A new internal Democratic Party survey polling voter sentiment in crucial swing states revealed that U.S. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who represents Queens and the Bronx, and Ilhan Omar, who represents Minnesota, are extremely unpopular and could cost Democrats both their House majority and the presidency in 2020.
According to Axios, the poll discovered that:
- -- Ocasio-Cortez is recognized by 74 percent of voters, yet has an approval rating of 22 percent
- -- Omar is recognized by 53 percent of voters and has an approval rating of just 9 percent
- -- Voters understand what socialism is, and 69 percent of them view it unfavorably, while just 18 percent view it favorably
- -- Capitalism, meanwhile, is viewed favorably by 56 percent of respondents, and negatively by 32 percent
"If all voters hear about is AOC, it could put the [House] majority at risk," a top Democratic source told Axios. "[S]he's getting all the news and defining everyone else's races."
"Socialism is toxic to these voters," the source added.
The poll is significant, according to Axios, because it shows that "Democrats are sounding the alarm that swing voters know and dislike socialism, warning it could cost them the House and the presidency."
The poll — taken in May, before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's latest clash with AOC and the three other liberal House freshmen known as "The Squad" — included 1,003 likely general-election voters who are white and have two years or less of college education.
Three members of The Squad — Omar, Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts — defended their approach while appearing in Philadelphia last week on a panel at the annual Netroots Nation conference.
"We never need to ask for permission or wait for an invitation to lead," Omar said, adding that there's a "constant struggle oftentimes with people who have power about sharing that power."