While freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has been basking in the national spotlight, a recent poll shows she may want to start focusing on the needs of her constituents in Queens.
According to the poll obtained exclusively by IJR, only 43.4 percent of Ocasio-Cortez’s constituents view her favorably. Just under 29 percent of respondents had an “unfavorable” view of the congresswoman.
There could be several reasons as to why her favorability markers are not higher, but one key reason may be her response to Amazon choosing her district for its new headquarters. As IJR previously reported, Ocasio-Cortez said she was “outraged” by Amazon moving to her district.
Amazon is a billion-dollar company. The idea that it will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks at a time when our subway is crumbling and our communities need MORE investment, not less, is extremely concerning to residents here.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 13, 2018
Her vocal distaste for the company eventually prompted Amazon to withdraw their offer, taking with them 25,000 jobs and the $2.5 billion dollar campus they planned to build.
In total, 61.7 percent of Ocasio-Cortez’s constituents felt they would be better off if Amazon had stayed in their district. In fact, even 50.1 percent of those who identified as Ocasio-Cortez’s supporters felt the district would have been better off.
Few constituents support paying people who are “unwilling” to work.
Ocasio-Cortez championed the Green New Deal, vowing to mobilize the entire U.S. economy to combat climate change. However, during the botched rollout of the resolution, her team included a fact sheet that vowed to stop cow farts and pay people who are “unwilling” to work, among other things.
Only a third of Ocasio-Cortez’s constituents supported a taxpayer-funded paycheck going to those who are unwilling to work.
However, a majority of her constituents think it would be good to spend $93 trillion on the Green New Deal.
While her constituents may not be on board with paying those unwilling to work, they didn’t seem to have a problem with the Green New Deal costing Americans $93 trillion over a decade. The poll found that 52.9 percent of Ocasio-Cortez’s constituents agreed that $93 trillion is an “acceptable
amount” to spend on combatting climate change.
Thinking that $93 trillion is an acceptable amount to spend on any government policy is why some have decided that there needs to be an effort to combat socialism and work against the re-election of self-identified democratic socialist like Ocasio-Cortez.
The polling data was obtained by the “Stop the AOC PAC,” a political committee with the goal of “exposing the radical socialism Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is injecting into our politics by countering her destructive policies and beating her at the ballot box.”
Dan Backer, general counsel for Stop the AOC PAC, believes the polling data shows that Ocasio-Cortez could be defeated in 2020.
“While AOC is busy preaching her loopy brand of green-socialism, the people in her district have deep-seated concerns about her. Her ‘success’ in quashing the Amazon deal cost tens of thousands of jobs—many her own constituents could have used—and scuttled a major economic shot in the arm to her district. AOC put her self-serving radical, socialist agenda ahead of the people who voted for her. The data is clear: AOC can be beat, and our sustained efforts are going to do just that.”
While this polling data is favorable for a group like “Stop the AOC,” that doesn’t mean they failed to do their the due-diligence in securing the accuracy of the responses.
The data was conducted by polling experts at Revily using both robo-polling and peer-to-peer technology. The peer-to-peer polling method sends personal text messages to constituents to collect data and has been found to be more representative of the general public as many people no longer have landline phones.
While it seems as though Ocasio-Cortez just entered Congress, these polling numbers show she may want to refocus on the needs of her district because re-election is not a guarantee.