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ASBURY PARK, N.J. (ChurchMilitant.com) – A significant majority of Democrats prefer the center-left liberalism of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to the far-left democratic socialism of New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The results of the Rasmussen poll, titled "Democrats Want Party to Be More Like Pelosi Than Ocasio-Cortez," published Thursday, found that 41% of likely voters favor Pelosi over the 21% who preferr Ocasio-Cortez. The results are based on a poll conducted July 15–16 with 1,000 respondents.
While the overall measurements seem to indict the radicalism of Ocasio-Cortez, the demographic breakdown presents a narrowing ideological gap in the Democratic Party that favors more progressive policies.
Perhaps more telling are the poll results that find a higher percentage of respondents stating they were unsure which politician they favored more. Although Pelosi garnered a more favorable response than Ocasio-Cortez, 37% of likely voters said they are "unsure," meaning the pitch could go either way.
The "unsure" category for females was 44%, with 36% favoring Pelosi and 19% selecting Ocasio-Cortez. Whites favor Pelosi (44%) over Ocasio-Cortez (19%) and Blacks favor Pelosi (33%) over Ocasio-Cortez by a much narrower percentage (26%).
Another Rasmussen poll published Thursday relates to President Trump's controversial July 14 tweets, which tell Democrat congresswomen critical of the country to "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."
"I'm sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements," he added.
Liberal pundits have slammed the tweets as "racist," and understood as being directed toward "The Squad" — the nickname given to four far-left female Democrat representatives of color: Ocasio-Cortez; Rashida Tlaib of Michigan; Ilhan Omar of Minnesota; and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.
On Tuesday, the House passed a resolution denouncing the president's tweets as racist. The vote in the Democrat-controlled legislative body adhered along partisan lines, with only four Republicans voting in the affirmative. This prompted the president to tweet:
So great to see how unified the Republican Party was on today's vote concerning statements I made about four Democrat Congresswomen. If you really want to see statements, look at the horrible things they said about our Country, Israel, and much more. They are now the top, most...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 17, 2019
The July 15-16 Rasmussen poll reveals:
Voters are closely divided over whether President Trump is a racist, but one-in-three Democrats think it's racism any time a white politician criticizes a politician of color.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 47% of all Likely U.S. Voters think Trump is a racist, down a bit from 50% in January 2018. Slightly more (49%) disagree and say his opponents are accusing him of racism only for political gain, up from 43% in the earlier survey. ...
The partisan division of opinion couldn't be any clearer. While 80% of Democrats believe the president is a racist, 85% of Republicans think the racism charges by his opponents are politically motivated. Voters not affiliated with either major party are evenly divided on the question.
Rasmussen notes that 32% of Democrats claim it's racist for white politicians to criticize the political views of people of color, a position shared by 16% of Republican and unaffiliated voters.
Just FYI: Parochialism ≠ Xenophobia ≠ Tribalism ≠ Racism ≠ Nazism. These are all words of their own, with different meanings, not blurry synonyms for "Someone whom I get to deplatform, disenfranchise, dox, get fired or punch in the face."— John Zmirak (@JZmirak) July 15, 2019
In an essay published July 17 in the Washington Times, Matt Mackowiak, political consultant and president of Potomac Strategy Group, diagnoses the rising popularity of the Squad as indicating a leftward drift in the Democratic Party that may pose negative ramifications in the near future:
These four members do not represent the mainstream of the Democratic Party — at least not until recently.
Ms. Pressley sees a person's entire existence through the lens of race, choosing to bash any non-white person who does not use their race to advance issues the way she wishes.
Reps. Tlaib and Omar are outright anti-Semites and the counterargument cannot even be made with a straight face. Ms. Tlaib has ties to terrorist groups and wrote for vicious anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan's blog. Ms. Omar has been roundly criticized for repeatedly making anti-Semitic statements, has downplayed the significance of 9/11, refuses to criticize al Qaeda or antifa, and is now offering a resolution of support for the Boycott Divest Sanctions movement, which seeks to end all investment in Israel.
Ms. Ocasio-Cortez herself is a radical member of the Sen. Bernard Sanders school and she has been a world-class irritant for Mrs. Pelosi and the Democrats since she arrived. Her chief of staff has become a cancer on Capitol Hill, accusing moderate Democrats of supporting segregation. Along with a preferred outside group, Justice Democrats, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is planning to openly support primary challengers to sitting Democratic members of Congress.
Most Democratic members have grown tired of The Squad and their antics. But this week's developments ensure the quartet are here to stay and will have a large microphone to push their views.
This is not simply inside baseball. It is changing how voters see the Democratic Party.
In his weekly Wall Street Journal column, Karl Rove sums up the reasons he believes Ocasio-Cortez has grabbed broadcast news headlines but not the hearts and minds of the nation's Democratic constituency:
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is not a serious legislator but an unusually shallow poseur, the product of social-media culture. She offers slogans cribbed from the latest socialist bull session; wild utterances that receive enthusiastic nods from "woke" Democrats and looks of astonishment from much of Middle America.
There are reasons why AOC, "The Squad" of her running buddies on the House's far-left fringe, and their operatives are characterizing some less-liberal Democratic representatives as akin to 1940s Southern segregationists, threatening them with primary challenges, and even castigating Speaker Nancy Pelosi as a racist. They're convinced the shock value of their attacks and radical ideas will give their movement dominance over the Democratic Party and the country.
Reading the tea leaves on whether the Squad will assist or harm their party's chances in the 2020 election, in which a Republican president seeks election and his party desires to reclaim a majority in the House of Representatives. is difficult. The polls seem to indicate the Democratic Party is tentatively holding its left-of-center positioning at present but seems poised to jolt further left. Whether the rest of the country wishes to follow them remains to be seen.