U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s unfavorable rating has jumped high after just a few months in Congress. Apparently most of the public now views her negatively rather than favorably, a new poll shows.
The Young Democrat rose to fame in the wake of the party’s turn to the left. Some in the party has embracement socialist policies such as the Green New Deal. But now the more people have learned about the 29-year-old freshman congresswoman, the more they were turned off by her.
A Gallup poll released on Friday shows that Ocasio-Cortez’s unfavorable rating has risen by 15 points since last September. It was then when she had yet to win the general election, increasing from 26 percent to 41 percent of the American adults polled.
She has also managed to increase her favorability rating, but only by 7 points. About 31 percent of surveyed people view her favorably, compared to 24 percent in September.
Since September, Ocasio-Cortez became more widely recognized across the country, with half of the respondents saying they have never heard of her before. Now only a fifth of people surveyed say they aren’t familiar with the self-described Democratic socialist.
The poll reveals that Ocasio-Cortez’s name recognition is growing compared to that of other politicians at the same point in their careers in Congress. More surveyed people know the New York Democrat than they knew Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz as freshmen.
So the results overall suggest that Ocasio-Cortez may be a polarizing figure. Most of her support is grounded in younger, more diverse Democrat-leaning groups, while most of her opposition is composed of Republicans and more conservative Democrat-leaning groups.
Almost three-quarters of Republican respondents say they view her negatively, with only 5 percent having a positive view. Among the Democrats, 56 percent of respondents had a favorable view of Ocasio-Cortez, with only 15 percent of the Democrats polled who don’t support her.