January 14th, 2009
02:57 PM ET
14 years ago

Kennedy's support fading in New York

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/14/art.kennedy.gi.jpg caption="Kennedy's popularity is fading, according to a new poll."](CNN) - A majority of New Yorkers hope Gov. David Paterson nominates someone besides Caroline Kennedy to fill the Senate seat soon to be vacated by Hillary Clinton, a new poll suggests.

According to a new survey from Quinnipiac University, 31 percent of New York voters prefer State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo get the job while only 24 percent want Kennedy to get it.

In a poll conducted by Quinnipiac in late December, a third of voters favored Kennedy while 29 percent wanted Cuomo.

Meanwhile, Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Steve Israel all draw single digit support.

Of course, just one man’s opinion matters in this race - and he's not talking.

Read the full poll results [PDF]

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  1. Marla

    Looking at the photo of Caroline at the podium makes me wonder if "SCHLOSSBERG" would look appealing on all those signs? New Yorkers need a Senator with experience, not just a name.

    January 14, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  2. Will in Philadelphia

    I like her...but she is not qualify right now.

    January 14, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. Craig in Brooklyn

    As appealing as SCHWARZENEGGER. What kind of logic is that?

    Marla January 14th, 2009 12:37 pm ET

    Looking at the photo of Caroline at the podium makes me wonder if "SCHLOSSBERG" would look appealing on all those signs? New Yorkers need a Senator with experience, not just a name.

    January 14, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. carolflowery

    poor little rich girl

    January 14, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. Judson

    Kennedy has the right political instincts! She supported a Nation's hope for change by supporting Obama on the campaign trail all year starting on Jan 28, 2008. We all know who Cuomo supported.

    Polls of a "non campaign" campaign favor a career Politician like Andrew Cuomo who had a political operative asking upstate leaders and unions not to show support for Kennedy when she traveled upstate in December. So much for the repackaged kinder and gentler Andrew Cuomo. Kennedy's quick response team can't respond to all the attacks against her from those attacking her from her own party or respond to the Peter King, Sarah Parlin and the right wing pundits because this is a "Non Capaign" Campaign. If they could the poll in this article would be different. In anther recent poll two days ago showed Caroline Kennedy winning over Peter King 53% to 33%. This came after attacks from within her own party and the Peter King and Conservative supporters and Pundits.

    Now with all the experience Cuomo has he backed someone who misread the mood the voters. Kennedy traveled the country for the Obama/Biden ticket and knows the issues that count to all of us.

    Patterson, Schumer, Kennedy and New York Democrats in 2010!!!

    January 14, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. Erika, KS

    Good. We need substance! What has she done? Born a Kennedy? Did she have anything to do with that? No. Enough of empty suits.

    January 14, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. R

    i am from New York and i do not want her

    January 14, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. Sweetie

    Enough with the Ego Maniacs that think their name says it all!

    January 14, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. Maureen Knowles

    My question is why all of a sudden she is back to her maiden name what happend to Mrs. Schlossberg –

    Think people won't know her by her married name so let's use name recognition

    January 14, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. Jason L Hubsch

    When you stop, step back, and realize that Sarah Palin actually has more experience than Caroline Kennedy, it becomes astounding to think she is being taken seriously.

    Remove her last name and its heritage and it's no different than her neighbors feeling they deserve the spot.

    January 14, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. POLL ME!!!

    Caroline Kennedy will make a great Senator ...........She is not tarnish like the rest of the Experience stuck on Stupid Senators
    @Kayne DeGrenier January 14th, 2009 10:10 am ET
    We Don't Need Any More Kennedy's in Public Life! we didn't need anymore Bush's ...Oh what a mess we are in !!!

    January 14, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. carlo

    The time is now for Fran Dresher!!!!!!!!!!!! Irritating as Kennedy and Palin but at least she is intelligent.
    Fran Dresher went to cosmotology school. Next.

    January 14, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  13. Brad

    As it should be. The Kennedy's have had their day and should not be placed in public office as some historical entitlement. We will be much better served if she remains a wealthy socialite attending charity luncheons..................................................

    January 14, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. TruthWillSetYouFree37

    There is a guy in the senate with only a high school degree.

    How much experience to you need to vote the party line. It worked for Obama.

    January 14, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. Jason

    When New Yorkers had the choice between Obama and Clinton, they chose experience and the leader that could deliver it – Clinton.

    These people know what to look for – not a rockstar celebrity, but experience. Good for the people of NY.

    January 14, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  16. Sammy

    You know, maybe New York does have some thinking people after all.

    January 14, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  17. President-elect

    She would have made a better President-elect.

    January 14, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  18. PHS in RI

    I like her but honestly, she's about as qualified as Sarah Palin.

    January 14, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  19. dan in Tucson

    Caroline Kennedy is not qualified to work ANYWHERE let alone in a position overseeing policies which impact peoples lives.That is like making Paris Hilton secretary of state. Come on now people!!!!

    January 14, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  20. Mick in Mesa

    Love the Kennedy's – including Caroline – but the country like the state of NY needs competence not nostalgic croneyism in their legislative picks.
    NY would be smart to pick a seat warmer that has some political chops rather than charisma...

    January 14, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  21. Southerner

    Thank goodness! I was beginning to think the whole world had gone insane. At least there are still signs of reasonable behavior out there.

    Caroline Kennedy has absolutely no qualifications to be senator. NONE! Picking her makes less sense than just picking up a New York phone directory and randomly selecting a name. At least with random selection there would be a CHANCE that the person was qualified.

    January 14, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  22. TruthWillSetYouFree37

    Never put side by side photos of Sarah Palin and Caroline Kennedy on the TV scene.

    Never play a clip of Sarah Palin and Carline Kennedy speaking.

    Now, I know why nearly half the country went crazy for Palin.

    Never! Never! Never!, Never!

    Obama picked Caroline

    January 14, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  23. LM, Western NY

    Support is fading? Many of us never supported her from the beginning.
    She showed up in Western New York unprepared at press gatherings, uneducated about upstate issues and full of herself like she was doing US a favor.

    January 14, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  24. Independent Voter

    When Caroline was asked by a journalist what her brother would think about her becoming a senator, she grinned, and said, "He would laugh...." What does that tell you? My gosh – she's even suggesting her own brother would think it was a joke! I'm so sick and tired of the Bush's and Kennedy's who think they are in some kind of dynasty entitling them to a lifetime of paychecks and benefits without ever having to really work. Why don't they get a real job and see what it's like to struggle through life without the last name Kennedy or Bush! How can the make legitimate, rational decisions for hard-working tax payers when they don't even know how to do a load of laundry or take out the trash?

    January 14, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  25. msgijoe

    I am a Mississippi RedNeck. I have no stake or influence whatsoever in New York. However, I think Caroline Schlossberg would rank in the top half of the Senate by the time she had to run for re-election. She has the brains; she has the drive; she has the money; and she is ready for public service,

    January 14, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
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