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The People Who Voted AOC Into Office Are Now Outraged That She Chased Away Their Jobs

The People Who Voted AOC Into Office Are Now Outraged That She Chased Away Their Jobs

“I think it’s incredible.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s own constituents say she blew it by scuttling a deal to bring Amazon to Queens, according to a new poll.

The Siena College poll released Wednesday showed that 58 percent of voters in her 14th Congressional District supported the agreement, which would have seen the internet giant create 25,000 news jobs and receive $3 billion in subsidies. Only 33 percent supported Ocasio-Cortez’s position.

“The district breaks with Ocasio-Cortez on the Amazon deal,” said Siena polling director Don Levy. “Even in the Queens area of the district, over half say losing the deal was bad and 54 percent would like it revived.”

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The freshman Democrat has been credited with pushing Amazon to in November back out its plan to build a new headquarters in Long Island City, which abuts neighborhoods in her district. She repeatedly railed against giving tax breaks and other incentives to Amazon and then cheered Amazon’s February withdrawal as a victory for democracy.

“I think it’s incredible. I mean, it shows that everyday Americans still have the power to organize and fight for their communities and they can have more say in this country than the richest man in the world,” Ocasio-Cortez said on Capitol Hill, referring to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.

Local activists and officials, including state Sen. Michael Gianaris, also opposed the deal.

But according to the Siena poll, 57 percent of voters in Ocasio-Cortez’s district think it was “bad for New York” that Amazon canceled the project, compared to just 32 percent who said the development was “good” for the city.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who represents Long Island City, had supported the deal.

Previous reporting and polls have also suggested trouble for Ocasio-Cortez at home. In March, constituents complained to the New York Post that the congresswoman was neglecting local issues while courting national attention. An earlier Siena poll showed that, citywide, Ocasio-Cortez is seen as the “biggest villain” in the Amazon saga, and more than two-thirds of residents wanted the deal to go through. A subsequent New York Post report

As her profile has grown, Ocasio-Cortez has been seen to be losing support among Americans in general. She has responded by dismissing those who disapprove of her socialist-style politics as bigots and insisted that she is leading a national movement.

Despite those trends, and local opposition to Ocasio-Cortez’s position on Amazon, Siena found that the congresswoman has a relatively high 52 percent favorability rating among her constituents.

Still, a number of prominent Democrats are reportedly looking to remove Ocasio-Cortez from Congress by mounting a primary challenge against her in 2022.

The latest Siena College poll surveyed 607 voters in the 14th Congressional District from March 31 to April 4. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.

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Cover image: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. (Screen grab)



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