January 14th, 2009
02:57 PM ET
6 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. Robert

    Would someone remind me what was so great about Camelot? Oh, that's right; the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban missile crisis, and an affair with Marilyn Monroe. The people of New York, and America for that matter, better be careful what they wish for.

    January 14, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  2. Pete

    If you consider that Caroline didn't marry a draft dodger, and to my knowledge hasn't had to tolerate and does not condone a husband that enjoys extramarital affairs, her patriotism and moral and ethical standards are way above that of the person she will be replacing. This in itself makes her far more qualified to represent decent hard working Americans.

    January 14, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. Allen

    My impersonation of Caroline Kennedy: Y'know Y'know Y'know Y'know Y'know Y'know Y'know Y'know Y'know Y'know Y'know Y'know Y'know Y'know Y'know Y'know Y'know Y'know Y'know Y'know Y'know Y'know Y'know Y'know Y'know Y'know Y'know Y'know Y'know Y'know Y'know Y'know Y'know (Yeah, real intelligent woman...but, hey, check out that last name.)

    January 14, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. Bo from the ATL

    To Allen who wrote:

    "She has never done anything but "be a Kennedy," and judging by her unscripted remarks to the media, she is obviously an air head."

    You "obviously" have not seen Kennedy's resume (Attorney, Constitutional Author, etc,) . She can hold her own and makes you and Palin look like intellectual midgets

    January 14, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. Joel Dean

    They have the nerve to question if Leon Panetta is qualified to
    lead the CIA, They fear questioning Roland Burris for fear of racial discrimination backlash.

    Ask yourself than, what qualifications does Barack Obama
    have to be president?

    Ms. Kennedy is as qualfied as any.

    January 14, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. yen

    I am not a New Yorker, but my vote is for Caroline. She is best qualified for the job. She doesn't need money because she has enough of it. Her family name is not for some benefit for herself, but is very useful for fund raising and a lot of other things a politician needs to be effective. She is serious and knowledgeable.

    January 14, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. DClaire

    Andrew Cuomo should replace Hillary Clinton-

    D.Claire

    January 14, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. Jim, Honolulu

    You can't convince me that of all the accomplished, experienced people living in New York Ms. Kennedy is the best (and I doubt she's either). End this buffonery, pick Cuomo, and let's get on with fixing the country's problems.

    January 14, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  9. williefloyd

    Not a New Yorker so I don't really care that much-do respect the Kennedy name however. To Joy O, CK may not have practised law but at least she has the degree to do so if she so chooses. Don't quite get the connection to Sarah Palin who has a 6 yr. degree in journalism-sort of like comparing apples to oranges. Bottom line-CK has the intelligence to obtain her law degree.

    January 14, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. Bob from Kentucky

    Just read the poll. The numbers quoted in the article include the Republican Kennedy haters. Among Democrats they look to be statistically tied. And there is also pushback from Hillary's people, which in the longrun isn't worth the paper their ballots are printed on. The truth is that Republicans are absolutely terrified of the prospect of meeting Caroline Kennedy in an election.

    January 14, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. Irritated in Fl

    He's not seeing either. Someone Please read the polls to him. NO MORE KENNEDYS!

    January 14, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. Bo from the ATL

    To Sue in CT via Brooklyn NY:

    Well said!!

    January 14, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. mike e. cooney

    Apparently, New Yawkers, aren't as stupid, vapid, and as heathen as I once thought!

    January 14, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  14. Dina-Bronx

    James:

    I did NOT support Hillary Clinton when she ran for NY State senator because she "forced" her way into NY and had some strings pulled for her run for senator of New York State (although she wasn't a resident for the required period of time). HOWEVER, Hillary at least RAN for senator and WON because other people voted for her, and she did not have a "privileged life" - she held jobs, she votes, and she proved herself.

    Caroline is just a Kennedy - nothing more.

    January 14, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. Rick

    I hope the Governor picks someone qualified but she's not it. She's never had a job, run for office or done anything that wasn't handed to her. On the other hand this is politics and NY let Hillary run for the senate and she didn't even live there. Sure she bought a house there to establish residency but it's obvious she looked at a senate job as beneath her and only useful as a stepping stone to the Oval Office. New Yorkers got what they deserved from her...someone who used the office to try to advance herself and after spending most of her time running for president and not doing her job she will become Secretary of State.

