Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Quinnipiac Kennedy Poll

Quinnipiac has a new poll out today that confirms what we told you last week- Caroline Kennedy has seen a pretty strong decline in her popularity.

She went from a net +29 favorability in a poll they did last month to +10 now in the wake of her public campaigning. We found it last week at +4.

They also found that a plurality of voters in the state prefer Cuomo over Kennedy for a potential appointment, 31-24. That is considerably narrower than the 58-27 margin we found in support of Cuomo, but Quinnipiac also provided a lot more response options than we did; we only asked about the two most publicly discussed candidates. It is perhaps not a coincidence that the actual number we found for Kennedy was almost identical to theirs- I think the high level of support we found for Cuomo may have been as much anti-Kennedy as it was pro-Cuomo.

We were accused last week of being anti-Kennedy, and that's just absurd. We did a poll last month that found a high level of support for her, and we were more than happy to put that out there. The reality is her standing has declined over the last month, and we're just reporting that. I would have thought after last year people would learn to stop judging the validity of polls and polling companies by whether the results make them happy or not.

Personally I'd be happy to see either Kennedy or Cuomo, or one of the other folks being discussed appointed. They'd all be strong assets to the Senate.

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