Ocasio-Cortez's Approval Numbers Have Soured...Could This Be Why?

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Posted: Mar 15, 2019 1:25 PM
Ocasio-Cortez's Approval Numbers Have Soured...Could This Be Why?

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party…to our horror. She’s pushing for the Green New Deal (or scam), which is the Americanized version of the Great Leap Forward. The elimination of the combustion engine, economic assistance for the lazy who don’t want to work, the mass genocide of cows because they fart too much, and the upgrading of every building in America to fit some energy efficient code, along with the destruction of structures that cannot be upgraded. Oh, and we’re going to get off fossil fuels in a decade, have a federal jobs guarantee, free college, and Medicare for All. It’s a $90+ trillion project aimed at one thing: the destruction of the United States of America. 

The Left loves her; she’s one of its many faces on the Hill. She also fights back on social media, stands by her positions, and couldn’t care less what the Right thinks about her. She has grassroots gusto as well. In some ways, AOC is the left-wing version of Donald Trump, which I know has some folks worried about when she approaches the age where she can run for president. Well, her stock is declining. In fact, her approval ratings have dropped by 15 points in the past six months. I was never a fan of attacking AOC on everything, which is what the Left does with Trump, partially contributing to his 2016 win. Some in conservative media mocked how she dressed, how she couldn’t afford an apartment, and her old college dancing videos. I get it, but they also make her a sympathetic character. Now, attacks on her when she’s pushing trash policy should be pervasive, vicious, and unrelenting, and she’s been talking policy since she came to D.C. She’s also been defending anti-Semites within her party but that’s a different matter. 

As she continues to make waves in Washington, her numbers have dipped and it seems her affinity for radical far left views is scaring Independents away from her, which contribute to depreciating her stock (via NTK Network):

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.

Now, as NTK and Gallup noted, this doesn’t mean she’s finished for re-election. She’ll win if she runs again, but these dropping favorables will impact how effective she is as a lawmaker. Pushing plans that are unaffordable, defending anti-Semites, and chasing Amazon away from New York, which would’ve created jobs is one way to kill your approval numbers. Also, going after organizations that had nothing to do with horrible tragedies, like the recent shooting attacks in New Zealand, where gunmen killed close to 50 people at two separate mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. AOC just had to do her part as a left-winger and take a swipe at the National Rifle Association…because in whack lefty land—they’re the personification of evil, though they’re one of the oldest civil rights organizations in this country (via The Hill):

The New York lawmaker condemned the fatal attack on Twitter, focusing her message on the American gun group. 

“At 1st I thought of saying, 'Imagine being told your house of faith isn’t safe anymore.' But I couldn’t say ‘imagine,’” the lawmaker wrote, citing the deadly shootings at a Charleston, S.C., church, a Pittsburgh synagogue and a Sutherland Springs, Texas, church.

“What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?” She added.

Ocasio-Cortez noted that “thoughts and prayers” is a reference to the NRA phrase she says is “used to deflect conversation away from policy change during tragedies.”

Oh, so brave.