December 17th, 2008
03:00 PM ET
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Kennedy not the clear favorite for Senate seat, poll says

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="New Yorkers are roughly divided on who they want to be their next senator."](CNN) - A new poll out Wednesday suggests there is no clear favorite among New Yorkers on who they think should replace Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Senate - and despite the buzz over Caroline Kennedy, the soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat is not necessarily hers for the taking.

According to a new survey from Siena College, 26 percent of New York voters and 30 percent of New York Democrats favor another potential pick with a famous last name - current New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo, the son of former governor Mario Cuomo.

Some 23 percent of New York voters - and 28 percent of Democrats - want Kennedy to get the post. Nearly one in five preferred one of the othe Democrats often mentioned for the post, and another one in five had no preference for their next U.S. Senator.

The top two potential choices also have nearly identical favorability ratings - 58-21 percent for Kennedy and 59-24 percent for Cuomo.

"Both Kennedy and Cuomo have high name recognition among New Yorkers, and Cuomo has run for - and won - statewide office, which may help him marginally," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Since the poll was done before Kennedy's officially announced her interest in the Senate seat, it's possible her support today is a little higher than it was before her announcement. But ultimately, the choice will be made by the Governor, not the voters of New York."

But while New Yorkers may be roughly divided on who they think should be named to the post, 31 percent believe Gov. David Paterson will ultimately pick Kennedy compared to the 16 percent who say Cuomo will get it.

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  1. Get over it

    She is just as qualified for the job as Hillary was when she 1st ran for the Senate.

    But that doesn't make it right !!!!!!!!!

    December 17, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. Dina-Bronx

    Andrew Cuomo has been an advocate for New Yorkers for many years. He was the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under the Clinton administration. He did a lot of work for the homeless in New York and has been the attorney general for NY for the last couple of years.

    Nothing against Caroline per se, but now she thinks she should be a senator? Why? Because she's a senator? Because she's been on a couple of charitable organizations? That's what the "priviledged" get to do!

    Gov. Patterson: Pick the one who's better qualified!

    December 17, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. Rob

    The problem with Andrew Cuomo is that he does not know how to get along with others, an important skill for the Senate. Whether at HUD or running for Governor, he distinguished himself by not getting along with people. We should have a more effective Senator.

    December 17, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. Laverne

    Whether you want to admit it or not, the Kennedy's have been in public servants for this country for a long time including Caroline. She may not be the "most qualified" whatever that is suppose to be, but at least she is humble, hard working and capable of doing the job as she does have a working brain unlike the barbie doll from Alaska. She certainly should not be punished or disqualified because she is a Kennedy.

    December 17, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. Paul

    Sure, legacy's way more important than qualifications. What the heck is wrong with some of you? This is a perfect example of how some people are too ignorant to vote.

    December 17, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. Canadian POV

    Funny, last night on CNN the pundits said that the polls showed Kennedy with a slam dunk lead. So much for polls!

    Nobody can honestly compare her credentials with Caribou Barbie for crying out loud. Famous daughter/niece or not, at least she has an education, a history of charitable work and an understanding of how government is supposed to work. At least she knows what the US Constitution says and was crafted to do and she has an excellent command of the English language. Can't recall her winking at people either.

    December 17, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. No incumbents 2010

    To Lisa V: The other side has stricter rules for qualifying. Caroline Kennedy has never been a community organizer so you might want to ease up a bit.

    December 17, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. Linda, CA

    Please, isn’t this just another pay for play scam. She supported Obama and now wants her pay back. She isn’t even qualified but will probably get it over qualified people. What a crook!

    December 17, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. Mrs Texas

    I think it would be great if she's selected. She would do a better job the Mrs Sarah....... Get over it and remeber what did Hillary have before Bill went into office. This is about her supporting Obama.. Lets tell the truth..

