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. Chaun

    Quote: "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."

    Who wouldn't keep a job that pays this well with this many benefits, and retirement packages?
    I'm sick of people saying they are public servants and demanding our respect. If they deserve it yes, but not just because they sat in congress for ten terms.
    Policeman, Fireman, ect do deserve our respect.

    August 11, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  2. Texas Doc

    Republicans have NO ONE that even comes close to Kennedy or his family. They have collectively done more for America than the Republican party as a whole. The thing is they really care about people, something the Republicans could actually care less about.

    August 11, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  3. GuyInVA

    "...the type of politician other Senators should emulate." See, Senator Ensign (R-NV). If you had just drowned your mistress before she could rat you out, you wouldn't be in this mess.

    He is most popular in the Northeast and least popular in the South. Much like unsweetened ice tea... oh, and labor unions and the mafia.

    August 11, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  4. Steve in North Carolina

    Where did you take this poll...in Massachusetts?

    August 11, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    Nothing gets up the hackles of the GOP more than a Kennedy does.

    When your party is leaderless, without a message, and sinking fast, what is left for the GOP to do but to mouth out about the ill and the dying?

    Great job guys!

    August 11, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  6. kishen c.rao

    of course, they are kennedys....

    August 11, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  7. mark bryant iii

    I admire and respect Ted Kennedy. But at the same time, because of his health, he should step down. Giving the slightest chance that he will finish up his term, he won't run again in 2012. He governor could always appoint or even choose an special election.

    August 11, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  8. AJ

    Is it any big surprise that the hypocritical Bible banging republican bigots in the south don't like Kennedy? Please, not one of them is capable of an original thought or an act of true unselfish unjudgmental kindness. There is not one republican who is a decent human being.

    August 11, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  9. Bill in California

    AND 51% OF EVERYONE EVER LIVING thinks that poll results can be slanted to support whatever headlines the news agency is trumpeting any particular day..

    August 11, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  10. C W

    Well, you know how it is with those rightwing Republican religious types who profess to be Christian but cannot forgive or tolerate anyone who has a different opinion than theirs.

    August 11, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  11. JonDie

    What exactly is CNN's point?

    Edward Kennedy is

    1) a senator from Massachussetts so only Massachussans (sic) and

    b) is rapidly fading from the scene due to old age and health.

    If he does have one lasting national legacy, it is that Kennedy helped give Obama's presidential campaign wings with which to fly.

    But even that's a done deal.

    So like most of what the media published, this is NOT news.

    August 11, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  12. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    The GOP loathe the Kennedys because the Kennedsy are something they can never aspire to – intelligent, caring, successful, good-looking and self-aware of their surroundings.

    August 11, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  13. Jake

    keep fighting for health care! his legacy of civil service will live on

    August 11, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  14. Darth Vadik, CA

    He's a LION of the left.
    Of course we love him, him and his whole family.

    Love you Ted.

    August 11, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  15. Blue

    We all have short-comings, but few have done as much for Man-Kind as the Kennedys.

    August 11, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  16. Barb

    My goodness there is a lot of "unChristian" people out there. Ted Kennedy has more than paid his dues to his fellow Americans... give him the respect he deserves. As for past discretions... these self-professed Bible lovers should remember ... "he who is without sin... etc. etc."

    August 11, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  17. Claudia in Houson

    There are those of us who give so much and then there are just those.

    August 11, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  18. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Oh well, the Republicans hate everybody and everything.

    What's new?

    August 11, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  19. annie s

    I hope that Senator Kennedy has a chance to see the healthcare reform that he has worked so long and hard for pass. Like most of us, he has not had a perfect personal life, but he has spent his public career working on behalf of people like me. God Bless you, Senator.

    August 11, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  20. Jimmy the Greek

    This poll tells you MORE about CNN's "Poll List" than Ted Kennedy. Did CNN buy their list from Moveon.Org??

    August 11, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  21. m smith

    The Kennedy family have made many contributions to society over the years. The repos will bring up all kinds of stuff to defame them.Chapaquitk happened a long time age. Eunice was a wonderful woman who did more for special needs than ol Palin will ever do.So I know she would never have been for the health care if she felt it would put special needs people on trial or having to make life and death dicessions. Thats the scare tatic used by the repos. Senator Kennedy has always championed health care and it is sad to know he is suffering right now.

    August 11, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  22. malclave

    Is he still driving up costs for the people in his insurance pool?

    Good thing we don't have ObamaCare, isn't it? Not that he, as a government employee, would be expected to be in the same pool as the rest of us unwashed masses.

    August 11, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  23. MLH

    Why was the poll done in the first place? Not sure the results are that surprising.

    August 11, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  24. Sandra Day

    We need to pass the healthcare bill for Ted and everyone else. There's nothing wrong with civilized debating and protesting that gives everyone a chance to be heard. The problem with the Republican protesting at town hall events about America's Affordable Health Choices Act is that it is being organized from the top down by wealthy special interest groups, like the Conservatives for Patients' Rights. They are led by Rick Scott, who was formerly in charge of Columbia HCA, a health care company that was busted for overcharging government programs and had to pay $1.7 billion in fines a while back. They are working with the PR firm that ran the Swift Boat ads against John Kerry in 2004. Networks like Fox are blatantly lying about what's in the bill (i.e. death panels, forced euthanasia, outlawing private insurance, etc.) and so yes, people are getting worked up over it, because they are getting worked by the special interests and don't know it. They get the hard-working, middle class people out there protesting health care reform that would protect them from financial ruin in the event of an illness or accident when they're the ones who need it the most. It's actually sad.

    August 11, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  25. alpha_nu_916

    what a shock, the south hates a man from mass.
    next thing you'll tell me, texans hate us californians.

    August 11, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
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