- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is far more popular with Democrats than Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), according to polling. Manchin has questioned raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, suggesting $11 an hour instead. Ocasio-Cortez has strongly supported the $15 figure.
- Manchin has pushed targeting stimulus check payments further, with the White House having agreed with Senate Democrats to a move to tighten eligibility requirements. This is a point Ocasio-Cortez and other progressives have been against.
- In The Economist/YouGov polling carried out February 27 to March 2, 1,500 respondents were asked if they had a favorable or unfavorable opinion of each. For Ocasio-Cortez, 23 percent were very favorable and 17 percent somewhat favorable. Among Democrats asked, 47 percent said very favorable and 28 percent somewhat. For Manchin, overall 3 percent said very favorable and 18 percent somewhat. Among the Democrats asked, 4 percent said very favorable and 18 percent somewhat favorable.
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