Ted Kennedy's national favorable rating: 51%

That’s down two points from last February and down five points from last August…

Relatively surprising numbers for a famous-named fixture in American politics for more than four decades. Is it the buried accumulation of feelings over his long-ago scandals — the college cheating, the divorce, the Mary Jo Kopechne death? Or just the declining 21st century relevance of a one-time political powerhouse?

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