September 17th, 2009
11:42 AM ET
13 years ago

Poll: If not Kennedy, Massachusetts Dems want Coakley

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Coakley has a commanding lead in the Massachusetts Senate race."](CNN) - A new survey out of Massachusetts suggests the frontrunner to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy is not even a candidate in the race.

According to a new poll from Suffolk University, 59 percent of Massachusetts Democrats said they want former Rep. Joseph Kennedy to replace his uncle in the Senate. Kennedy, who served in Congress for 12 years until 1999, announced last week he would not run for the seat.

Among the current crop of candidates, state Attorney General Martha Coakley has the overwhelming lead, with support from 47 percent of those polled. Rep. Mike Capuano, who will formally announce his bid Friday, places a distant second at 9 percent. Rep. Stephen Lynch, who on Wednesday said he would not run for the seat, drew 6 percent of support.

In a general-election match up, the survey also suggests Coakley would easily defeat Republican State Sen. Scott Brown, 54-20 percent.

Perhaps among the polls most surprising findings is Bay Staters' feelings toward Curt Schilling - the former Red Sox pitcher who earlier this month left open the door for a possible Senate run on the GOP side.

According to the survey, only 29 percent of Massachusetts voters hold a favorable view of Schilling, while 39 percent disapprove of the pitching ace who was instrumental in leading the Red Sox to the World Series in 2004.

The poll surveyed 500 registered voters and was conducted Sept. 12-15. It carries a sampling error of plus or minus 4.4 percent.

Filed under: Martha Coakley • Ted Kennedy
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. S M R

    The Republicans will NEVER hold this seat.

    September 17, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  2. Patty of N.J.

    Unless you live in Mass. I say " shut up and let them decide who they want in office ".

    September 17, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. Mike in MN

    I'm not aware currently of Republicans at risk of losing any current seats in the Senate. There may be some, but I am not aware of any.
    The Democrats are at risk of losing at least three seats in the Senate that I am aware of.
    Harry Reid is trailing in the polls to either one of the primary Republican challangers.
    Dodd is trailing in the polls to his Republican challanger.
    And Bennett in Colorado is trailing in the polls to his Republican challanger.
    All 3 Democrats as you know are incumbants.
    More Democrats may be at risk, these are the only ones I am currently aware of. Does not look like the Republican party is laying still in its grave just yet.

    September 17, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. VGal

    Wow – a state that doesn't just vote for a celebrity athlete republican based on the fact that he's a celebrity athlete.

    September 17, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  5. arias

    What a bunch of crybaby republicans bemoaning the fact that they have no shot at the Massachusetts senate race. Why wouldn't they want another Kennedy considering how productive the last one was as a legislator. Of course, that's another real reason for the grumbling as well. The repugs fear effective democratic legislation that will change the country for the better and expose the party of no for their obstructionist and elitist prejudice.

    September 17, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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