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. Riddle

    Caroline has paid for the post – so why not? Money buys position – see what it did for Obama. (would this be her first job?)

    December 17, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. TexAnnie *-*-*-*-* I've been in this game of politics for close to 40 years now

    Caroline may be a really nice person, but I get the feeling she's acting liking some rich little kid saying "Daddy, I want this and I want it now and if I don't get it I'll throw a tantrum".

    December 17, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Ok enough talk about this stuff lets talk about stuff that people like me want to hear and that is UFO's

    December 17, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. JJ12345

    I think she is qualified to be a Senator however the comparasions with Hillary, Franken, and the Govenator are incorrect. She would be appointed while the others ran a campaign and were elected. I am sure there are others that have been involved with state politics for years that may be a better choice. it does seem that she would get it based on the Kennedy name (funny her married name is not mentioned). Everyone knows who she is so there is the recognition but I have heard many on these boards say that America owes it to her. We as a country certainly dont owe it to her, she needs to earn it.

    December 17, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. Lyndon from CA

    Sorry Andrew, try going for Governor of New York instead. You will be following in your father's footsteps with that move. I think you will beat David Patterson hands down, even if you don't get your party's nomination.

    December 17, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. Mike S. New Orleans

    After the devastation done by the Bush Dynasty, I'm a little Dynasty-shy these days.

    Let's abandon the "Lucky Birth Club" method of appointing presidents and senators.

    December 17, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  7. Mickey-Texas

    Caroline is one of the most people conscience persons I have ever known to seek a Senate Office. I say, " Let Freedom Ring!" You go Caroline. It has nothing to do with a dynasty but rather everything to do with the betterment of these United States!

    December 17, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. karen-phoenix

    Caroline is more than qualified. Look up her qualifications, education and what she has done to better the public schools in New York. She grew up in New York, married in New York and her children were born and grew up in New York!!! Far more qualified than even Hillary!!!

    December 17, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. Arkansausage

    Aside from her last name, Caroline Kennedy has approximately ZERO qualifications for this position.

    Enough of the political dynasties already - that kind of thing is what got us in the mess we're in right now. Let's start choosing the best people for the job, not just those who have the "right" last names.

    December 17, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. eddie

    I'm sick of the Kennedys.. There is no reason a name should get her a seat.

    December 17, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. Bill A

    People say she doesn't have experience to be a senator. Gee,look what experience in Washington has done to this country over the past eight yrs.

    December 17, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  12. Tony

    Someone should let Ms. Caroline know that being named to the Senate is NOT a birth right.

    December 17, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. Charles L. Shaw, Liverpool, NY

    NO and NO to both. The citizens of NY State, not just NY city needs to be representitive. Ms Kennedy is here today in Syracuse to see for herself where it was, she has never been up to central new york before. And for Mr. Cuomo he too is a city slicker, born too rich and has no connection to the vast amount of our great state.
    We the citizens of NY need leadership who view all of the citizens equally, not just those who can make large campaign contributions.

    December 17, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  14. bjm

    Kennedy, in her own right, is an excellent choice for this senate seat.

    December 17, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  15. Wendy NC

    This woman is very qualified. So maybe she hasn't been all over the country touting herself or running for office, because she focused on raising her family first. Now the kids are mostly grown and she can do this without family compromise. She has a law degree from Columbia and is licensed in NY and DC. Her work has been notable, although done quietly and out of the spotlight. She grew up surrounded by politics, so don't think for a moment that she doesn't understand. When you compare them...Hillary was an attorney, then exposed to the public as First Lady. Caroline is an attorney and exposed to the public through a very politically inclined family. They are all wealthy in their own right, which means they get into politics for service, not personal gain. I would love to see her be the NY Senator.

    December 17, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |






    December 17, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  17. BigVin

    Caroline has as much experience as her highness, Queen Hillary did....none

    December 17, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. Out with the old in with the new.

    Down with your polls / Isn't there some real news in the world that don't include fabricated polls.
    There was never a day in the election without your stupid polls.
    CNN we are sick and tired of your polls .

    December 17, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. makalujo

    No to Caroline for lack of experience. Cuomo will be a better choice. If the Governor can't make up his mind, then he can choose Bill.

    December 17, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  20. David Goldman





    December 17, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. KJL

    I would like to know why Caroline Kennedy is suddenly interested. Was it an impulsive, emotional choice? Senator Ted Kennedy will probably have to retire due to illness. The legacy factor shouldn't matter. I would prefer to see her run for office, rather than be appointed under these circumstances.

    December 17, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. Mesa Mick

    I love all the Kennedys – including Caroline – but she wouldn't be my first choice to replace Hillary either...

    December 17, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |

    I am sure if she puts her expereince into play, she will WIN New Yorkers Over! i cant think of nothing bad to say about this women.

    NOTHING AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 17, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. Tim

    If people in the U.S really want to see change in this country, then they are going to have to stop electing these "Families" into office.

    December 17, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  25. Bill

    NY should show that it really meant "change" when it voted for Obama. No Kennedy or Cuomo, pick someone who isn't part of the politiacl dynasties – and someone who has shown he/she is not utterly partisan.

    Maybe even pick a minority – when did NY last have a black or hispanic senator?

    December 17, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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