Siena Poll: Democrats Too Far Left Hurting Business

Poll comes after Amazon pulls move to NYS

Tom Puckett
March 19, 2019 - 4:00 am

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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) A new poll shows a majority of voters think Democratic control of state government is making tough for businesses, and one newly elected member of Congress is getting singled out.

While Democrats disagree, a strong majority of independents and an overwhelming majority of Republicans say that Democratic control of the Governor’s mansion and both houses of the Legislature are moving the state too far to the left,” Greenberg said. “Two-thirds of voters – including a majority of Democrats – say that Democratic control of the state makes it harder for businesses to be successful," says Siena's Steve Greenberg. After Amazon pulled out of plans to put its headquarters in Queens, who was most to blame? "More people think that Amazon, Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, the State Senate, and local Queens activists were villains in this saga than they were heroes. However, voters say the biggest villain was Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Only 12 percent call her hero, while 38 percent label her a villain,” Greenberg said. “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.”

GOP Strategist Carl Calabrese agrees. "I bet one of the respondents who would have come down on that side if polled would be Andrew Cuomo, who had to be furious with the left wing of his party led by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in driving out the Amazon deal," says Calabrsese.

Calabrese agrees the Amazon fiasco sent a message to businesses. "How do you overcome the negative impression the Amazon fiasco put on the state to businesses thinking of coming here, and running through the gauntlet with the AOC side of the party? Very difficult position," notes Calabrese. "It will take a lot of hard work to overcome that negative message sent."


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