According to a recent poll, the politics of Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar are hurting the Democratic Party. The poll reveals an overwhelming majority of voters disapprove of the controversial House members who some say have been the face of the party since their election late last year.
Conservative media outlets suggest the lawmakers' unpopularity could cost the Democratic Party not only its reign in the House of Representatives, but also blow its chance of taking over the White House in the 2020 election.
“A new internal Democratic Party survey polling voter sentiment in crucial swing states revealed that controversial Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) are extremely unpopular and could cost Democrats both their House majority and the presidency in 2020,” TheBlaze reported.
Voices worth silencing
Polling results indicate that instead of embracing or defending the ongoing anti-Semitic and anti-American attacks by Ocasio-Cortez, Omar and the other two members of the “Squad” – Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) (all pictured above) – Democratic leaders should have condemned and distanced themselves from the four left-leaning first-term congresswomen.
“Top Democrats circulat[ed] a poll showing 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,” Axios reported on the poll. “These Democrats are sounding the alarm that swing voters know and dislike socialism – warning it could cost them the House and the presidency.”
It was noted that the survey made the rounds of some of America’s most influential and prominent Democrats.
"If all voters hear about is AOC, it could put the [House] majority at risk," one top Democrat invested in the congressional races cautioned, according to Axios. "[S]he's getting all the news and defining everyone else’s races."
The survey was conducted back in May – before House Majority Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had a confrontation with AOC. It was administered to 1,003 white American voters with two years of college education or less who are planning to cast their ballots in November 2020. This is a group called the “white, non-college voters,” who chose Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election – voters who Democrats desperately need in order to win swing House districts in 2020.
Losing the popularity contest
Even though three of four participants had heard of AOC, less than one in four saw her in a positive light.
“Ocasio-Cortez was recognized by 74% of voters in the poll – 22% had a favorable view,” Axios revealed from the survey that pollsters shared with Axios on condition of anonymity due to their close work with Democrats in campaigns.
Just over half had heard of Omar, but even a slimmer percentage viewed her positively.
“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,” Axios’ Mike Allen divulged.
And when it comes to embracing socialism vs. capitalism, the latter won out by a considerable margin.
“Socialism was viewed favorably by 18% of the voters and unfavorably by 69%,” Allen relayed from the poll. “Capitalism was 56% favorable; 32% unfavorable.”
The top Democrat over the survey noted how this segment of voters recognized the detrimental effects of socialism on society.
"Socialism is toxic to these voters," the Democratic leader told Axios.
In order to draw in more of the vote and win in 2020, it was indicated that Democrats must present a more moderate image of their party – an image far separated from the far-left platform touted by the Squad. Their platform includes socializing health care via Medicare-for-All, spending at least $9 trillion on the proposed New Green Deal, open borders, a pro-Palestinian/anti-Israel BDS movement, and extreme agendas pushing for more LGBT and abortion “rights.”
“Dems are performing better with these voters than in 2016 – although still not as well as in 2018,” Allen pointed out. “So, party leaders will continue to try to define themselves around more mainstream members.”
No apologies …
When confronted about their leftist stances taking the spotlight away from other Democratic leaders, Omar, Tlaib and Pressley all insisted they had no regrets.
"We never need to ask for permission or wait for an invitation to lead," Omar contended last month during the annual Netroots Nation conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, according to The Associated Press. “[There's a] constant struggle oftentimes with people who have power about sharing that power."
Tlaib – known for her virulent anti-Semitic and anti-Trump rants – indicated that she has no intention of turning away the spotlight when its directed on her and her perspectives on issues.
“I think you have to be unapologetically you,” Tlaib insisted at the conference, according to AP.
Pressley recited a feminist mantra touted by the late African American Rep. Shirley Chisholm (D-N.Y.), who ran for president in 1972.
“[T]his is the time to shake the table – this is the time to redefine that table,” Pressley asserted in Philadelphia. “Moving forward, I’m just appealing to all of you to recognize that our destinies and our freedoms are tied. Please do not feed any scarcity mindset. Now is not the time to be territorial about oppression and trauma because this is a coordinated systemic attack and we are all losing.”
Tlaib – who has gone on the attack against Trump on a regular basis – made a repeated call for the president’s impeachment. When she was sworn into office in January, she made a controversial profanity-laden call to impeach him, assuring her constituents that her efforts to oust the conservative Republican from the Oval Office would not be in vain.
“We’re going to impeach the [expletive]” Tlaib proclaimed – meaning Trump – according to AP. “Don’t worry.”