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Poll: Ted Kennedy’s Favorability Was Lower Among GOP, Independents, Southerners

When I was reporting Monday’s story on the lack of Republican worry about a Kennedy effect on health care, I asked CNN for the breakdowns on what ended up

Rian Mcconnell
Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Sep 02, 2009

When I was reporting Monday’s story on the lack of Republican worry about a “Kennedy effect” on health care, I asked CNN for the breakdowns on what ended up being the final measure of Kennedy’s favorable/unfavorable ratings. They got me the numbers today, and they’re revealing. When Kennedy died, he was only narrowly popular with independents, Southerners, and Midwesterners. And he was still widely disliked by Republicans.

First, the partisan breakdown:

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Kennedy died with a strong 64 percent of Republicans and 36 percent of independents holding an unfavorable opinion of him. That’s one reason Republicans outside of the Beltway did not scramble over one another to pay tribute.

Next, the regional breakdown:

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Around two in five people in the Midwest and South held unfavorable opinions of Kennedy. Coincidentally, that’s where the bulk of the GOP’s potential 2010 gains would come from.

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Rian Mcconnell | Rian is a Villanova University graduate who was born in DuBois, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia with a medical degree. His residency was at Thomas Jefferson and its associated Wills Eye Hospital, and he finished his education with fellowships in cataract and corneal surgery at the University of Connecticut. He has a vast experience in ophthalmic surgery, with a focus on cataract surgery, corneal transplantation, and laser refractive procedures. He serves on the board of Vision Health International, an agency that provides eye care and surgery to indigent patients in Central and South America, in addition to his surgical practice.


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