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More New Yorkers View Ocasio-Cortez As Villain Rather Than Hero After Sabotaging Amazon Deal

A new poll shows that after the cancellation of the deal that would have brought Amazon to Queens, New York, along with an estimated 25,000 jobs, a cancellation which Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) championed, more than three times as many respondents viewed her as a villain rather than a hero. The findings of the Siena College poll of New Yorkers taken between March 10-14 prompted Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg to say, “Only 12 percent call her hero, while 38 percent label her a villain.”

Additionally, Ocasio Cortez may be popular with New York Democrats, but by and large, the rest of the electorate in New York state can’t stomach her. The poll found that 31% of respondents overall had a favorable impression of Ocasio-Cortez; 44% viewed her unfavorably. Greenberg noted:

Ocasio-Cortez, with a negative 31-44 percent favorability rating, is as well known to statewide voters after three months in office as Gillibrand is after ten years as senator. While Democrats view Ocasio-Cortez favorably, independents view her unfavorably more than two-to-one and Republicans view her unfavorably, 68-6 percent. She is viewed slightly favorably in New York City but strongly unfavorably upstate and in the downstate suburbs.

Among respondents, twice as many supported the deal Amazon was prepared to make, 61%-30%. Greenberg added of the cancellation, “Even 56 percent of self-described liberals think it 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.”

Greenberg continued, “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.”

As The Daily Wire reported on Saturday, a new poll from left-leaning Gallup found Ocasio-Cortez’s “unfavorable” rating skyrocketing; the poll, released on Friday, found that the increase in Ocasio-Cortez’s “unfavorable” rating in recent months had more than doubled her increase in “favorable ratings.”

“Half of U.S. 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. “But the increased visibility has not improved her overall standing with Americans.”

In another tidbit that buttresses the findings of the Siena College poll that Ocasio-Cortez is not widely popular, The Daily Wire noted, “Gallup further noted that Ocasio-Cortez’s favorable rating was ‘underwater’ among the majority of groups and was only viewed as favorable among 56% of Democrats.”

Gallup stated, “The congresswoman is viewed negatively by most Republicans, of whom 73% have an unfavorable view of her — up from 52% in September. Ocasio-Cortez is also underwater in her net favorable ratings among men (-24), whites (-24) and adults aged 55 and older (-22).”

After Amazon canceled the deal, Ocasio-Cortez offered her addled version of why killing the deal was a good idea, huffing, “If we were willing to give away $3 billion for this deal, we could invest those $3 billion in our district ourselves, if we wanted to. We could hire out more teachers. We can fix our subways. We can put a lot of people to work for that money, if we wanted to.”

Crain’s New York Business editor Erik Engquist was left nonplused by that explanation, tweeting, “I’ve been telling @AOC critics that she is smart, but what do I say when she says nonsense like ‘we could invest those $3 billion in [@amazon tax breaks] in our district. We could hire more teachers. We can fix our subways, we can put a lot of people to work for that money.’”