Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is blaming her low approval among Republicans on Fox News' relentless coverage of her

Scott Eisen/Getty ImagesAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez at a rally opposing Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court in October.
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is underwater with voters in New York state and US adults, and especially Republicans, two polls released in the past week found.
  • A Siena College poll released Monday found that 31% of registered New York voters said they had a favourable opinion of the 29-year-old democratic socialist, while 44% said they had an unfavorable view of her.
  • Ocasio-Cortez’s role in mobilizing opposition to Amazon’s since-scuttled plan to open a headquarters in Queens was likely a factor in the lower favorability rating. The poll found that 38% of New York voters said they considered Ocasio-Cortez a “villain” (compared with 12% who said they considered her a “hero”) for her role in the Amazon deal’s collapse.
  • After a Gallup poll of US adults released last week found she had a net favorability of -10 percentage points, the Bronx native blamed Fox News’ relentless coverage of her rapid political rise for her deep unpopularity among Republicans.
  • She pointed out that in the Gallup poll, more nonwhite voters, women, and people between the ages of 18 and 34 said they had a positive opinion of her than a negative one.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is underwater with New York state voters and US adults, and especially Republicans, two polls released in the past week found.

While 31% of respondents in a Siena College poll of registered New York voters released Monday said they had a favourable opinion of the 29-year-old democratic socialist, 44% said they had an unfavorable view of her. About a quarter – 26% – said they didn’t know or had no opinion of the freshman lawmaker.

Among registered Democrats, Ocasio-Cortez had a 47% favorability rating, while 6% of Republicans said they had a favourable opinion of her. Ten per cent of those who described themselves as conservatives, as well as 25% of moderates, said they viewed her favourably.

In response to a Gallup poll of US adults released last week that found Ocasio-Cortez underwater with white voters and men, as well as Republicans, she argued that Fox News was to blame for her deep unpopularity among conservatives.

“The reason people know more is bc Fox News has turned into ‘AOC TMZ’ (no offence to TMZ), so awareness is growing w/ GOPers,”she tweeted on Saturday, adding, “We can’t be scared by that.”

Ocasio-Cortez, who has received outsize attention from news outlets across the political spectrum since she won her primary in June, in a tweet on Monday accused conservative pundits of peppering her with “bigoted attacks” to turn more moderate Democrats against her. She said that being a young woman of colour makes her an easy target for cheap attacks on her politics and character.


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The Siena College poll also found that 38% of New York voters considered Ocasio-Cortez a “villain” (compared with 12% who considered her a “hero”) for her role in mobilizing opposition to Amazon’s plan open a second headquarters in the Long Island City neighbourhood of Queens, which abuts her district. Amazon cited local political opposition as its primary reason for scuttling the deal last month.


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The Amazon deal was popular with the New Yorkers surveyed – 61% indicated they would support offering up to $US3 billion in city and state incentives to entice Amazon back to the state, while 30% indicated they would not. The poll also found that most New Yorkers – 67% – considered the deal’s cancellation bad for New York, while 21% said they thought it was good.

Ocasio-Cortez pointed out that in the Gallup poll, more nonwhite voters, women, and people between the ages of 18 and 34 said they had a positive opinion of her than a negative one.

The Siena College poll found that her favorability was higher among black people and Latinos than among white people and men, but her unfavorability was higher than her favorability among women and 18- to 34-year-olds.

The Siena College poll surveyed 700 registered New York voters by telephone between March 10 and 14 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points. The Gallup poll surveyed 1,932 US adults by telephone between February 12 and 28, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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