Monday, January 26, 2009

Poll: NY voters think Caroline sank herself, approve Paterson's choice of Gillibrand

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand applauds her patron

Amidst some bitter, highly public squabbling over who did what to whom, a new Quinnipiac poll finds that New York State voters believe that Caroline Kennedy and her retainers are more to blame in Dame Caroline's aborted bid to be anointed a Senator than Governor David Paterson by a margin of 49-15, with 12 percent faulting both sides equally.

What's more, voters approve Paterson's selection of upstate Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, 46 to 30 percent, with 24 percent undecided. These results may prove fleeting, since Gillibrand is still largely unknown to New Yorkers outside her district, but it's a good start for the smart, attractive Gillibrand, who is an aggressive campaigner with a record of raising a lot of money and winning tough elections. With a year in the Senate to travel the state and adjust her "Blue Dog" record on some issues to head off liberal downstate opponents, she'll likely be a round for a long time.

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