Poll: 38 percent say Ocasio-Cortez 'villain' in New York losing Amazon HQ deal

Poll: 38 percent say Ocasio-Cortez 'villain' in New York losing Amazon HQ deal
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Almost 40 percent of New York voters in a new poll believe Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez calls for Stephen Miller to resign over leaked emails Ocasio-Cortez meets Sasha Velour following DC performance Sanders 'very concerned about what appears to be a coup' in Bolivia MORE (D-N.Y.) bears responsibility as a "villain" in Amazon's decision to back out of its plan to put a second headquarters in Queens. 

The Siena College poll, which was released on Monday, found that 38 percent of respondents thought of the freshman lawmaker as a "villain" when they were asked to consider her role in the tech giant's exit. 


The survey asked respondents to identify figures in the Amazon debate as either a hero, villain or role player. Twelve percent called Ocasio-Cortez a hero, while 24 percent said she was a role player. 

Thirty-four percent of New York voters polled listed local Queens activists as villains. Slightly less than 30 percent of respondents viewed both Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) as villains, according to The Associated Press

Amazon itself was considered a villain by 26 percent of respondents. 

The survey's release comes more than a month after Amazon abruptly canceled its plans to build a second headquarters in New York City.

Ocasio-Cortez, a rising progressive star in the Democratic Party who became the youngest woman elected to Congress last year, celebrated the news at the time. 

"Today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world," Ocasio-Cortez, who repeatedly criticized the deal, said on Twitter

Ocasio-Cortez was among many New York politicians who denounced the state's deal with Amazon. Many of the critics condemned the move to give Amazon $3 billion in state and city incentives. 

Siena College found that 67 percent of respondents viewed Amazon's exit as a detrimental move for the state. 

The survey was conducted from March 10-14 among 700 registered New York voters. The margin of error is 4.2 percentage points.