Turning Point USA’s Benny Johnson traveled to socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D) 14th congressional district in New York and asked numerous people what they thought about socialism.
Johnson told The Daily Wire that he stood in an area in Ocasio-Cortez’s district for 90 minutes and spoke to 12 random people and asked them their thoughts on socialism.
One man, from Yugoslavia, told Johnson: “I was born in a socialist country and I came to this country to get away from socialism.” When asked if he thought socialism “sucked,” the man said “yes.”
Another man told Johnson: “Socialism is the worst. It doesn’t work. It doesn’t work.”
A woman, who was featured multiple times throughout the video, told Johnson: “I like capitalism, I like the fact that I earn my bucks and I spend them on [myself], which I’m going to now.”
“I work because I choose to,” the woman later added. “I give to my church, again, because I choose to. nobody tells me what to do.”
A restaurant chef, who said that he wanted to open up his own restaurant someday, told Johnson: “I don’t agree with socialism. Socialism is supposed to be like where everybody gets the same amount. I want to do better than people if I work harder and stuff like that.”
Another man told Johnson: “If you give everything, you give everybody anything, they could just stay home and then what’s the point? What’s the drive? And that’s why socialism is not right for America.”
A man standing next to him chimed in, “All socialism does is just encourages people just to sit back and do nothing. Eventually, it’s gonna go broke. You know, how you gonna pay for free stuff? I’m against freeloaders. You got to work. You got to earn it.”
When shown the Green New Deal, including the part where it mentioned the idea of taking care of people who were unwilling to work, the man said: “Yeah, we have plenty of freeloaders in society today. They think that they can just print money and it will solve the problem, it doesn’t work that way.”
The man had the following message for Ocasio-Cortez: “If you love it so much, go to all these other countries that have socialism. See how it will work. Look at what happened in Venezuela.”
One man, who drove a Mercedes, told Johnson that he “loved” socialism.
Another man, when asked about his thoughts on socialism, walked off and refused to answer.
An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll from March found that being a socialist was the most undesirable quality that a presidential candidate could have in the eyes of voters.
“Of socialism in general, only 18% of respondents approved, while 50% of respondents disapproved,” The Daily Wire reported. “Conversely, 50% of respondents approved of capitalism with only 19% disapproving.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s social media incidents, childish antics during hearings, and policy ideas have all contributed to her poll numbers being devastated. Left-leaning Vox reported:
A Quinnipiac poll released on Thursday morning found that 23 percent of Americans had a favorable view of the member of Congress, while 36 percent had an unfavorable view — a -13 overall approval rating…
…This new poll isn’t a one-off finding. Three prior surveys — one in January from Morning Consult, one in February from Fox, and a third in mid-March from Gallup — all found that more Americans had negative views of AOC than had positive ones.
Another poll found that Ocasio-Cortez’s sabotaging of the Amazon deal in New York City had greatly damaged her image amongst New Yorkers. The Daily Wire reported:
The findings of the Siena College poll of New Yorkers taken between March 10-14 prompted Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg to say, “Only 12 percent call her hero, while 38 percent label her a villain.”
“Ocasio-Cortez, with a negative 31-44 percent favorability rating, is as well known to statewide voters after three months in office as Gillibrand is after ten years as senator,” Greenberg said. “While Democrats view Ocasio-Cortez favorably, independents view her unfavorably more than two-to-one and Republicans view her unfavorably, 68-6 percent. She is viewed slightly favorably in New York City but strongly unfavorably upstate and in the downstate suburbs.”