Key Democrats are circulating an internal poll with findings that one of the House’s most progressive members — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — “has become a definitional face for the party with a crucial group of swing voters,” according to Axios.
This is alarming for the Democrats, as those who distributed the poll warned, it would cost them the presidency and the House in 2020 election as swing voters from the poll show that they know and do not like socialism.
“If all voters hear about is AOC, it could put the [House] majority at risk,” said a top Democrat who is involved in 2020 congressional races. “[S]he’s getting all the news and defining everyone else’s races,” according to Axios.
The poll taken in May included 1,003 likely general-election voters who are white and have two years or less of college education. They mostly supported President Trump in 2016, but Democrats needs them in swing district, according to Axios.
The poll was shared with Axios on the condition anonymity found that 74% of voters recognized Ocasio-Cortez and only 22% of them had favorable view of her. For Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, the result was much disappointing with only 53% of the voters recognizing her, and 9% had a favorable view of her.
For socialism, the poll showed that only 18% of the voters had a favorable view, while 69% of voters had an unfavorable view. One top Democrat who read the poll said that “Socialism is toxic to these voters.”
The poll came amid House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took a shot “the Squad” in a recent interview with the New York Times, saying “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world, but they didn’t have any following,” Pelosi told the Times, referring to a border funding bill the Squad opposed. “They’re four people, and that’s how many votes they got.”
“The Squad” includes four freshman progressive congresswomen, which consists of Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.
But it seems that three of “the Squad” defended their approach while participated on a panel at the annual Netroots conference.
“We never need to ask for permission or wait for an invitation to lead,” Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota said.