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.