Caroline Kennedy's Support Plummets
by Josh Orton, Mon Jan 05, 2009 at 09:29:46 AM EST
A clumsy public introduction apparently has consequences:
Cuomo now leads Kennedy 58%-27% as the one that voters would like to see Gov. David Paterson appoint to the Senate, with a 54%-34% spread among Democrats only. In last month's poll, which tested Democrats only, Kennedy had a 44%-23% lead. So a 21-point Caroline lead among Democrats has turned into a 20-point Cuomo advantage.
I'm sure Kennedy's favorability suffered after the political media in New York pounced on her series of awkward interviews, but I'm still surprised how little Kennedy bothered to communicate her policy positions. Had she inverted her approach - and introduced herself directly to voters first - New Yorkers might be more forgiving of a couple extra "you knows."
As it stands now, Patterson's losing wiggle-room if he doesn't want to appoint someone else.