A major polling firm released data on Friday which showed that freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has seen a significant boost in her name recognition since taking office, but that increased recognition has also led many more Americans to have an unfavorable view of the self-proclaimed socialist from New York.
Of course, as she is wont to do, the congresswoman took to Twitter to play the victim and blame the poor poll results on racism, sexism and the left’s favorite new boogeyman, the so-called propaganda machine of Fox News.
The more people know, the more they dislike
Poll numbers released by Gallup on Friday revealed that though Democratic New York Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s name recognition has increased greatly since she emerged on the New York congressional primary scene in Sept. 2018, her favorable rating has increased by only seven points, while her unfavorable rating grew by more than double that, 15 points, for a net negative favorability rating of -10 percent.
Broken down along demographic lines, it was revealed that Ocasio-Cortez’s net favorability was “underwater” with virtually all groups except those of which she is personally a part, namely non-white Democratic women between the ages of 18-34.
It is worth noting that even among the demographic categories with which she personally identifies, the poll numbers were less than encouraging for AOC. Specifically, the only sectors in which the congresswoman saw her favorable rating increase were those comprised of non-whites and Democrats generally. She lost ground — though remained in positive territory — with women and 18-34-year-olds.
Plays the race, gender, Fox News cards
In response to the polling results which revealed an obvious and growing rejection of her socialist views by a large portion of the American public, Ocasio-Cortez lashed out on social media with a pair of tweets that seemingly alleged that the poor polling results were due to “subconscious bias” in the form of racism and sexism and the inordinate attention paid to her by Fox News, which she maligned as being on par with gossip media outlets like TMZ.
Linking to a since-deleted tweet about the poll results, Ocasio-Cortez wrote: “If you want to know what subconscious bias looks like, it’s a headline saying ‘AOC is underwater with every group EXCEPT women, nonwhites, and 18-34 year olds.’ So older, conservative white men are considered ‘everyone’ and everyone else is discounted as an exception. Cool[.]”
She followed that with a second tweet, writing:
The reason people know more is bc Fox News has turned into “AOC TMZ” (no offense to TMZ), so awareness is growing w/ GOPers.@JaneMayerNYer has reported deeply on this propaganda machine + it will be aimed at any Dem they want. Nothing changes that.
We can’t be scared by that.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 16, 2019
Only herself to blame
It isn’t “subconscious bias” or racism or sexism that is to blame for the increasingly unfavorable view of the outspoken freshman congresswoman, but rather her incessant tendency to say and do utterly moronic and incredibly divisive things many simply do not support.
Similarly, it is not the fault of Fox News that members of the public have an increasingly poor opinion of Ocasio-Cortez. The network merely reports the news that she makes on a near daily basis and typically even provides a forum for someone to speak in the congresswoman’s defense.
The conclusions viewers draw about what they hear are entirely their own.
The truth is that nobody is to blame for these poor polling results but Ocasio-Cortez herself, and her little tantrum of denial on social media at the obvious rejection will do nothing to make things better, and in fact will probably only serve to amplify her dilemma.