointed to the most important of government roles.

    Please, I know the "best and brightest" of America tend to shun serving in the public realm but it is time for this silent majority to finally come out of the shadows and take this country back from these inept families who have been destroying the soul of the great Nation simply to stoke their own egos.

    Until America elects representatives based on abilities rather than popularity we are doomed to repeat the same dismal history that has played out for over 50 years.

    December 17, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. I told you so

    What makes this woman qualified? She has NO public office experience.

    What a crock, the Dems jumped all over Sarah Palin for having "NO EXPERIENCE" even though she has more experience than Obama and now they want Caroline Kennedy to be a Senator. What a joke.

    There are several qualified Democrates who would be much better in the Senate than her. She is not entitled to anything just because of her last name. She may know issues but she is not entitled.

    Make her earn her way up!

    December 17, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. gt

    How about Jeb Bush ,,,,,,no more Kenndys , Bushes or Clintons,,,,,please!!!!!

    December 17, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Does it really matter which "soak the (so-called) rich" Democrat they pick? They're both going to be after the contents of our wallets.

    December 17, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. eddieblue

    tor-

    caroline schlossberg is also the niece of ted kennedy, a man who let mary-joe kopechne drown and then tried tto pin the murder on his "poor" cousin, joe gargan..

    The Kennedy's are bootleg royalty – most of them are thugs.

    But they do have great hair and healthy teeth!

    December 17, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. JG

    I think everyone can agree that if Gov. Patterson picks Caroline Kennedy, it's pure politics and not b/c she's the most qualified.

    Personally, if Robert Kennedy, Jr. was chosen I wouldn't have a problem w/ it b/c he's actually worked a day in his life...not "volunteered," but actually held a job and ran a business.

    Caroline is doing this purely b/c she enjoys the spotlight she had when stumping for Obama, and now wants more. This is pure hubris on Kennedy's part; plus, don't compare her to Hillary Clinton; Hillary Clinton actually ran for the office, campaigned for it, and has worked more than a few jobs in her life.

    Caroline has run on the coat tails of her name and father and now b/c she was on the stage a few times for Obama, she wants more and more of it. It's really pathetic....she couldn't make a name for her self, but feels entitled to a high govt office for no other reason than she's a Kennedy.

    December 17, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. Phil in KC

    Split it out by age and I suspect you'll see that older voters go for Kennedy, while younger voters go for Cuomo. Just my guess, but I bet I'm right.
    Either one would be fine, as far as I'm concerned. But, emotionally, I do prefer Kennedy.

    December 17, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  17. Mike H.

    Cuomo may also be a famous name but at least he has been elected to high office and has clear qualifcations for the job. Kennedy has nothing but a name.

    December 17, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  18. The Real Issue

    The Real Issue is that Caroline Kennedy is campaigning hard for the Senate Seat and will probably obtain. Everyone else including Cuomo is 2nd fiddle for that seat. And that's the issue!!!

    December 17, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. The Real Issue

    The Real Issue is that Caroline Kennedy is campaigning hard for the Senate Seat and will probably obtain. Everyone else including Cuomo is 2nd fiddle for that seat. And that's the issue!!!

    December 17, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. Terry

    She shouldn't become senator simply because she's a Kennedy. The most you've heard this woman talk is about Obama. That's it! That doesn't qualify her to become Senator. Get someone with experience please not just a name.

    December 17, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. Steve Ryan

    This is great! We have a Gov. who was not elected to the office who may appoint a woman to the Senate that nobody got to vote for! Some say she's as qualified as Hillary. I say NO! Hillary ran a campaign and was elected to the office!

    December 17, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. NY republican

    We don't need another "career politician" for or from NY (or anywhere else) representing us. Caroline is my pick! Most of all because she is not a "politician".

    December 17, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. TexAnnie *-*-*-*-* I've been in this game of politics for close to 40 years now

    I would pick Fran Drescher before Caroline Kennedy– simply because Fran Drescher has actually been doing advocate work on her own for many years– and because she didn't come out in the media acting like the seat should just be given to her. Caroline may be a really nice person, but I get the feeling she's acting liking some rich little kid saying "Daddy, I want this and I want it now and if I don't get it I'll throw a tantrum".

    December 17, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  24. Once you vote Black

    Caroline has the good will of Obama and Reid and a long history of really helping people. As a kid from Flushing Queens I think she would be a great choice. She cares, she is smart, and has an extensive network which will make her effective. Besides, I love the Kennedy family.

    December 17, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  25. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz

    WE DO NOT WANT TO VOTE FOR LEGACY.

    WE WANT CHANGE & PEOPLE THAT ARE DEDICATED

    TO HELPING US ACHIEVE THAT CHANGE. WE APPRECIATE

    MS.KENNEDY'S SUPPORT OF PRESIDENT-elect OBAMA,

    GREATLY, BUT SHE HAS NOT ROLLED UP HER SLEEVES

    & GOTTEN IN THE DIRT WITH THE REST OF US. A LITTLE

    CLUE HERE !! WE HAVE ELECTED A PRESIDENT THAT HAS

    WORN OUT THE SOLES OF HIS SHOOES WHILE STANDING

    IN THE COLD FEEDING THE HUNGRY. HE IS NOT OUR

    PRINCE CHARMING. HE IS OUR ROCK & EMPLOY & WHATS MORE,

    HE IS HAPPY TO WORK FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN

    AS MUCH AS FOR HIS OWN.

    WE LOVE & HONOR HIM BECAUSE

    HE LOVED & HONORED US FIRST.

    December 17, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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