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. jeff in MA

    No more Kennedys or Clintons or Bushes, we need different faces leading this country. This dynasty stuff doesn't work, if you don't agree, read a history book.

    December 17, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. Sick and Tired

    Exactly what has she done to qualify her for this seat other than being a Kennedy? That's what I thought.

    December 17, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  3. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Stephen Colbert is always an option...

    December 17, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. Pamela, OH

    Whatever, we've seen some raunchy, devious people running for an office. At least Caroline is qualified and comes from good stock, and she's smart. New York could do a lot worse.

    December 17, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  5. Mari

    Even though I admire and like the Kennedy Clan, especially for their sacrifice and their service to their Nation.

    I do not see Caroline as senator. Nothing personal, I just believe that real-world-experience like working for a living is necessary to truly understand the regular people that Congress serves.

    December 17, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. Province of Saskatchewan Canada for Obama/Biden

    As an outsider looking in. I truly believe that Carolyn Kennedy has the tenacity and the qualities to be a good Senator. Give her that chance and opportunity to lead.

    December 17, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. xcusme

    Is she qualified? She should not received the seat because she is a Kennedy. Present it to the people and let them vote. We still live in a democracy. Or have we become a birthright nation?

    December 17, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. Iowa Mom4

    Have any of you bothered to find out what Caroline's qualifications are?

    It is not Caroline’s fault her name is Kennedy or was born into a moneyed family. She could have been wasted space like Paris Hilton but she has chosen another path. . . . keeping a low profile and working gratis for the good of children, seniors, education, etc.

    Too bad her name is not Jane Doe. Maybe then you malcontents would be OK with her selection.

    Research before you submit your inane comments about something you evidently know nothing about except that her name is Kennedy.

    December 17, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    There is absolutely no reason to select Ms schlossberg to be Senator notwithstanding some supposed long-overdue "legacy". i have no experience either. I'm running too. I'll call the Governor today.

    December 17, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. Trace

    I'm a big believer in the pecking order of rank and 'wait til it's your turn'. Caroline is a part of one of the most prominent politically rich family of humanitarian history and relief of our time but the fact of the matter is her abilities as an effective 'servant of the public' is mired in timidity, obscurity and reluctance. As the old adage comtemplates, "...whom much is given much is required...(to give back)". Although charmed and quietly intelligent and supportive, I don't believe it would be right to give her a senate seat that would potentially go to someone else who is more qualified and doesn't have the name Kennedy.

    December 17, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. Check the facts

    FIRST Why don't you check Carolines education / what she has accomplished in her life time and if Caroline isn't considered qualified WHO IN THIS WORLD IS?

    Fess up the real truth is you just don't like the name .if it isnt race,gender, middle name ,last name ,vetted,qualified ,religion on and on as in the last round it will be whatever word they can dream up to cover for what their real reason is .

    December 17, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  12. J.D.

    Obviously, Andrew Cuomo would win an election against Caroline Kennedy if it were held today. But then again, as deserving as he may be, Cuomo is also political "royalty."

    December 17, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. Frank the Tank

    No more kennedy's, clintons, bushes, and other elite families... looks like money can buy everything!!!

    December 17, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. Presiednt Kennedy

    She is a better prsident than Obama is.

    December 17, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. Inthistogether

    Whoever is chosen will have to run for the office in 2010. That will both test the appointee democratically and from a resources (campaign) standpoint. Caroline has been around politics her whole life, is a well educated individual and dedicated to the public interest. To her credit she has not played off of her celebrity, but becoming involved in Obama's campaign has obviously inspired her to come out of the shadows. Good for her.The fact that she is a Kennedy should not be considered one way or the other but the decision belongs to the Governor. Whoever is chosen the voters of New York will have their say in two years.

    December 17, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. Tom

    While I am not necessarily opposed to Caroline Kennedy to be my Senator (I'm in NY) by the same token, I cannot support her until I hear from her. let her speak to the voters so as to make a case for herself. Then I would certainly agree to consider her. Certainly, fundraising would not be a problem for her.

    December 17, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. Dennis

    A law degree and philanthropic work do not a Senator make.

    This whole business of appointing Senators, under ANY conditions, is ridiculous. It isn't democratic. I don't see why they can't leave the seat open and hold a special election now to fill it until 2012.

    Running for office means getting vetted, means dealing with public scrutiny...neither of which are a bad thing intrinsically.

    December 17, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  18. Paula Wesley

    She's the best and the brightest. Her family has sacraficed much for America- Joseph Jr, John, and Bobby. Hillary and Palin had less experience when they became senator and governor and they are doing very well according to thier constituents.

    December 17, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  19. KG

    This is too funny. Caroline Kennedy never showed any political aspirations. But now, that she can get a Senate seat with very little effort on her part, she's all for it. True example of entitlement. If she'd have to work for it, she doesn't want it. When it can just be given to her, she's for it. Worst thing about it is, she actually thinks she's deserving of it. New York, you deserve better.

    December 17, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. Karen Molitor

    I think the average US citizen has finally had enough "Kennedy" and other dynasty family hoopla.

    December 17, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. earle,woodstock,vt

    Pathetic, this country is so gone,it makes the "Old England " (British Empire) we fault so valiantly against for freedom (1700's Independence) seem like a dream that never happened! PS, Once they (IL,NY) get in office, their in for "Life",...

    December 17, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  22. Julia G. Davila

    I believe that, our next senator should be elected among the most qualified people in New York, not simply because Caroline kennedy gave her support for President Obama.

    December 17, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  23. NY republican

    Avis – it is obvious that you have not seen or heard what Caroline has been doing in and for NY and the rest of the country. Raising money for untold charities, Practicing Constitutional law, etc. The qualifications a lot of New Yorkers are looking for, she has in abundence. 2 of them are she is NOT a career politician and SHE LIVES IN THE STATE.

    December 17, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  24. roberta wickham

    I think the Kennedys have "delighted" us long enough. Robert Kennedy's brief tenure in our (New York's, that is) Senate seat has now been expensively commemorated by naming the Triboro Bride after him.

    I think need to look to the talent we have already elected to Congress and to the State Legislature for somebody to replace Hillary Clinton

    Quite a lot of the pro-Kennedy noise you are hearing is from people who don't live in New York. Who gets to represent New Yorkers in Washington is simply none of their business.

    December 17, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  25. Paula Wesley

    Is Fran Dressler college educated?

    December 17, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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