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.”
😊 Oh, what’s that?
All these spooky “socialist” proposals are winning over vast majorities of GOP voters because they are common-sense, humane policies?
Ya don’t say. https://t.co/yIFx1gLBvx
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 15, 2019
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.