An internal poll reportedly “making the rounds of some of the most influential Democrats in America” shows that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN-05) has a nine percent approval rating among swing-state voters.
The poll was obtained exclusively by Axios, which reports that the poll was conducted in May by Democratic leadership to assess the approval ratings of progressive Democrats among likely voters in swing states.
The poll found that 22 percent of respondents had a favorable view of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14), while just nine percent had a favorable view of Omar.
“If all voters hear about is AOC, it could put the majority at risk,” a top Democrat involved in the 2020 congressional races told Axios. “She’s getting all the news and defining everyone else’s races.”
According to Axios, the group that conducted the poll shared it with the outlet on the condition of anonymity because it has to work with all members of the Democratic Party.
The poll surveyed 1,003 likely general-election voters who are white and have two years or less of college education.
The survey also found that only 18 percent of swing-state voters had a positive view of socialism, compared to 56 percent who viewed capitalism favorably.
“Socialism is toxic to these voters,” a top Democrat told Axios.
Trump has targeted Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, and other progressive Democrats in recent days, and predicted that support for them would hurt the Democratic Party in 2020.
“The Dems were trying to distance themselves from the four ‘progressives,’ but now they are forced to embrace them. That means they are endorsing socialism, hate of Israel and the USA! Not good for the Democrats,” he wrote on Twitter.
The Dems were trying to distance themselves from the four “progressives,” but now they are forced to embrace them. That means they are endorsing Socialism, hate of Israel and the USA! Not good for the Democrats!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2019
He made similar comments during a Monday press conference.
“If weak politicians want to say—and the Democrats in this case—if they want to gear their wagons around these four people, I think they’re going to have a very tough election, because I don’t think the people of the United States will stand for it,” Trump said.
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Anthony Gockowski is managing editor of Battleground State News, The Ohio Star, and The Minnesota Sun. Follow Anthony on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].
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