December 17th, 2008
03:00 PM ET
12 years ago

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. Mickie

    No matter who he appoints, that person will have to run again in 2 years. For those who say she has not done anything, she has done a lot of gratis legal work but just because she doesn't toot her own horn about it all these years, people think she has not done anything. People really love the blowhards.

    December 17, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  2. Mike

    Why is no one mentioning Kennedy's LACK OF EXPERIENCE?

    When Palin was nominated as the VP candidate that was all you heard, and she has more political experience the Kennedy.

    A clear double standard here.

    December 17, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. Bert

    We fought a revolution to rid ourselves of political dynasties. We do not need another Kennedy.

    December 17, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. ran

    Why do so many hate having a senator who would be for the people and not for special interest. Caroline has work hard for the people much like her Uncle Ted has and in keeping with the Kennedy's of "to much is given much to give ideals". Cuomo is another politicians who is power hungry/special interest driven.

    New Yorkers Caroline would make your state and this country proud. She really would be a people senator.

    December 17, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. Ron

    Have we lost all our sence of reasoning. We have enough unqualifed
    people in our government. Do not add another, just because the Name in Kennedy. We are not a very educated voting public....Wise up voters and demand an election.

    December 17, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. Billy J , TX-

    I have been pro-Drescher since she said she would do it. Fran is not the character on TV, she is super savvy and knows how to get stuff done. A perfect replacement for Hillary. If this isn't going to be an election, but for some reason folks want name recognition then Drescher is the one!!! I agree that Caroline has never expressed interest until now, which begs the question, why not work for it the way most pols would. If they are just 'giving' it then Drescher is a better bet in my book.

    December 17, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. BJ

    ...and people call Illinois a corrupt state. How much is Harry Reid gonna give to Patersons re-election fund?

    December 17, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. Carl Justus

    The Kennedy's have contributed more to this country since 1960 than any other family. They did not come as takers, but givers and give they have done more than any other family that I know of.
    John Kennedy and Robert Kennedy gave their lives fighting for the poor and underpriviliged. Ted Kennedy has been the lion of senate fighting for the poor for more than 30 years.
    Caroline Kennedy would make as good a senator as we have and she would carry on the tradition of the Kennedy family fighting for those who have no voice in government.
    She would not sell her soul to highest bidder or some special interest group. I say appoint her and let her show you how to help bring America back to a government of the people by the people and for the people.

    December 17, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. Yep

    I can't stand her. Go away.

    December 17, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. Dianne

    Geez! Give her a break. She hadn't even announced her interest when this so-called poll was taken.

    The last paragraph says it all. Caroline over Cuomo two-to-one!

    Go Caroline Kennedy! You'll make a wonderful Junior Senator from the great State of NY.

    December 17, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. Bev

    Well now it makes sense why she came out and endorsed Obama. I wonder if he knew she was interested in becoming senator when he picked Hilliary as Secretary of State? If she wants to become a senator she should run for senator...not be "appointed". I do not think that the Kennedy name is an automatic for becoming a senator. I agree with the previous reader...there's too many families in public office.

    December 17, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. Mark

    tor December 17th, 2008 12:39 pm ET

    Caroline Kennedy is the nice of the slain senator of New York Robert Kennedy; let his legacy live by appointing her as the next senator of New York

    No, she and the rest of the Kennedys need to go away.

    The Kennedys have done enough damage to this country.

    December 17, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. Brad

    It's time to get away from political legacies including the Bushes, Clintons, and Kennedys. I live in NYS and definitely don't need a Kennedy.

    December 17, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  14. Andrew

    Caroline Kennedy might have a JD from Columbia but that does NOT qualify her to become a New York State Senator. There are many who are more qualified; a JD from a law school decades ago says little about whether she's fit to run a Congressional position.

    Also, I think it's preposterous how she can make a couple of rapid phone calls and announce her interest in the Senate seat like she's running a campaign. The ONLY reason she is a marginal favorite to win the vacant seat is because of her last name. Coupled with Patterson's political ambitions, she's likely to get it–hopefully, she'll be forced out of office in two years.

    December 17, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. Eve Catherine

    Fran Drescher for senator. Cuomo and Kennedy aren't the only ones interested. I seriusly think that Fran is very smart and definately more prepared than Caroline Kennedy.

    December 17, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. John

    Don't really understand why she gets to "start at the top", just because she's a Kennedy. Aren't there other qualified candidates (i.e., ones who have held elective office and "paid their dues")?

    December 17, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Caroline Shlossberg is smart and could have a brilliant law career if she wanted so. Instead, she chose to give it all up, married an innocuous, not especially accomplished, man and settled for the life of a wealthy society housewife.
    There is nothing wrong with it, I would not mind trading places with Caroline, but it doesn't make her qualified for political post any more then I am qualified!

    December 17, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  18. Deborah

    I support Caroline Kenndy.
    She is so well known and can reach out to any group or person(s).
    She has name recognition.
    She is smart and reserved.
    Caroline Kennedy owes NO ONE like other politicians do.
    I believe her when she says Obama inspired her to work in government.
    She has lived in NYC most of her life.
    I am a big fan of Hillary Clinton and hope she doesn't stop this from happening. I would think less of her.
    I want to see Caroline work for all New Yorkers including Western New York.

    December 17, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  19. JLB


    December 17, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. To Phil

    I agree. In fact, Kennedy is more qualified than Clinton.

    December 17, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. Mary

    Let's have Mrs. Chaney move to New York and run for the seat. After all, that is what Hillary did. What is wrong with her running for the seat. All Palin has is a Bachelor degree. Caroline is an attorney.

    December 17, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. janet

    i would hope that she is not picked to replace Hillary the only think she has ever done is have kids and live the good life we the Kennedy money,

    December 17, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. Janice

    If Caroly Kennedy is appointed to the U.S. Senate she should donate her salary to the impoverished in this country.

    December 17, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. JR

    I am a bit uneasy about the comment "all the buzz." The press has reported about Caroline Kennedy...and created the buzz. Then this article is referencing a phenomenon created by the media. While this specific article is very objective (thank you!) let's keep all stories this way, ok CNN?

    December 17, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. Dee


    Thanks for saying that. There's nothing left to say

    December 17, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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