Cuomo Leads Kennedy in NY Poll

Voters prefer AG by 3 points but predict Paterson won't pick him
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2008 12:16 PM CST
Caroline Kennedy, center, walks from City Hall after a news conference in Buffalo, NY, on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008.   (AP Photo/Don Heupel)
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(Newser) – New Yorkers would prefer that David Paterson pick Andrew Cuomo over Caroline Kennedy to fill Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat, a new poll shows. Cuomo leads Kennedy 26% to 23% in a Siena College survey of New York voters, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports. Despite the state AG’s lead, the two enjoy almost the same approval rating, at 58% for Kennedy and 59% for Cuomo.

Kennedy leads among African-American and Latino voters, and the two tied with younger voters. Despite their preference, 31% of those polled are convinced Paterson will pick Kennedy, while only 16% think he’ll tap Cuomo for the job. Cuomo has not publicly said that he’s interested in the position, but Kennedy spent yesterday upstate, reaching out to local pols.