A majority of respondents in a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll of registered voters said Democratic congressional candidates are out of step with most Americans, Free Beacon reported.
‘Asked whether Democratic candidates’ approaches to the issues “are generally in the mainstream of most Americans’ thinking, or are generally out of step with most Americans’ thinking,’ 56 percent said they are ‘out of step’ and just one-third said they are ‘in the mainstream.’ These figures are a marked swing from July 2016, when only 42 percent of respondents said Democratic congressional candidates were out of step and 48 percent said they were in the mainstream.
The poll comes as the Democrats’ left wing has continued to grow in prominence, putting moderates and the party establishment on the defensive. Self-proclaimed democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez scored the upset of the year by knocking out incumbent and No. 4 Democrat in the House Joe Crowley in a New York congressional primary in June.
The Democratic National Committee’s leadership has praised Ocasio-Cortez, with chairman Tom Perez hailing her as ‘the future of our party.’ Perez also reached out to the left by going on a unity tour with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), who garnered millions of Democratic votes in his presidential primary challenge against eventual nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016.”
Not even House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) is left enough for Democrats, as they are not calling for new leadership. Candidates like Ocasio-Cortez are the candidates that Democrats should be afraid of, as Ocasio-Cortez is set (if elected) to take the party to an unprecedented location on the left end of the political spectrum.