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
Cuomo Leads Kennedy in NY Poll
Caroline Kennedy, center, walks from City Hall after a news conference in Buffalo, NY, on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008.   (AP Photo/Don Heupel)

(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.
(Read more Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg stories.)

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