    December 17, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. Meritocrat

    I am completely opposed to this idea of "giving" the New York Senate seat to Caroline Kennedy. The paramount consideration has to be the interests of the State of New York. What are her credentials? What has she done?

    This seat should go to some hard-working, time-tested congressman or state legislator who has paid his dues.

    Please urge Gov Paterson to make his decision in the best interests of New Yorkers.

    December 17, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  11. Jonita M

    Phil.....Caroline has never used her married name she has always used Kennedy....

    December 17, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. Nevada

    Before you judge, please read what she has done for public and type of public services she has been involved. She shouldn't be disqualified just because she is Kennedy or just because she has not been part of political scene.

    December 17, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. Steve from TN

    Her integrity is beyond reproach. Does anyone think she would ever be involved in any situations that would impune the people of New York or the USA? She is committed to the success of our country. She is of course too wealthy to be influenced for personal gain. Nothing in her past even suggests she would do anything but her best to serve. If the good people of NY are not satisfied if she is appointed to the Sen,, in 2 yrs they can show their dissatisfaction at the ballot box. As for hear name, what is the woman to do, change it? This status neither qualifies nor disqualifies her . Good luck to whomever is chosen.

    December 17, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  14. RAVI

    Caroline Kennedy belongs to Kennedy dynasty so, she should be elected through election process not selection process like how Hillary Clinton. Then she will be powerful senator. Governor should hold special election.

    December 17, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  15. Richard

    Buffalo Byron Brown for Senator

    December 17, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  16. M.Warner

    Caroline kennedy would be a perfect choice to be Senator. She does not have to pay attention to any lobbyists and maybe can do some good for this country and eespecially education for our children.

    December 17, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. SPO

    Caroline Kennedy is just another spoiled, pampered, trust fund baby who's never worked a day in her life. Am sick of "politics of privilege". What's next? Chelsea for President in 2020?

    December 17, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. Sarah, Northern Colorado

    Why don't they allow the state residents to choose via election, considering the people are the ones the government are governing?

    December 17, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  19. D

    Why shouldn't Caroline Kennedy put her name in the pot if she wants the position. So what if she never wanted to be involved in politics before. She said that Pres-Elect Obama inspried her.

    The same complainers probably think Angelina Jolie is an earthmother too

    December 17, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  20. Liar Liar Pants on Fire

    Obama wasn't either.

    December 17, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  21. Jennifer Xie

    I think the Kennedy family takes our public office positions as the public transit – they can get on anytime they feel like to.
    Shouldn't we at least let know what makes Caroline Kennedy qualified as a senator?

    December 17, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  22. Joe Tate

    She has a one line resume'; " My father was President"
    She is a spoiled little girl, but I hope she doesn't get what she wants this time.

    December 17, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  23. swinn

    I'm not from New York, but if it were my choice, I'd take a Cuomo over a Kennedy any day.

    December 17, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  24. docb

    It is a bit early to be running useless polls.. What percentage was upstate and what % NYC! What % is diehard/straight party ticket dem?

    Hillery has yet to give up the seat because she has not been confirmed!! She is working the Senate floor as we will not be a slam dunk for her confirmation...Her cool reception on her return tell us she has not made many friends!

    Paterson will make a thoughtful choice but a difficult one.

    December 17, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  25. Benst

    Congresperson Kristen Gillibrand is easily the Most Qualifed person to be the next Senator representing New York.

    Unfortunatly, "Princess Caroline Kennedy" woke up one morning and decided that instead of a pony or a dolly, she wanted to be a senator, so she called Uncle Teddy and he will arm twist Governor David Patterson until his little girl gets what she wants. It's obvious that the majority New York voters would have Never picked the Princess to be next Senator if anyone had bother to ask them. Since the Princess cann't win an election fair and square she will get Uncle Teddy to hand it to on a silver platter to go with the silver spoon in her mouth.

    This is Almost as bad as the Governor of Illinois picking the next person to fill President-Elect Barack Obama's senate seat.

    December 17, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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