Voters in New York City like Caroline Kennedy a lot. Those upstate, not so much.
Our New York poll last weekend found that city voters see her favorably by a 55/28 ratio. She does pretty well in the suburbs too, where it's 48/38. But upstate voters have an overall negative opinion of her, 37/47.
It's not simply an issue that upstate voters are more conservative either, because they view Andrew Cuomo positively 57/21. Cuomo's popularity is consistent across the state with 59% of city people and 56% of suburbanites having a favorable opinion of him as well.
Even in the city though, voters would rather see Cuomo appointed by David Paterson. It's a tighter 50-41 margin for him there than it is in the suburbs (56-29) and upstate (64-20).
If Kennedy ends up getting the appointment she's going to have to really work the media markets outside New York City to build up her credibility in preparation for a reelection contest.