Ocasio-Cortez's favorable, unfavorable ratings up: poll

Ocasio-Cortez's favorable, unfavorable ratings up: poll
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezGOP amps up efforts to recruit women candidates Ocasio-Cortez, progressives trash 'antisemitic' Politico illustration of Bernie Sanders Biden under pressure from environmentalists on climate plan MORE’s favorable and unfavorable ratings have risen two months after her congressional swearing-in as the progressive firebrand cements her status as one of the country’s most high-profile politicians. 

Unfavorable ratings for the New York Democrat have increased more steeply than favorable ratings, according to a new Gallup poll released Friday. About 31 percent of the American adults polled view Ocasio-Cortez favorably, up from 24 percent in September, after her stunning primary victory over former Rep. Joe CrowleyJoseph (Joe) CrowleyK Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers Pelosi, Clinton among attendees at memorial reception for Ellen Tauscher Dems walk Trump trade tightrope MORE (D-N.Y.) but before she won the general election. Roughly 41 percent of those surveyed view her unfavorably, up from 26 percent in September. 


Another 50 percent of respondents had no opinion of Ocasio-Cortez or have not heard of her.

The Bronx native, the youngest woman ever to serve in Congress, has garnered nearly unprecedented attention for a freshman member since her arrival on Capitol Hill, using her widely followed social media presence to push the Democratic Party further to the left and rebuke her political and media detractors.

Gallup notes that Ocasio-Cortez is more widely known than several other politicians at this point in their tenures. More people are aware of her than they were of Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOn The Money: Conservative blocks disaster relief bill | Trade high on agenda as Trump heads to Japan | Boeing reportedly faces SEC probe over 737 Max | Study finds CEO pay rising twice as fast as worker pay Conservative blocks House passage of disaster relief bill The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan MORE (R-Texas), Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioFrustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump GOP senators work to get Trump on board with new disaster aid package MORE (R-Fla.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump defense pick expected to face tense confirmation 2020 Democrats target federal ban on abortion funding Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign MORE (D-Mass.), now staples of their respective parties, this early into their terms.

Support for the 29-year-old falls sharply along partisan lines. About 73 percent of Republican respondents viewed her unfavorably, with only 5 percent having a favorable view of her. Meanwhile, only 15 percent of the Democrats polled have a negative view of Ocasio-Cortez, while 56 percent view her in a positive light.

Her support has fallen by 21 points among Republicans since September, while her favorability has risen by 8 points among Democrats. 

Ocasio-Cortez has net-positive favorability ratings among traditionally Democratic-leaning groups in the poll, including adults aged 18 to 34 (+5), people of color (+20) and women (+4). Her support is underwater among more conservative-leaning demographics, including men (-24), whites (-24) and adults aged 55 and older (-22). She is also underwater by 5 points among independents.

Ocasio-Cortez won the 2018 general election by about 65 points in her safely Democratic district. 

Gallup surveyed 1,932 adults in all 50 states and the District of Columbia from Feb. 12-28. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.