April 10, 2019 By Laura Hanrahan
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is viewed favorably by the majority of voters in her district, according to a new poll released by Siena College Research Institute.
The poll, which surveyed 607 voters by phone in Congressional District 14, which covers portions of The Bronx and western Queens, found that 52 percent of voters viewed Ocasio-Cortez favorably, with 48 percent of all voters and 61 percent of Democrats saying they would vote to reelect her in 2020. The survey found that 33 percent of respondents view her unfavorably.
“Although it is very early, with nearly half of all voters and 61 percent of Democrats saying that they would vote to re-elect Ocasio-Cortez in 2020, she may be in position to represent this district for at least another term,” said Siena College Research Institute Director Don Levy.
While only 25 percent of those surveyed said they would describe themselves as Democratic Socialists, the study found overwhelming support for many of the key issues Ocasio-Cortez is advocating for in Washington. Free tuition at public universities was supported by 76 percent of surveyed voters, with 73 percent supporting a federal guarantee of a job that pays a living wage. Both Medicare for all and an assault weapons ban were supported by 75 percent of voters.
Receiving smaller, but still significant support, 59 percent of respondents backed taxing income above $10 million at 60 percent or more; with 52 percent behind impeaching Donald Trump.
The Green New Deal, one of Ocasio-Cortez’s largest focuses in Congress which aims to address climate change, received a much smaller 41 percent of overall support, with 51 percent of Democrats and 11 percent of Republicans in favor. On this topic, only 61 percent of those surveyed provided a response.
But survey respondents differed with Ocasio-Cortez over Amazon.
Fifty-seven percent of CD 14 voters think it was bad for New York that Amazon cancelled its plans to build a new headquarters in Long Island City while 32 percent say it was good for New York, and by 58-35 percent, voters in CD 14 support Governor Cuomo’s efforts to woo Amazon to reconsider its decision.