Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has grown less popular in New York – even among Democrats – following Amazons decision to scrap its planned offices in Queens.
Thirty-one percent of registered voters in the state view the freshman House Democrat favorably, while 44 percent have an unfavorable view, according to a Siena College poll released Monday. In January, 34 percent of New York voters viewed Ocasio-Cortez favorably, versus 29 percent who had an unfavorable opinion, a Quinnipiac University poll found.
By a 67-21 percent margin, New Yorkers say that Amazon cancelling its planned second headquarters in Queens was bad for New York. By as nearly as large a margin, 61-30 percent, they support the deal in which Amazon would receive up to $3 billion in state and city incentives and create up to 25,000 jobs if Amazon reconsiders, according to a new Siena College poll of New York State registered voters released today…“At least 63 percent of Democrats, Republicans and independents, upstaters and downstaters, men and women, young and old, black and white New Yorkers agree: Amazon pulling out of Queens was bad for New York"…While some may have celebrated Amazon’s announcement to pull the plug, the vast majority of New Yorkers of every stripe thought it was bad for the Empire State. Who do New Yorkers blame? Well, there’s certainly blame enough to go around. More people think that Amazon, Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, the State Senate, and local Queens activists were villains in this saga than they were heroes. However, voters say the biggest villain was Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Only 12 percent call her hero, while 38 percent label her a villain…
Video: 38-percent consider Ocasio-Cortez as villain of Amazon decision: Poll
The poll findings come as President Donald Trump tries to cast Democrats economic policies as dangerously radical ahead of the critical 2020 election. With his re-election bid on the horizon, Trump and the Republican Party aim to lump all Democrats — particularly those challenging him for president and those in swing House districts — in with Ocasio-Cortez and other self-professed democratic socialists.
Ocasio-Cortezs support has dipped among key constituencies since January. Her net favorability — positive minus negative ratings — among Democrats fell to +17 in March from +46 in January. In New York City, she had only a +6 rating in March, down from a +32 in January. Ocasio-Cortez represents parts of the citys boroughs of Queens and the Bronx.
It is unclear how much of the drop in popularity can be attributed to the representatives opposition to Amazons plans to build an office in Queens. Ocasio-Cortez, a magnet for media coverage, has publicly weighed in on a range of issues since she took office in January, while pushing ambitious, controversial policies such as the Green New Deal.
The change in her approval ratings may in part come from people knowing more about the lawmaker. Twenty-six percent of respondents to the Siena poll said they did not know how they felt about Ocasio-Cortez or had no opinion — down from 35 percent who said they had not heard enough about her in the Quinnipiac survey.
The Siena College poll released Monday found that 67 percent of registered voters surveyed said the internet retailer's decision last month was detrimental to New York. Sixty-one percent support the state and city again offering Amazon up to $3 billion in incentives to create 25,000 jobs if Amazon reconsiders.
Still, her resistance to the Amazon project may not have helped. Only 21 percent of registered voters — including just 27 percent of New York City respondents — called Amazons decisions to scrap its plans “good” for New York.
Ocasio-Cortez is Gothams biggest villain in Amazon HQ2-NY debacle
A 38 percent plurality of respondents in the state consider Ocasio-Cortez a “villain” in the saga, while 24 percent call her a “role player,” and 12 percent say she was a “hero.” Amazon itself does not fare much better — 39 percent call the company a role player, 26 percent say it was a villain and 20 percent consider it a hero.
Ocasio-Cortezs office did not immediately respond to a request to comment on the Siena poll. She and other opponents of the Amazon deal contended the e-commerce giant did not cooperate enough with local stakeholders. They have frequently criticized Amazon for its treatment of workers, and said the companys presence would raise costs for current residents of the Long Island City neighborhood and the surrounding areas.
New York City and the state offered Amazon $3 billion in performance-based incentives to build part of its second headquarters in the city. The project was expected to create 25,000 jobs.
Support for required vaccinations is strong among Democrats, Republicans and independents, according to the latest Siena College poll. Over 75 percent of Republicans, 86 percent of Democrats and 70 percent of independents were in favor.
During his State of the Union address last month, Trump previewed his 2020 attack lines. He said “we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country.”
Trump has cited opposition to the Amazon project in his attacks on Democrats. He called it “the kind of thinking that our country is going to on the left, on the radical left.” Amazons departure is a “big loss” that is “not good for jobs” or the economy, the president said.
Ocasio-Cortezs main policy priorities — such as “Medicare-for-All,” free public college, a Green New Deal and higher marginal tax rates on the wealthy — generally poll better than her stand against the Amazon deal.
The Siena poll of 700 New York State registered voters has a plus-or-minus 4.2-percentage point margin of error.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Top Villain in Amazon Pullout, Poll Finds
The Quinnipiac poll of 929 New York State voters has a plus-or-minus 4.1-percentage point margin of error.
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Siena survey: Losing Amazon deal was bad for NY
A poll of registered voters in New York found that more than a third blamed Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez for Amazons cancellation of its plans to build a second headquarters in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens.
When Amazon announced on February 14 that it was abandoning its New York HQ2 plans, it laid the blame squarely with politicians but did not name names.
“A number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project,” it said in a blog post at the time.
Ocasio-Cortez, who represents parts of the Bronx and Queens neighboring Long Island City, was critical of the HQ2 deal — citing the billions in dollars in tax breaks offered to the retail giant from the city and the state — and celebrated when Amazon announced it was pulling out of New York.
The Siena College poll, released Monday, suggests that New Yorkers may resent Ocasio-Cortez for her opposition. In the survey of 700 registered New York voters, 67% said they thought that Amazon canceling its HQ2 plans was bad for New York. The telephone poll was conducted from March 10 to 14 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.
Respondents were asked whether key figures in the Amazon deal were a “hero,” a “villain,” or a “role player.” Ocasio-Cortez was most frequently called a villain, with 38% of those polled designating her as one.
Today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers and their neighbors defeated Amazons corporate greed, its worker exploitation and the power of the richest man in the world, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in a February victory lap.
The poll also indicated that Ocasio-Cortezs approval rating has taken a hit since Amazon decision. In a Quinnipiac poll in January, 34% of respondents found her favorable and 29% said she was unfavorable. In the Siena College poll, those figures were 31% and 44%.
Siena College said in a press release that the biggest “villain” differed depending on peoples political beliefs.
“Amazon itself was seen as the biggest villain among Democrats, but Republicans and independents had Ocasio-Cortez as far and away the largest villain, followed by the local Queens activists,” Steven Greenberg, a Siena College pollster, said in the release.
Right-wing groups were quick to point the finger at Ocasio-Cortez for Amazons decision. Late last month, the Fox News host Laura Ingraham tweeted a photo of a billboard in Times Square from a conservative business group blaming Ocasio-Cortez for “25,000 lost NYC jobs” and “$4 billion in lost wages.”
However, Ocasio-Cortez recently signaled that shes not completely opposed to Amazon coming to New York.
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And though Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been trying to court Amazon to come back, he told the WAMC radio station on Monday that he wasnt hopeful, saying that “the horse is out of the barn.”