Poll: Majority of Republicans Support Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Latest Plan

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Usually polarizing figures, a new policy proposal from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) to cap credit card interest rates has high appeal for both Democrat and Republican voters, according to a new Insider poll.

Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez teamed up last week and announced a plan that would limit all credit card interest rates at 15 percent.

“We are introducing legislation to challenge the greed of Wall Street and protect consumers across America,” Sanders tweeted at the time. Ocasio-Cortez called the plan “common sense.” Voters seemed to agree.

The support from voters of both parties is practically even, According to the poll results released Wednesday, 70 percent of Republican primary voters and 73 percent of Democratic primary voters support the plan.

“Oh, what’s that? All these spooky ‘socialist’ proposals are winning over vast majorities of GOP voters because they are common-sense, humane policies?” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Wednesday. “Ya don’t say.”

The poll also found that only 13 percent of Republican primary voters were opposed to the idea along with 7 percent of Democratic primary voters.

The poll creates a challenge for Republican lawmakers in the Senate who have shot down policy proposals passed by House Democrats. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) promised that no progressive policies would go through his chamber if Republicans remain in control after the 2020 election.

“If I’m still the majority leader in the Senate, think of me as the Grim Reaper,” McConnell said last month. “None of that stuff is going to pass.”

Even if Republicans keep control of the Senate, they could lose support from the highest office in the nation. Sanders is a top contender for the Democratic nomination for president, and his popular ideas are helping him in the race for the White House.

“This is what electability looks like,” a Sanders campaign spokesperson tweeted in response to Wednesday’s poll.

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banstan
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Let me show ALL of you how simple this is. I support a cap of credit card interest rates at 15%. SIMPLE. I don’t give a crap about WHO proposes it. If banks, who get to borrow at 1-3% can’t live with 15% on their cards, they need to hire BETTER leaders or just plain fold up. AND, no, I don’t agree with rhetoric coming from AOCBS (that’s aoc and bernie put together) about one good idea.

banstan
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I KNEW I would have to explain AOCBS for philly.

Friend
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Yes decisions are not made on what is good for people or society, but instead is it being proposed by someone who may be a socialist, capitalist, muslim, christian, republican, democrat, Israeli, …. Madness. Sign of a society in decay.

General Confusion
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“70 percent of Republican primary voters and 73 percent of Democratic primary voters support the plan” article

So let me understand this.

If 70% or more of us DON’T want to get ripped off with usury rates, does that mean that the remainder of us DO? How is this possible?

I am confused.

Paul Swansen
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I’m always curious about polling. While I might agree with the premise of the proposed legislation, I’ve got questions. Who did the polling? What was the sample breakdown for the poll? What was the question or questions asked?

Yes, I’m curious about polling as in my 48 years as a voter, I’ve yet to be called and polled about anything.

James
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I agree with you, Paul. I have never trusted anyone’s polling “data”, have never been called and have no faith in any of these so-called “polls”. I do look at some figures – like this ones in this article – and classify it as being pure BS. All this is is a scheme or a scam to vote for members of the Socialist/Communist Party. BTW; I’ve voted in every National election since 1956.

Phyllis Softa
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LOL, James, I adore you BUT you trust every conspiracy theory that comes from a political hack BUT you DON’T TRUST ANY polls? WHAT is the scheme or a scam? You don;t strike me as someone who changes their policy positions or candidates based on polling. That may be the single thing we have in common.

Phyllis Softa
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Really, Paul? Not ONCE in 48 years you were contacted on your landline, cell phone, or internet? Where do you live that you are not even contacted for polling for state or local elections? Are you an actual REGISTERED voter?

Paul Swansen
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Hi Phyllis – Yes I’m a registered voter and have been since age 18. I’ve lived in Virgina Beach, Gulfport, MS, Houston, TX, Denver, CO, Salt Lake City, to name a few. Yes, I’ve yet to be contacted for polling for state or local elections. I’ve also been unable to get any response from local political party individuals after writing, emailing etc.

Phyllis Softa
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How do you project this image of invisibility to pollsters and local political party individuals? I am older than you—18 age voting was not passed until the year I turned 21. I am a retired 67, my phone rings during the day & evening hours from calls from pollsters. I will give them your name, if you tell me how you escape their calls. Of note is most of the places you resided, are NOT swing states. I live in PA—apparently pollsters love us. One would think that CO and VA would have noticed you.

Paul Swansen
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I don’t answer my cell phone from numbers I don’t have in my contacts. I should also note that the majority of calls don’t leave any messages either. I figure if you’re calling and it’s important you’ll leave me a VM.

Phyllis Softa
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Majority of Americans want to trade crazy for crazy? I have had it with the insanity. I want a candidate with a plan to make America SANE again! As far as McConnell goes, believe him. 90% of Americans support universal background checks & House passed universal background check bill sits on his desk. Agreeing with capping credit card interest, is not free college, Medicare for all, or $15 federal minimum wage. I have credit cards & avoid the interest rate paying balance in full.

James
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Not a thing wrong with the way Trump has succeeded in turning the US around from its’ near demise under #44. Unemployment is down from highs under #44, food stamps recipients down from the 13,000,000 under #44, home ownership is the best in over 50 years, GDP is higher than #44 ever dreamed about, military being rebuilt from historic low under #44, women, Blacks, Hispanics, teenage employment at record levels now, etc., etc., etc.

“Universal background checks” are code for “confiscation”.

Phyllis Softa
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WHAT is the “near demise under #44”?? The near demise to the economy occurred under GW Bush and was handed to Obama. When he took office the US was losing 800,000 jobs a month–when he handed off to Trump, it was adding 200,000 jobs a month. Trump claims credit for 103 mos. of consecutive job growth which should get your penchant for conspiracies peaked. How did Trump create jobs for 103 months when he has only been in office for 28 months? IF Trump was overseeing the economy, why did he persist in telling YOU Obama’s economic #’s were “phony”?… Read more »

banstan
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” I have had it with the insanity.” EXCEPT your own.

Phyllis Softa
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You perceive I AM one of the believers in “Mexico will pay for the wall” “No collusion.” “No Russian interference”—they were just saying what we wanted to hear” 6.0 GDP Hawaiian birth certificate isn’t proof of birth in Hawaii. 3-5 million illegal voters Obama’s economic numbers are phony??? Not on your life did I buy it. I also am not one of the crazies claiming to believe tax cuts pay for themselves or the guy who publicly asked Russia to hack Hillary’s email server thought the DNC and Podesta emails were hacked by a 400 lb guy. Need I remind… Read more »

Dan Rayha
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Dan Rayha

Funny, I keep hearing how everyone supports your background checks….. Yet out of all the people I know, one person supports them…… Yep. Polls are accurate, why just yesterday a poll confirmed that I keep a pink unicorn in the garage…..

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