    If they appoint Kennedy New Yorkers will get someone who feels entitled to the job but little else. She'll work as hard at being a Senator as the effort she put into getting the job which is minimal. Let her run in '10 if she wants to be Senator. I'd bet anything she won't lift a finger to actually run for the job.

    January 14, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. Jackie in Dallas

    Wow, I hadn't read all the hate blogs before I made my earlier comments.

    Never held a real job? Hmm. I guess spending years raising money for education (more than $25 million, I think) in New York doesn't count - especially if YOU didn't benefit. She has held unpaid, volunteer jobs for years, donates a tremendous amount of time to charities and foundations that benefit the people of New York, has written books, and you guys make her sound like Paris Hilton! No, she didn't need to make a salary, but she HAS worked most of her life. And how many of YOU graduated with honors from a prestigeous school of law?

    Stupid, people. At least get your facts straight. Andrew Cuomo has run in state elections a number of times, and failed miserably at most of them (in one he got only 16,000 votes out of 2.2 million, according to Wikipedia). The only election he won, State Attorney General (which he has only held for two years), he won by one of the smallest margins in New York state history. So he isn't some shining star with years of experience, either. Oh, but he was appointed to replace Cisceros as Secretary of HUD under Clinton.

    So, a famous name on one side, and a famous name on the other and the majority of a poll says that they want the one who could not, in previous years, win the office he is seeking. Glad I'm NOT from New York now!

    January 14, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. Humored in Texas

    Personal to Allen:

    Then you must think a Bush press conference is interesting, too, right?!

    January 14, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  18. JonJon

    You know, Caroline is royalty, you know. She doesn't need experience. She just has to smile, you know. She has money, you know. She is a lawyer, you know. What kind of law cases she worked on you ask? How dare you ask! You know, she does not have to answer questions commoners like you all ask, you know. She is a Kennedy after all, you know. And well, you know, she is a Kennedy. And her qualifications are she is a Kennedy. What more can you ask for aside from the fact that she is a Kennedy, you know?

    January 14, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  19. Craig in Brooklyn

    The fact that Andrew Cuomo has been dating trailer-trash Sandra Lee from the Food Network for three years calls his judgment into serious question. Just imagine her semi-ho-made dinner parties in Georgetown.

    January 14, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  20. Robin

    So what, she has a good education. She can't speak and she has ZERO experience to do the job at hand.

    January 14, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  21. Jim

    Bob from Kentucky January 14th, 2009 12:16 pm ET

    Just read the poll. The numbers quoted in the article include the Republican Kennedy haters. Among Democrats they look to be statistically tied. And there is also pushback from Hillary's people, which in the longrun isn't worth the paper their ballots are printed on. The truth is that Republicans are absolutely terrified of the prospect of meeting Caroline Kennedy in an election.
    ____________________________________________________

    So are you implying that the governor only represents the Democrats in NY. I bet Republicans there pay taxes too. Also, they will be affected by her representation of the state and country. Seems like their opinions should at least be considered.

    January 14, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  22. Ava

    My female intuition tells me Caroline Kennedy wants this high profile position at this particular time due to Uncle Teddy's precarious health status. She wants to please her uncle...now. I doubt she will be interested in any political election in two years.

    January 14, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  23. FreeNLovIt

    This is America. Rich or poor, popular or not, we all have the right to pursue our dreams. I hope she gets her cat claws out and fight to be knighted. And if W qualifies to be Prez, she qualifies to be anything she dreams to be.

    January 14, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  24. Jane T, Williamsburg, VA

    Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg is not qualified to be the junior Senator from NY. Th Kennedy name should not be her appointment ticket. While she is an accomlished woman, there are so many other more comeptent, read for, and deserving of this honored post.

    January 14, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  25. boered1

    Just remember all you people complaining about C. kennedy, if her name was NOT Kennedy and she had the same background oyu would be asking for her! What you idiots prove in this discussion (same as in the Burriss discussion) is you will believe ANYTHING and not really think things through!

    So when Cuomo is appointed and he acts JUST LIKE A POLITICIAN BECAUSE HE IS A POLITICIAN I do not want to hear whining about how DC doesn't listen to anyone but politicians who are beholden to the lobbiest who have got them from the local school board to national attention because according to you idiots you should only represent the people if you are a) a lawyer b) a career politician. And you wonder why all we have are career politicians and lawyers in Government who are more worried about getting reelected and pleasing the lobbiest than they are about the peoples work

    idiots

    January 14, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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