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Poll: Most New Yorkers want Amazon, many think AOC is 'villain'

March 18, 2019 - 12:28 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A new poll has found a vast majority of New Yorkers want Amazon to reconsider setting up shop in Queens -- and many blame Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for the deal disintegrating, going so far as to refer to her as a "villain."

According to the Siena College survey, 61 percent of voters say they support the deal in which Amazon would receive up to $3 billion in state and city incentives to open a second headquarters in Long Island City.

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And a significant majority of respondents – 67 percent – said losing the deal was bad for New York.

For self-described liberals, the number was lower – 56 percent of them said losing the deal was bad.

When asked to identify villains, heroes and key players in the Amazon drama, 38 percent of those polled identified Ocasio-Cortez as the biggest villain; 12 percent called her a hero and 24 percent called her a role player.

Corbin Trent, a spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez, declined to comment to the AP. Ocasio-Cortez was a vocal critic of the deal and tweeted that New Yorkers "defeated Amazon's corporate greed" when the plan fell through. 

Thirty-four percent of those polled said local Queens activists who railed against the deal were villains, while Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio -- supporters of the deal -- were considered villains by 28 and 29 percent of respondents, respectively.

On another matter, the survey found 79 percent of New Yorkers think parents should be required to have their children vaccinated before attending school.

Respondents, meanwhile, were split on congestion pricing – 43 percent are for it and 42 percent are against it.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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