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Poll: Americans View Ocasio-Cortez More Negatively

Gallup first polled Ocasio-Cortez’s favorability just before her surprising primary upset victory in September. Almost six months later, voters appear to have soured.

By NTK Staff | 03.15.2019 @11:30am
Poll: Americans View Ocasio-Cortez More Negatively

A new Gallup poll reveals that more Americans view freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) more negatively than they did in the days leading up to her surprising primary victory over 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY).

In early September 2018, Gallup polled Americans on their opinion of the millennial Democrat. According to the poll, 24 percent had a favorable view, 26 held a negative view, and 50 percent said they had never heard of or did not have an opinion of Ocasio-Cortez.

By late February 2019, Ocasio-Cortez won the general election, was sworn in, and those numbers changed dramatically. The most recent Gallup poll showed 31 percent of respondents now have a favorable view of her, but 41 percent said they have a negative view, and only 29 percent said they had no opinion or hadn’t heard of her.

In other words, her negative numbers shot up 15 percentage points in less than six months.

While it’s true that a big factor in Ocasio-Cortez’s drop in approval is Republicans solidifying their negative views, independents have also turned against the New York Democrat. She held a net positive rating (+2) among independents in September. By February, that rating dropped 7 points to a net negative rating of -5.

As Gallup notes, this drop in support might not impact her reelection chances in liberal New York, but it could impact her effectiveness in Congress:

How Americans at large view Ocasio-Cortez will likely not factor much in her future representing Queens and the Bronx in Congress. But given the national platform she’s attained, her ratings may matter more as her career progresses, and as she attempts to pass sweeping legislation like the New Green Deal she has sponsored in the House.

In other words, Ocasio-Cortez is unlikely to be able to accomplish her goals if few of her colleagues are willing to work with her.

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