January 14th, 2009
02:57 PM ET
5 years ago

Kennedy's support fading in New York

Kennedy's popularity is fading, according to a new poll.
Kennedy's popularity is fading, according to a new poll.

(CNN) - A majority of New Yorkers hope Gov. David Paterson nominates someone besides Caroline Kennedy to fill the Senate seat soon to be vacated by Hillary Clinton, a new poll suggests.

According to a new survey from Quinnipiac University, 31 percent of New York voters prefer State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo get the job while only 24 percent want Kennedy to get it.

In a poll conducted by Quinnipiac in late December, a third of voters favored Kennedy while 29 percent wanted Cuomo.

Meanwhile, Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Steve Israel all draw single digit support.

Of course, just one man’s opinion matters in this race - and he's not talking.

Read the full poll results [PDF]


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  1. Matt

    Thank goodness. Appointing her just because she's a Kennedy would be a complete disaster. As it is, it's pretty disgusting that this is likely the first article on CNN in which I've seen mention of other, far more viable people who are in the running.

    January 14, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  2. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Good. It's bad enough we have an unqualified celebrity President, we don't need an unqualified celebrity Senator too.

    January 14, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. 18 year old conservative, NJ

    Well it's good to see that New Yorkers realize that just because you have the Kennedy name, doesn't mean you are qualified to hold any sort of office. Some experience is required

    January 14, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  4. Kayne DeGrenier

    We Don't Need Any More Kennedy's in Public Life!

    January 14, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. Amazing Stuff

    Demanding the position based on the family name is arrogant, she has no experience, and is least qualified for the job. But then again, arrogrance is a required trait for politicians

    January 14, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  6. MC

    I'm not a New Yorker so this does not concern me. But my opinion is that it bothers me that she has not been elected to public office. That should be a criteria, shouldn't it?

    January 14, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. RR

    you can't tell me Princess Caroline is the most qualified person to be the US Senator from NY.

    Patterson needs to tap someone from outside NY City.

    We don't need Princess Caroline crowned just because she's part of a political dynasty.

    January 14, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. Ellen

    I think Caroline Kennedy would dignity and grace to the US Senate...She has politics in her DNA...and as far as I know most of the Senators there weren't Senators until they got there the first time...
    I think Caroline Kennedy would bring respect to a place where it is sorely needed...

    January 14, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. That Other Jerry

    This doesn't sound like anything personal against Kennedy; only that New Yorkers want a Senator with a bit of governmental experience. Nothing wrong with that. With Andrew Cuomo you get name recognition and experience as well.

    January 14, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  10. Math???

    Looks to me that a third want kennedy and a third want the other guy. Where is the story in this?????

    January 14, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  11. Pamela

    Caroline Schlossberg-Kennedy has never run for/nor service in public office. Her extensive charitable work is highly commendable.
    She should NOT be appointed senator over other candidates who have worked their way through the trenches. If the Kennedy family feels they have some divine destiny to always have a family member in Congress, let her try to run for the office in the next election.

    January 14, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  12. Dan

    For all you McCain bashers out there..... How many homes does Caroline Kennedy and her family own?

    January 14, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  13. fifi

    Caroline K Needs to stay home, just as she has done for the past 30 years...no experience, no charisma, and never out in the public when we all clamored for her

    January 14, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  14. Angela

    There is no reason why she shouldn't be able to do this job. She's been involved in public life and has been involved in Politics just as much anyone. Andrew Cuomo got there on his dad's coat-tails, so what is the difference exactly?

    January 14, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  15. johnny the boy

    Enough with the Kennedy's. What is it about "Camelot" anyway? We fought a revolution to dump royalty.

    January 14, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  16. tjp, valley forge, PA

    The Kennedy's should try getting a real job for a change.

    January 14, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  17. Steve

    Kayne, what we DO need is more public education, which the Kennedys are known to propmote and support. For instance, look at your own sentence. Abysmal.

    January 14, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  18. Toni Gillette

    caroline spent so much time staying out of politics and the public eye, so why is she so interested now? I have to agree with Kayne just say no to the Kennedy's!

    January 14, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  19. AndyL

    She should call Balgo, he can seal the deal for her

    January 14, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  20. Manhattan Matt

    Camelot has faded, New York needs an experienced, seasoned, and gifted person in the Senate, and Caroline, Gold bless her, is just not the right person. Do the correct thing Governor; do not cave to Kennedy pressure,

    January 14, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  21. Otis

    Have you heard Caroline Kennedy talk in public? She sounds like a Valley Girl.

    Do the right thing Gov Paterson or else you'll be unemployed next year as well.

    January 14, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  22. sharon

    As a New Yorker, I oppose the appointment of Kennedy and support the poll numbers. Gov. Paterson is above appointing people for name. If he does, this will be a bad sign for all New Yorkers that New York politics is as corrupt as Chicago – call it whatever you want. "PAy for play" or pay for advancement of self interests – same thing. Gov. Paterson has always focused on what is good for new York. I expect no less of him.

    January 14, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  23. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    The office of senator requires more then name recognition. I don't think that her name carries that experience. I think the good people need a person to be their representative with experience in government, not just another Kennedy.

    Princess Caroline should take care of her family first, not just try to campaign for this appointment you know and get the experience first.

    January 14, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  24. Dina-Bronx

    "Y'know, my fellow Americans, y'know, ask not, y'know, what your, y'know country can y'know ... do for you ...." (If her father spoke like she does, he would never have become the President!)

    People! New York can NOT afford to have an inexperienced person who has lived a privileged life, lived a non-public life, and has not voted in YEARS to replace the NY senate seat left by Hillary Clinton. If she is honestly interested in politics, let her run for City Council of her district, or dog cather, but to be a senator? We need experience and someone ready to go on day one! My hope is for Andrew Cuomo or David Paterson to replace Hillary. Not Caroline Schlosberg!

    January 14, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  25. Todd

    Caroline Kennedy's sense of entitlement really bothers me. She hasnt said what qualifies her to be a senator (probably because there is nothing she can point to that does qualfy her), instead she has come out as if this position belongs to her solely because of her last name. She has no qualifications for the position, and in no way belongs in the senate

    January 14, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
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