December 17th, 2008
03:00 PM ET
13 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. pam

    cuomo, and anyone else should just step aside, they just don't want another in the seat; they're just jealous.

    December 17, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. Please no

    Please give the seat to Cuomo, Mario was a great governor, and Andrew has earned the confidence of the New York electorate. Kennedy is a Democratic version of Sarah Palin, and to Palin's credit she dosen't look like Mr. Ed. The only reason she is even being considered is because she is a Kennedy. Give the job to a real New Yorker who has earned it, not to a "Kennedy" just because they have that last name. everyone of them can't be John or Bobby, you need look no further then Ted to see that!

    December 17, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. Laura

    She is more EDUCATED & qualified than Sarah Palin can ever be in several lifetimes. Caroline Kennedy may be wealthy, but has spent her entire adult life advocating for causes on behalf of those less fortunate. Her resume is quite impressive people...look before casting such negative comments.

    December 17, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. Diana

    I believe she is not the right person. She probably has helped many causes for education but I have never seen her in harlem or at the welfare office in new york fighting for poor people's rights. What does she know about the needy? Was she at New Orleans when Katrina?
    Where was she when the poors of new york needed help? The homeless?,The brutality?
    First go and get experience with these and then try to be a SENATOR.


    December 17, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. Florida John

    Some think she is good choice becuase she comes from a political family.... and it would be nice to see the name carried on

    I come from a family of Doctors, does that make me qualified to operate? NO>>>>>> Plus do we get an inexperienced person just so a name can carry on. Let her run for office and EARN the seat.

    Please, this politics game is failing you and me! Whatever happened to the best candidate?

    December 17, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. Dave

    Why is everyone calling her Caroline Kennedy ... she is married and has the name of (however you spell it). Just another Kennedy using her father and uncle's names to get a public job. Of course Obama promised her the seat !!! Don't kid yourself. If she doesn't get the seat it will be for one reason only, Obama doesn't want another mess like the Illinois Governor and his vacant seat.

    December 17, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. Jo-jo from Dallas

    I wish you would all read Roland Martin's article on the CNN front page on Caroline Kennedy and why is well-qualified– certainly more than Hillary Clinton was when she ran for senate. Go Caroline!

    December 17, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  8. Irritated in Fl

    The kennedys have always brought drama to the table with them. Enough is enough. Time for CHANGE......

    December 17, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  9. Sandy

    Whatever happened to the people deciding who represents them? Who authorized the fire sale on senate/congressional seats? Enough with these political handouts already. Too much power in too few hands. Illinois, now New York! It's time we took our nation back from these political dynastys who don't speak for us.

    December 17, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  10. Paul Lennon

    Kennedy-Schlossberg has not proven herself. Her maiden name is not enough. Wake up New York, born rich does not make you more qualified.

    December 17, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. Name Dropper

    I guess Paterson can't see that she's the wrong choice.....

    December 17, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. Dennis

    A New York Senate seat shouln't be a consolation prize because her uncle Bobby was once (briefly) a NY senator. The seat should be more reprentative of the entire state of New York and not just NYC.

    December 17, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  13. Meghan

    Please stop. Caroline Kennedy is technically qualified (ie, an age-appropriate American citizen) and qualified on an experiential level. She has a law degree which has been utilized in the writing of books and articles, and has built her career on public service. Yes, having a famous last name doesn't make one qualified for office, BUT IT DOESN'T AUTOMATICALLY MAKE HER UNQUALIFIED EITHER!!!!!!!

    December 17, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  14. Lue Blacknell

    I feel that Caroline is just-or more qualified as Hillary was when she became senator. At least Caroline has lived there-Hillary probably just moved there to become senator- That was a position that Hillary needed to add a "feather to her hat" and be able to compete with Bill. You " Hillary Lovers" need to "get over it"-and I would like to know- since you love her so much-why won't you help her pay off her campaign debt? Yeah-I thought so!

    December 17, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. sunshine

    look what some of our so called qualified leaders are doing, caroline would be a good choice, we need trusting people.

    December 17, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  16. PC from brooklyn

    Lisa V.
    What exactly are Caroline Kennedy's qualifications for a Senate seat.

    December 17, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  17. Ben

    I want Bill Clinton. Not only do I think he would be an effective senator and congressional leader, but this would ensure that he "behaves" as his wife is sec. of state.

    December 17, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |

    It is unwise to put people in power who out of touch with reality and how the rest of us live. They are going with that name recognition thing. The Kennedy name or the Kennedys for that matter haven't done anything good for this county for a long time and I don't see it starting now. Like all the republicans saying they knew Ronald Regan, he was a looser too.


    December 17, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  19. Marge

    Why is Caroline Kennedy supposed to get the position...Cheslea Clinton is as well qualified as she is. And there are plenty of democrats in New York who would want the job.

    December 17, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  20. Eric C

    Caroline Kennedy brings name only, no credentials. Like many of the uber-wealthy and elite, her sense of entitlement runs parallel to her lack of experience. Hopefully enough of the "Camelot Era" folks have died off so she isn't championed in solely on the backs of wistful dreamers.

    December 17, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. sam

    If we continue to select only the relatives of established politicians we might as well not have left the monarchy of England. What's with you people who worship the Kennedy clan? If she's truly interested, let her run in the 2010 election and visit every county like HRC did.

    December 17, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  22. Charm

    OMG some of you people really need to get your facts straight before you come on here slewing insults about Caroline. She's an attorney and serves as a board member on several non-profit charities. Maybe she's tried to stay out of the lime light all these years, but at least she has the courage to come forward and contribute at a time when we need all the help we can get getting this country back on it's feet. As far as qualifications, she meets it.

    December 17, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  23. Go Andrew....

    Enough Kennedys already--Obama called for CHANGE.

    December 17, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  24. Sammie1eye

    Great, another Kennedy riding on the family name and connections trying to get into office through the back door. Are we ever going to be rid of this family that, in perspective, has done little for the American people? Look past the so-called mystique and there is not much there. Might I point out that Clinton didn't do much for NY either, except give herself a stepping off point to get back to where she really wanted to be: DC.

    December 17, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  25. Anti-Socialist

    How can Caroline be a Senator when she has children. Shouldn't she be in the kitchen cooking with Sarah Palin instead of in Washington?

    December 17, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
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