Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Hannah Gaber, USAT

Poll: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 'Biggest Villain' In Amazon HQ2 Saga

March 18, 2019 - 1:36 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is getting most of the blame for Amazon pulling the plug on its deal to set up shop in Queens.

A Siena College poll asked New York voters who were the heroes and villains in the Amazon saga and 38 percent said the freshman congresswoman was the biggest villain. Only 12 percent called her a hero. 

When Amazon pulled out of the deal, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that "Amazon's corporate greed" and "the richest man in the world" were defeated.

Others sharing the blame include Mayor Bill de Blasio, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the online retail giant.

“Amazon itself was seen as the biggest villain among Democrats, but Republicans and independents had Ocasio-Cortez as far and away the largest villain, followed by the local Queens activists,” Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said.

The poll, released Monday, also found 67 percent of voters thought Amazon dumping Long Island City for its planned second headquarters was bad for New York, while 21 percent said it was good for the state.

Under the deal, Amazon would have received $3 billion in state and city incentives and created roughly 25,000 to 40,000 new jobs.

Greenberg said most New Yorkers would be on board with the deal coming back together if Amazon could be convinced to reconsider

"There is strong support – among all demographic groups – for Amazon to reconsider and move forward. Clearly, jobs outweigh the cost of government incentives in the minds of most voters," Greenberg said.