When asked their opinion of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 37% of voters offer a positive response and 31% a negative view. Thirty-two percent (32%) have either never heard of her or have no opinion.
However, a ScottRasmussen.com national survey used a split sample approach and found that the numbers shift when respondents are reminded that Ocasio-Cortez is sometimes referred to as AOC. In that case, 27% have a favorable opinion and 36% say the opposite. Thirty-seven percent (37%) have either never heard of her or have no opinion.
In both parts of the split sample test, Republicans were more aware of Ocasio-Cortez than Democrats or Independents. Overall, 25% of Republicans have never heard of Ocasio-Cortez or have no opinion of her. That figure jumps to 38% for both Democrats and Independents (see crosstab results).
Additionally, 50% of Republicans say it is best to describe the young Congresswoman as a socialist. That perception is shared by 37% of Independents and 22% of Democrats. Most voters have an unfavorable opinion of Socialism, a term that is more popular on the coasts than in the rest of the country.
Among all voters who recognize her name, 73% know that Ocasio-Cortez is a representative in Congress. Seventy- percent (70%) know that she is a Democrat.
Just 46% know that Ocasio-Cortez supports the Green New Deal. Four percent (4%) mistakenly believe she opposes it; 24% are not sure; and, 25% have never heard of the Green New Deal. Awareness of the Green New Deal has grown since January, but it’s underlying policies remain unpopular.
If Ocasio-Cortez endorsed a Congressional candidate, 21% of all voters would be more likely to vote for that candidate while 31% would be less likely to do so. However, her support could be valuable in a Democratic primary. Among Democrats, 35% would be more likely to vote for an AOC backed candidate while just 9% would be less likely to vote for that candidate.
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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted March 10-11, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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