Gallup: AOC's Unfavorable Rating Up 15 Points Nationwide to 41% Unfavorable

By Michael W. Chapman | March 15, 2019 | 12:03pm EDT
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
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( -- A new survey shows that while the "favorable rating" of fresman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) among Americans has climbed seven points since last September to 31% today, her "unfavorable rating" has also climbed 15 points to 41% unfavorable, giving her a net favorable rating of -10%.

In the poll, Gallup asked, "Next, we'd like to get your overall opinion of some people in the news. As I read each name, please say if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of that person -- or if you have never heard of them. How about New York Congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?"


The answers show that in Sept. 4-12, 2018, Ocasio-Cortez's "favorable" rating was 24%. In Feb. 12-28, 2019, that number had risen to 31%, a seven-point increase.

However, back in September the congresswoman's "unfavorable" rating was 26% and in February 2019 it had climbed to 41%, a 15-point increase.

As a result, her "net favorable (% favorable minus % unfavorable)" rating as of late February was -10%.     

"Two months into her new job on Capitol Hill, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become a much more recognizable figure to Americans," said Gallup. "Half of U.S. adults were unfamiliar with or had no opinion of her in September after her seismic primary win over the summer, but that figure has shrunk to 29% [unfamiliar] today."

"But the increased visibility has not improved her overall standing with Americans," said the polling firm. 

"The congresswoman is viewed negatively by most Republicans, of whom 73% have an unfavorable view of her -- up from 52% in September," said Gallup.  "Only 5% of Republicans view Ocasio-Cortez favorably -- resulting in a net favorable rating of -68 among this party group."

"Ocasio-Cortez is also underwater in her net favorable ratings among men (-24), whites (-24) and adults aged 55 and older (-22)," reported Gallup. 

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The congresswoman scores best among Democrats, with a net favorable of +41, and a majority 56% positive view. She also has a net positive among nonwhites of +20. "Meanwhile, her net ratings are slightly negative among independents (-5) but slightly positive among women (+4) and Ocasio-Cortez's own age cohort of adults aged 18 to 34 (+5)," reported Gallup. 

In conclusion, the survey firm said, "Americans have taken note of the meteoric rise of Ocasio-Cortez, who went from a Manhattan bartender to a committee member on the powerful House Financial Services Committee in less than a year. But their view of her has become slightly more negative than positive in the process. As a result, despite her undeniable uniqueness, Ocasio-Cortez's image is now much like most of her congressional peers, whose negative ratings generally outweigh their positive ones."

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