Another day, another slam dunk by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. This time it was on someone by the Twitter handle of “NumbersMuncher” who attempted to suggest in a recent tweet that Ocasio-Cortez’s approval numbers were down among “everyone.” As it turns out, that “everyone” was only conservative white men above the age of 34. But who cares about women, people of color, people under 35, and 60 percent of the U.S. population who does not identify as conservative?
This time, AOC hit so hard that the muncher of numbers had to delete his tweet.
If you want to know what subconscious bias looks like, it’s a headline saying “AOC is underwater with every group EXCEPT women, nonwhites, and 18-34 year olds.”
So older, conservative white men are considered “everyone” and everyone else is discounted as an exception.
Cool 👍🏽 https://t.co/qkwTknMYhC
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 16, 2019
It’s almost like we live in a culture where only a single subset of the population is treated like it matters.
Don’t feel too bad for NumbersMuncher, though. He didn’t delete the tweet because he realized he was wrong or that he was engaging in subconscious biases against those who don’t have all the privilege in the world. He deleted and then reposted the same data because, um:
I did delete the other tweet because everyone said it was unfair to the data which made me a misogynist, so here it is again… the numbers are the same, the message is the same, and AOC still dropped almost everywhere as you can see in the images below. https://t.co/9IGdJvGaIG
— Currently Being Ratio'd (@NumbersMuncher) March 16, 2019
Because everyone said it was unfair to the data? Maybe someone’s biases aren’t as subconscious as Ocasio-Cortez suggested. Especially since he’s still leaving out people of color, which is a huge (and growing) group of Americans. Also, he left out another pretty big and important group, which was *checks notes* all Democrats.
Oh, and by the way, changing your display name to “Currently Being Ratio’d” is not cute, buddy.
NumbersMuncher, who appears to have presented himself as a polling expert, has continued to defend the data but misses the fact that it’s not the data anyone is mad at. No one is surprised that the overall net favorability rating for Ocasio-Cortez has fallen during the time she was elected and has become a vocal proponent of drastic change that has threatened the status quo so hard that the rich and powerful have launched massive attack campaigns against her. That was inevitable. But treating old white men like they’re the only group of people who matter is not inevitable.
The backlash against this guy, however, seems to be inevitable, since he decided to be petty instead of apologizing like an adult.
Data is hard. I made a chart to help. pic.twitter.com/h2RMI6uQG5
— Chat Clussman (@clussman) March 16, 2019
Fun fact: Donald Trump polls poorly with every group except conspiracy theorists, Trump family members and Wilbur Rosses.
— The Impeachment PAC (@powertoimpeach) March 16, 2019
Weird how these numbers are similar.https://t.co/E2au74tPC1
— Tuxedo Mask (@TheLoveBel0w) March 16, 2019
It seems counterproductive for the Right to continually remind us that they're not terribly bright. I just don't understand the strategy.
— Saint Stinky (@SaintStinky) March 16, 2019
😲😂😲😂. “Everyone” is really a shrinking, scared group because now they will be expected to be on same footing as “the others”
— Valerie Stewart (@Portlandval) March 16, 2019
Women are more than 50% of the population. So a correct headline would be ‘majority support AOC.’
— Elinor Vickers (@mediumnell) March 16, 2019
So we just need fewer old white men? Ok.
— Abby Spice (@clapifyoulikeme) March 16, 2019
Nope. 😉 Look how numbers fluctuate wildly *within* groups over the EXTREMELY limited time frame. It’s just an “in this moment” gauge of a relative unknown.
Its ONLY real value is when interpreted/averaged over time. Ultimately, it’s valueless in the context Muncher uses it.
— famous mathlete 🤓 (@JenChancellor) March 16, 2019
Gee for a young congresswoman that's, that's…hang on <checking notes>… What's the point of this poll anyway? To show the ability of Fox news to concentrate coverage on someone and get their sheeple viewers to answer a poll?
— Stable Genius My A$$ (@dudelove88) March 16, 2019
she's -10 in a vacuum where nuance and context aren't a thing, got it
— Mao (@Maolfunction) March 16, 2019
Isn’t this broadly similar to the profile HRC had in 2016? …most national Dems? What stands out re @AOC other than Gallup is now polling about her, not somebody else?
— Walt 🚴🏼♂️🏗🗽🌎 (@WaltFrench) March 16, 2019
Josh has discovered that State TV is effective propaganda!
+4 w/ women, -24 w/ men (Fox = 56% men)
+20 w/ nonwhites, -24 among whites (Fox = 94% white)
+5 w/ 18-34, -9 among 35-54, -22 among 55+ (more than 50% of Fox viewers are over 65)
— Scott Supak (@ssupak) March 16, 2019
"the numbers are the same, the message is the same"
Uh, not quite.
Previously you said AOC was favoured by three groups:
and unfavoured by the converse groups
This is a different message.
— jr33rpm (@jr33rpm) March 16, 2019
This is an analysis of how poor reporting impacts community understanding of reality, right?
— Craig Danuloff (@cdanuloff) March 16, 2019
With awareness numbers being so low in the Sep 2018, you cannot draw the conclusion that her favorability is dropping. It more likely that her favorabilty was artificially high in the Sept 2018 data.
— George Ellis (@geopanda69) March 16, 2019
And you still failed to mention the inherent flaws that gallup themselves say exists in this poll.
The numbers are skewed because democrats are much more likely to not have an opinion of AOC than republicans who are constantly told she's evil. pic.twitter.com/R35aUu9VAn
— Dennis The Menace (@Folstagg) March 16, 2019
and the substance of the critique hasn't changed either, funny how that works
your data still shows that only white people started favoring her less
— 🧀queso y liberDad🏴 (@quesoylibertad) March 16, 2019
Only cowards delete tweets without admitting they were wrong.
— Nathan James Baker (@nathanjbaker) March 16, 2019
Couldn't handle the heat huh? Lmao
And now you sound like a baby. " Everyone said…" You're an adult my guy, learn from it and do better pic.twitter.com/p4zlFBCiEH
— Big Jon 🤬🗣️🍿 (@bawssActionz) March 16, 2019
On the positive side of things, the number of replies to Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet from older white men saying how much they like and support her is enough to get the ol’ heart pumping again.
Even Republicans are getting on board!
I am an Eisenhower Republican and I agree…..@AOC is awesome.
— Jack Grodeska (@JackGrodeska) March 17, 2019