The media’s (and Republicans’) favorite “Democratic” socialist, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez complained on social media that she didn’t know Congress members have to work all the time. Actually, most don’t work all the time, but most of them aren’t out firing off ridiculous comments and trying to transform America into Venezuela. In fact, if she wants her Congressional career to last beyond 2020, she might want to stop working so hard at whatever it is she’s doing.
A new Gallup poll found that the more Americans learn about and hear from AOC, the less they like her (to be fair, that's true of socialism in general.) Shortly before the election, half of Americans had never heard of her, 24 percent viewed her favorably and 26 percent unfavorably, for a net favorability rating of -2.
Now, after getting two earfuls from her for several months, only 31 percent haven’t heard of her, but most of those who have don’t like what they’ve heard. Her net unfavorable rating has grown to -8 percent. Her favorable rating is up 4 points among Democrats, and is down 7 points among Independents and 21 points among Republicans. Also, while her favorable rating is up 9 points among non-whites, that’s the only demographic where she’s up. She’s down 3 points among women, 11 points among men, 15 points among whites, and even 7 points among Millennials.
If this is what happens when she works all the time, she might be more popular as a do-nothing Congress member. I know she has little respect for the wisdom of those who came before her, but there’s a lot of truth in the old saying, “It’s better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”