December 17th, 2008
03:00 PM ET
5 years ago

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. Doug Roberson

    Pick a smart guy or gal that has put in an actual days work in the past year. Pick someone who knows what it's like to meet a payroll or struggle to make ends meet. Pick someone who can represent the average American. America just voted for change and it looks like were getting a warmed-over Clinton Administration, complete with a scandal to start off the new year.

    December 17, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. JOHN

    Caroline Kennedy IS QUALIFIED...lawyer, author, comes from a political family....now because Obama got elected, we have to have his situation in all our politicans? Give me a break.

    December 17, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. Dee

    Avis,

    Thanks for saying that. There's nothing left to say

    December 17, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. John, Brooklyn, New York

    While Andrew Cuomo may be electable, for those who are concerned about "lagacy politicians", I would much prefer Caroline Kennedy – a bright, sensitive, and thoughtful person – than the narcisistic and self-promoting Cuomo. Haven't we had enough of career politicians and the mess they've made?

    December 17, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. Rose

    Since Caroline has announced her desire to become Senator, one gets the feeling that the process is over because it is so important to keep Ms Moneybags happy. Is this supposed to be her prize for supporting Obama and helping to fund his campaign? There is a not so secret rumor circulating that Caroline wants to stay close to Obama and Obama wants Caroline close by.
    The position of Senator from New York should not be for sale. Gov. Patterson might want to confer with the IL Governor about that.

    December 17, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. Rose

    Since Caroline has announced her desire to become Senator, one gets the feeling that the process is over because it is so important to keep Ms Moneybags happy. Is this supposed to be her prize for supporting Obama and helping to fund his campaign? There is a not so secret rumor circulating that Caroline wants to stay close to Obama and Obama wants Caroline close by.
    The position of Senator from New York should not be for sale. Gov. Patterson might want to confer with the IL Governor about that.

    December 17, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. Chad

    Might as well just start the monarchy of the U.S. right now.

    December 17, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. Tom Carnesi

    She is a famous Kennedy, however, does not have the political experience and credentials required to be an effective New York Senator to replace newely named Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    TC Torrance, CA

    December 17, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. Lisa V

    Oh, the other side is just mad because Caroline Kennedy is qualified and Sarah Palin is not.

    December 17, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. Phil

    Just what this country needs another blue-blood aristocrat in office. It's funny, all these years she has used her married name, now it's just Kennedy. I was never a fan of Hillary, but at least she ran for the Senate seat. I can just image what Caroline probably said on thanksgiving day around the family table. "Uncle Teddy, I'm bored. What should I do?". These Kennedy's are all alike, they see any political office and they view it as their birth given right.
    The only thing she has really done is lend her name to charities. Please Caroline, stay home, eat bon bon's and relax at the spa.

    December 17, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. Lifelong Democrat Lorna Hanson Forbes

    She is not my choice.

    December 17, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. Katy

    Carolyn Kennedy should be chosen only if she is competent to do the job. As the only way to figure out whether or not she would be competent is to look at her track record (she has no track record in this venue) I think it would be a mistake to consider her. If she wasn't a Kennedy, would she even be considered at all?

    December 17, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. CK

    Why not Caroline. Her credentials are just as strong as Hillary's were – maybe even stronger! I think she would be a fine senator!

    December 17, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. Susan Jackson

    I know people keep talking about the Kennedys well what is the difference between a Bush this and another Bush that?
    I suppose it's just that's it's ok if it's a Republican.
    Get over it.

    December 17, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  15. California Gold

    Frankly Ms. Kennedy brings a lot to the table. Her resume is chock full of extensive public work, her support of causes for children and education is stellar. She has not coasted on her father's name. It's a name that opens doors, but you still have to be able to ante up. A name will only take you so far. If the name bothers you then just look at the education, work history and public involvements.

    December 17, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  16. David

    I said before on here that Cuomo should be favored not Kennedy. She needs to run andwin something first.

    December 17, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. Mike

    Tor:

    You write "the Caroline is the nice (sic) of the slain senator of NY Robert Kennedy; let his legacy live by appointing her as the next senator of NY"

    ARE YOU A COMPLETE MORON?

    December 17, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  18. FreeNLovIt

    Good pick her. Boot her out in 2010 since she's not the clear favorite.

    December 17, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. SGJ

    Wouldn't it be amazing if the torch of JFK was carried by Caroline and not Jack as everyone thought might happen?

    December 17, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  20. Tom in Fl

    I am not from NY so therefore I nor anyone else that isn't from NY should not have any comment on this matter.

    December 17, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  21. Jim

    @Avis

    Wouldn't by definition the best and the brightest be in the minority? And how exactly is working as an attorney, writer, editor and serving on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations not considered an honest days work? Do you need to work in a field or do a job that is hard on your body to be doing an honest days work? If so I guess I don't do an honest days work.

    Now I'll agree if there is such a thing in the US as the 'political nobility' Caroline Kennedy would be a part of it. But if you really think that she is not capable of the job and you can't get past her last name then you are really closeminded and are only seeing what you want to see.

    December 17, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  22. DTM

    We have had more than enough of the Royal American families with their entitlement mind set.

    December 17, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  23. Kathleen Kenney

    Hillary Clinton's seat should NOT be given to Caroline Kennedy.
    She has not the experience and there are far too many New Yorkers far more capable than she.
    My advice to Caroline: spend the next 2 years letting us know your positions on important issues, follow Hillary's example and visit every county in NYS, go on a LISTENING TOUR and meet the NY public.
    Then in 2 years, Caroline, make a run for Hillary's seat if the your relationship with the public is good and your ability to be an effective legislator looks promising.
    Your seeking Hillary's seat now is polarizing the Democratic Party. Barack Obama needs all the support and cohesiveness he can get.
    You are not helping! Remember those 18 million cracks?
    Kathleen Kenney

    December 17, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. Palin 2012

    I am proud to see Democrats realizing that certain people are entitled to be President, Senator, etc. We Republicans have enshrined that concept in the Nations First Family, the Bush's. They are America's Presidential Family, and all must bow down when Jeb Bush decides to run for Senator. Carolyn understands what the little people need as she frequently communicates with her servants. They are happy in the knowledge that a Kennedy will be their to guide them through their pityful lives. As my party supports our hard working Wall Street executives from silly attempts by fat cat liberals in Washington to use TARP funds for Detroit, (and thereby endangering use of that money for executive bonuses), so must Democrats stand by their Princess!

    December 17, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. Dee

    Just because her family has been in politics, does NOT qualify her to have a Senate seat. Just like 8mos. as a Senator did not qualify Obama to be president.

    December 17, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
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