Ocasio-Cortez better known, but image skews negative

Saul Bowman
March 19, 2019

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D., N.Y.) short but busy stint on the national stage has certainly been full of colorful comments.

In a survey that Gallup conducted after Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic primary in NY in September previous year, 26 percent of respondents held an unfavorable opinion.

The poll, released on Friday, found that the increase in Ocasio-Cortez's "unfavorable" rating in recent months has more than doubled her increase in "favorable ratings".

Ocasio-Cortez then placed part of the blame for her poor rating on Fox News, which has criticized her and her Democratic Socialist platform since her campaign days.

"There's a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than about being morally right", Ocasio-Cortez said on 60 Minutes. Ocasio-Cortez tweeted early Friday morning.

The 29-year-old congresswoman also embarrassed herself during a House Oversight Committee Hearing this last week when she questioned Wells Fargo's CEO. The longer-term strategy seems to be to gain control of the Democrat Party, Congress and ultimately the United States government itself.

"Half of US adults were unfamiliar with or had no opinion of her in September after her seismic primary win over the summer, but that figure has shrunk to 29% today", Gallup reported.

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attends the SXSW premiere of the Netflix Original Documentary "Knock Down the House" at The Paramount Theater on March 10, 2019, in Austin, Texas.

How did Ocasio-Cortez respond?

Republicans have driven the spike in Ocasio-Cortez's unfavorability figures, with 73 percent holding such a view - up 21 points from September. The fact that Republicans are more likely to have an opinion of her than Democrats helps explain her overall net-negative rating.

"Capitalism is an ideology of capital -- the most important thing is the concentration of capital and to seek and maximize profit", Ocasio-Cortez said.

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