New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hasn’t made very many friends as a Congresswomen. However, lately she’s been losing the few who did like her.
It’s become clear that her constituents are still fuming over the manner in she handled the Amazon deal offered to New York.
Fox News reported,
According to a new Siena College poll, 58 percent of voters in her district, which covers parts of the Bronx and Queens, actually support the now-abandoned and controversial deal that would have brought the tech giant to Long Island City in return for $3 billion in state and local subsidies.
The freshman congresswoman, who unseated a 10-term Democratic incumbent, was one of several elected officials pushing back on Amazon’s planned expansion pointing at the secrecy of the deal itself, the lack of public input and the potential for gentrification and displacement resulting from 25,000 new highly paid tech workers in the area.
In addition, 57 percent of those polled said it was “bad for New York” that the Jeff Bezos-led company canceled the project in February following opposition from some elected officials, labor groups, local residents and community activists.
Thirty-two percent, however, said Amazon’s withdrawal was “good” for the city…
Amazon ultimately decided to break up with New York on Valentine’s Day and is now building a campus in Arlington, Va., despite some opposition there, and it plans to add employees in various cities across the country in the coming years.
Despite not supporting Ocasio-Cortez on Amazon, the poll found that the firebrand liberal has a 52 percent favorability rating among her district’s voters and that 48 percent of all voters would vote to re-elect her in 2020.
“The district breaks with Ocasio-Cortez on the Amazon deal. Fifty-seven percent say that Amazon canceling was bad for New York and 58 percent would like the deal revived. Even in the Queens area of the district, over half say losing the deal was bad and 54 percent would like it revived,” Don Levy, the Siena College Research Institute Director, stated.
“Led by the Democratic majority in the district, voters strongly support much of the legislation that Ocasio-Cortez is advocating,” he stated.
“About three-quarters of all voters and over 80 percent of Democrats are in favor of free tuition at public colleges across the country, banning assault weapons, a federal guarantee of a job that pays a living wage and Medicare for all.”
“By two-to-one they support ‘The Green New Deal’ with Democrats at five-to-one although almost 40 percent do not have enough information about it in order to say.”
“A majority oppose repealing and replacing Obamacare and a small majority would support impeaching the President.”
“AOC has jumped onto the front pages and certainly has attained household name status in her district,” he stated.
“Nearly two-thirds say that they are following the coverage of their freshman representative closely and while only one in seven have no opinion about her, favorable or unfavorable, Joe Crowley after 10 terms remains unknown to nearly 40 percent of voters.”
“Fifty-nine percent of voters say that they are proud to have Ocasio-Cortez representing the district and 61 percent agree that while many of her ideas on the economy, climate or healthcare may not become law soon, they think she is moving us towards a more fair and just society,” he said.
“But some have their doubts. Forty percent agree while 51 percent disagree that Ocasio-Cortez is simply too inexperienced to be their representative, and voters are nearly evenly divided as to whether her ideas are too radical, too far to the left with 43 percent saying that she is too radical and 47 percent saying that she is not,” he added.
“And while Ocasio-Cortez has described herself as a Democratic Socialist, only a quarter of her district, a third of Democrats and 44 percent of liberals are willing to do the same,” he said.