August 11th, 2009
05:14 PM ET
5 years ago

CNN Poll: Majority have a favorable view of Sen. Kennedy

In a new CNN poll out Tuesday, 51 percent have a favorable view of Sen. Kennedy.
In a new CNN poll out Tuesday, 51 percent have a favorable view of Sen. Kennedy.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A bare majority of Americans have a favorable view of Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Massachusetts, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll out Tuesday.

Fifty-one percent hold a favorable view of the longtime senator while 35 percent have an unfavorable view.

"Three-quarters of Democrats have a favorable view of Kennedy, but two-thirds of Republicans have an unfavorable view of him," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "He is most popular in the Northeast and least popular in the South."

The survey of 1,136 adult Americans conducted by telephone on July 31-August 3, 2009 and has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.
Kennedy's sister, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, died early Tuesday morning. He has been absent for much of the 111th Congress, because he is battling brain cancer.


Filed under: CNN poll • Ted Kennedy
soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. DF

    Senator Ted Kennedy is the type of Politician that other US Senators should emulate. Ted Kennedy has always fought for the best interest of common Americans.

    August 11, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  2. baracuda

    Can someone tell me why this poll was necessary. What exactly does the CNN want to achieve here? Senator is not running for re-election or is he? Is this about health care? Is this about the death of Senator Kennedy's sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver? Why is this a big story in the front line? CNN, please. Give us a break.

    August 11, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  3. Minnesotan

    Very random!

    August 11, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  4. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    That is because he has paid lots of money to hide his miserable life from the public. A lot of people have gotten rich of his extortion payoffs and it would be interesting to know how many children he really has.

    August 11, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  5. GOP = Truth & Tolerance

    It is time for Senator Kennedy to retire with dignity and give someone else a chance to serve. He has obtained re-election too many times already by benefitting from numerous incumbent protection programs including the franking privilege and PAC / special interest / lobbyist contributions. Forty-seven (47) years in the United States Senate is long enough. Is no one else in Massachusetts qualified to serve as a U.S. Senator.

    August 11, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  6. Rebecca

    No wonder... since this poll was conducted by a news corporation well-known for its Democratic leanings and followers..

    August 11, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  7. bozo the obama

    i've been waiting for his final judgement for 47 LONG years..please be near.

    August 11, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  8. Albo58

    Give me a break! This thieving drunkard, like Byrd and Dingell, should have been canned years ago!

    August 11, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  9. Debby

    Yeah well you didn't poll New England then.

    August 11, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  10. Mamanomia

    There is no American family who can claim to have "given" to this country ..in terms of social justice and charity ..as have the Kennedys.
    Any purist who wishes to any way disparage these people had better check their own closets..I, for one, am proud of these people.

    August 11, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  11. Mike

    CORRECTED TITLE:
    CNN Poll: Majority OF DEMOCRATS have a favorable view of Sen. Kennedy

    August 11, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  12. yuri

    When it comes to unfav. persons, the GOP takes the cake and it abounds in a host of heels and mugs galore.

    August 11, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. unshrub

    republicans hold an unfavorable view of everyone who doesn't side with them 100% of the time. republican opinions are worthless because they can't think for themselves, they only vote one way without any thought.

    August 11, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  14. Predicta

    Ted is an ok guy, I just don't agree with his vision of America. oh, and don't ever ask him to drive anyone you know home...bad idea!

    August 11, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  15. Kennedyhater

    "......the type of Politician that other US Senators should emulate"
    the type of Politician that other US Senators should emulate

    August 11, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  16. Barack won the election, America loses big time.

    They do have a fond view of him and his brother as major players in our history, however, I suggest you taking a poll as to whether this country prefers his ideology that is closer to Socialism compared to the ideology that was its founding and made this country great Conservatism, and Capitalism, and a Stron Military!!!.

    If you did, you would find Socialism would lose out probably 40 to 1 to Conservatism, Capitalism and a Strong Military in a poll (assuming Americans asked in the poll) .

    August 11, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  17. B

    Do you think that the GOP will ever get it, Americans are in favor of Democrats now and Bush and Co. screwed the GOP to the wall for 20 years!

    August 11, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  18. unshrub

    How come the right, who claim the morality side of issues always have the most unchristian comments?

    August 11, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  19. David B.

    Republicans hold a negative view of everyone who doesn't side with them, eh? Sounds EXACTLY like Democrats. Which is why we're in the pickle we're in right now. Vicious demonization and campaigning has split the country in two. Reasonable compromise is almost impossible.

    August 11, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  20. afp

    Whether you support his politics or not, this man deserves everyones respect for the 47 years of solid faithful service he has given to this country.

    August 11, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  21. Cee

    Awe shucks, gee wiz, he's ailing. Feel bad for him – will ya! Is this ALL CNN has to do with their time? Isn't there ANY OTHER political event that rates a poll? REALLY, CNN. This miserable EXCUSE for a politician has DONE MORE harm in his political lifetime than warrents a poll. Skirt chasing, drinking and bad voting recored are just SOME of the public for instances.

    Get REAL here CNN, look for a better, more worthy cause, to poll. Become a useful media enterprise.

    August 11, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  22. Chaun

    Retire already. I think he would run for re election from a bed at home hooked up to a breathing machine if it came to that. Money buys everything – fact! We need term limits now!!!!!!

    August 11, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  23. Alpo58

    I like Kennedy,hes great.

    August 11, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  24. Obama=Trickle up Poverty

    Who the heck are you polling?? This guy is a disgrace, he would have been denied treatment if he were on the plan he is pushing for the rest of us little people.

    August 11, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  25. Jazzy

    I Love Ted...May god continue to bless you !!!!

    August 11, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
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