September 17th, 2009
11:42 AM ET
14 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. Lilarose

    If the people in Mass. don't vote in another Democrat, they will be unpleasantly surprised at what will change in their state.

    September 17, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. Torch

    The people of Mass amaze me.

    They want another Kennedy? What is this? Kennedy's are entitled to this Senate seat? even if death do it part? My gawd, a Kennedy of some form or fashion has held this seat since the 50's.

    San Francisco and Mass, do get any more Liberal, and it don't get anymore stupid.

    September 17, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    Martha will be a great person to take on TEDDY'S LEGACY she can take the tourch and keep it going

    fire it up ready to go


    Gary Davis
    Harbor Or.

    September 17, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  4. Kevin in Ohio

    Wake up, people of Massachusetts! The solution is NOT another liberal democrat. I'm ashamed to have been born in that once-proud state.......

    September 17, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  5. phoenix86

    Sounds like Massachusett Dems are really just groupies.

    September 17, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. fred

    According to Polls, about the only races Dems are leading in right now are this one, Lynch for Gov. of N.H. and Strickland in Ohio. Everything else is republicans leading.

    September 17, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. Willy Brown

    Ant democrat will be just like the last one.

    September 17, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. Sam's Nemesis

    500 voters polled....all from the party of the donkey and none wanted Schilling??? big surprise there....especially since he is a that's a useful poll.

    September 17, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. Post always rejected by CNN

    Mass. has got it right...kick the republicans to the door. Schilling sure got a big head because he could bat a ball....gee he sure couldn't do anything else...AND he picked the wrong party to join.

    September 17, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. New American Poll

    23 million people polled do not want another deadbeat Government Controling democrat for that office.

    September 17, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. Bluebonnet

    I'm quite sure the dems will get (pay) for whoever they want in office. Bunch of crooks.

    September 17, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  12. Deuce

    Why not Kennedy? You can always have him stuffed.

    September 17, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. Bill from CA

    That's because Schilling, while a great pitcher, is an obnoxious blowhard with little knowledge of any substance on key issues. I find it funny how the GOP says all the celebrities are Dem's, yet most of the celebrities who get into politics are Republicans (Arnold, Reagan, Schilling, Lynn Swann, etc.).

    September 17, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. joel palmer

    That's because Schilling, despite his great pitching skills, is a loud mouthed know-nothing (much like Jim Bunning; whose pseudo-conservative views are anathema in New England. He coulld easily get the gop nomination; then lose to Martha Coakley 60-40 and fade into obscurity.

    If he has an ounce of G2 he won't run (and maybe learn to keep his mouth shut)


    September 17, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. Typical Democrat

    YES – another Kennedy ... PLEASE!!! How can Congress even exist without a "Kennedy"?? They are America's "royal" family – remember "Camelot"?? Unicorns and rainbows exist because of the Kennedys.

    I *heart* the Kennedy family!!

    September 17, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. R in Maine

    She will take care of business in the way that people want.

    Go get them Martha!

    September 17, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  17. steven douglas

    Comon are you tell me that the Independant Curt Schilling would only get 39% ? Serves him right, besides for someone whom claims to be an independant and supports the GOP is not an independant. I was always taught that if it looks and smells like a skunk then it is a skunk. And Curt Schilling is a skunk. Lets be opne and fair, besides has anyone ever read his blog, his is too conservitive.

    September 17, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. Karen - Missouri

    The LAST thing the people in Mass. need is a Republican! Kennedy served Mass. well...I say continue the Democratic tradition. Republicans just represent their elite club called GOP and NOT the citizens

    September 17, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. Tre'

    Amazing, Teddy fights to get law changed when it might not work in his favor. Teddy gets law changed. Teddy is now subject to law and realizes he's messed it up real bad for him. Teddy tries to get law changed back. Dems agree and want it changed back because they don't have foresight.

    Dems seem very passionate about the now but lack the ability to see implications of their decisions. Boy, I hope they don't pass their healthcare crap. It might come back to bite them in the arse. But by then, it would be the republican racist fault.

    September 17, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  20. presto

    Coakley is a very smart choice. She's bright, she works hard and she will represent the state with dignity.

    September 17, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. susie

    Why do the Democrats get to change laws when it suits them? Why even have laws anyway?

    September 17, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  22. Liar, liar, the admins on fire

    "Mass. has got it right…kick the republicans to the door. Schilling sure got a big head because he could bat a ball….gee he sure couldn't do anything else…AND he picked the wrong party to join."

    Let me guess, you are one of those uniformed Obama sheep that bleats the company line when told to do so?

    Schilling was a PITCHER genius.

    Kick the Republicans to the door, you realize one of the top 5 most corupt states in the country is Mass and again genius, it is RUN by Democrats who are CORRUPTLY RE-doing this just because Devil Patrick is a Democrat.

    You Obamabots that don't live here and don't have a clue (that would be all of you) should shut the hell up and start working on the next batch of lies to put out.

    Scott Brown (R) – State Senator, for HOPE and CHANGE for uh, uh REAL.

    September 17, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  23. yuri

    C'mon Coakley, you can corner success if you put your heart and soul in it! The Repubs. are a bunch of repugnant rats and they deserve to bite the dust at all costs. You can defeat them, neck and crop. You can lick them hollow!

    September 17, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. Sandra Larimore

    If Matt Damon is still a resident of Massachusetts, he would make a brilliant, articulate United States Senator. However, I'm thinking that he lives in Florida now. At any rate, as much as I admire his creative talent, his dedication to family values, and knowledge of current events
    qualifies him. But I sincerely admire Mr. Damon, and realize that one should not wish public office on one's enemies, let alone a person much admired for their abilities, wit, and sensibilities.

    September 17, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. Obama worst president EVER

    She's just as bad – if not worse – than Teddy. When are Massachusetts voters going to finally wake up?

    September 17, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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