In many polls for quite a few months, favorability for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, but particularly for AOC, has not really been there, despite how often they are both talked about.
Despite the Democrats’ incessant defense of the many horrendous remarks these two make, a notably few amount of people seem to like these two at all (can’t imagine why). And during the weekend, Axios received a Democrat Party internal poll that shows these things to be true.
Axios reported: “Ocasio-Cortez was recognized by 74% of (swing) voters in the poll; 22% had a favorable view. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota – another member of The Squad – was recognized by 53% of the voters; 9% (not a typo) had a favorable view.”
So while plenty of people know and can recognize the name of these two Leftist darlings, VERY few people actually like them. Nearly three-quarters of voters could recognize who Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is, but less than 25% of them actually held a favorable view. Perhaps more embarrassing is Omar’s numbers, who despite being recognized by more than half of voters, less than 10% view her favorably.
And these kinds of numbers are not a one-off thing, or from some random poll. These numbers are consistent with other polls and come from the Democrats themselves!
A poll back in June asked voters inside AOC’s district what they thought of her and here is what they found: “They don’t like her. She has a more than 2:1 ratio of unfavorable (50.88%) to favorable (21.37%) in public opinion. They don’t trust her. Only 10.75% thought she had their best interests in mind in quashing the Amazon deal – 32.60% said she didn’t. They don’t want her. 33.44% are ready to vote against her, and only 13.30% would vote for her.”
A Quinnipiac poll from March found that “23% of Americans had a favorable view of the member of Congress (AOC), while 36% had an unfavorable view – a -13 overall approval rating,” according to Vox.
A top Democrat running for Congress in 2020 told Axios: “If all voters hear about is AOC, it could put the [House] majority at risk. [S]he’s getting all the news and defining everyone else’s races. Socialism is toxic to these voters.”
Those words are not to be taken lightly from this anonymous Democrat running for congressional office (it’s unclear if he or she is an incumbent or challenger). He or she is right about AOC defining everyone else’s races, but that largely is because the vast majority of the Democrat Party is falling in line with people like her. They are beginning to embrace socialism far more openly, seeing the results it’s gotten people like Bernie Sanders and AOC herself (as well as others). There isn’t a single Democrat running for the presidency that hasn’t disavowed socialism or socialistic policies. I keep going back to when every single Democrat raised their hand when asked which one of them would give illegal immigrants free healthcare.
Just about whatever position AOC takes, the Democrat Party also takes, for the most part. And while there are those within the Party who disagree sometimes, namely Nancy Pelosi mocking the Green New Deal as “the Green Dream or whatever”, there are plenty of people who see her as the future (for some reason), including former DNC chair Keith Ellison, who outright said that she was the future of the Democrat Party.
However, as with AOC’s and Omar’s numbers, socialism isn’t viewed all that favorably. According to Axios: “Socialism was viewed favorably by 18% of the voters and unfavorably by 69%... capitalism was 56% favorable; 32% unfavorable.”
It’s precisely because of these reasons that I don’t believe any Democrat running for POTUS has any real chance against Trump. Say what you will about the President (calling him racist certainly doesn’t work anymore and I seriously doubt his tweets regarding Omar’s ingratitude towards America, whether one thinks are racist or not (they aren’t), are going to do anything to hurt him come election time), but he at least can run on results.
All Democrats can run on is hating Trump and lying about him. And while that may work with their mindless base (seriously, I had a Twitter debate with someone who legitimately thinks the Mueller report showed collusion, when it adamantly stated there wasn’t and she called me a liar as a result, so some of these people are wacky themselves), that’s not going to work for the vast majority of the American voting bloc.
That low favorability for socialism isn’t anything new. Back in March, an NBC News/WSJ poll said that only 25% of Americans would approve of a socialist candidate for President, and in that same poll, only 18% approved of socialism in general, the same number as today (though I would personally hope it gets even lower still as time goes on). In that poll, 50% disapproved of socialism, so that’s a massive, 19-point jump from that poll back in March to this internal Democrat poll.
50% viewed capitalism favorably and only 19% unfavorably in that poll, so there’s a bit of a shift in the new poll, with capitalism’s favorability gaining 6 points but its unfavourability also rising significantly, but that might be due to some sampling size differences and other variables.
If these trends continue, and if Democrat candidates continue to out-Leftist each other, more and more people will think negatively of them (and these polls are why I don’t buy into the idea that any of these Democrats could beat Trump. I mean, I even saw a poll that said US Women’s Soccer star Megan Rapinoe could beat Trump! Now you know they are definitely crazy) and it will ultimately come bite them in the behind once the 2020 presidential election is here.
Not only that, but the House is, in all likelihood, also to go to Republicans if this keeps up. Like the anonymous Democrat candidate said, people like AOC are defining other Democrats’ campaigns. Even if a candidate runs on not being out of his or her mind, AOC’s shadow is going to be a threat to their campaign. Any agreement to anything AOC does will likely be seen as a sort of endorsement of the actions. Any defense of her anti-Semitic, racist or outright insulting and belittling comments regarding illegal immigrant detention centers being in any way, shape or form akin to concentration camps will be seen as a total endorsement of that brand of lunacy.
That’s not to say the entire election is in the bag. We don’t want to get complacent here. That’s what Hillary did, believing the election was over before it started, and look at where she is now: doing book tours and signings that barely get covered and hardly anyone shows up. Victory should never be an assumption, but neither should defeat. With everything that I am seeing currently: an America being made great again, Leftists going out of their way to bash it for being America and for being founded in the first place (going so far as to even say this country was founded on slavery, when it was literally founded on liberty, but the Founding Fathers thought slavery was on its way out the door, so they didn’t think they would need to do much apart from keeping ships from importing slaves into the country), and Leftists embracing full-blown socialism and government-takeover of virtually everything they can get their hands on, I really can’t see the Left winning against Trump.
These numbers show devastating results to Democrats. And again, this is their own internal polling, so you know there is bound to be some oversampling of Democrats. But despite that possible oversampling (I won’t go so far as to actually accuse them of that without any actual evidence, but that is a common practice for these people, so I doubt they were perfectly objective in their sampling), these numbers show AOC is heavily disliked, as well as Ilhan Omar (quite possibly, the rest of “The Squad”, Rashida Tlaib and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) show at least somewhat similar numbers, but they don’t tend to be quite as frequently talked about) and that socialism is overall viewed as “toxic” to voters, in the words of the anonymous Democrat candidate.
I can only hope and pray that these numbers will continue to show up like this, or get even lower, as time goes on.
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