Poll: Democrats Overwhelmingly Believe U.S. Has Only 12 Years to Fight Climate Change

Remember when Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed that if we don’t do something about climate change the world will end in 12 years, and then she faulted the GOP for taking her literally and not being able to take a joke? "You’d have to have the social intelligence of a sea sponge to think it’s literal," she tweeted earlier this month.

Well, apparently Democrats can’t take a joke either because according to a Rasmussen poll released today, a staggering 67 percent of Democrats believe Ocasio-Cortez’s climate change warning to be completely legit.

According to the poll, 48 percent of all likely voters agree that the United States has only twelve years left to fight climate change before the effects are irreversible. The poll did not identify Ocasio-Cortez or Bernie Sanders (who still believes the doomsday prediction to be true) while conducting the survey. According to the poll, 40 percent disagree with the prediction, and 11 percent are undecided.

The most fascinating thing about the poll, aside from the large percentage of Democrat sea sponges who believe the 12-year prediction, is how the number of voters who believe it has skyrocketed in just a few months. When Rasmussen first polled on this issue back in January, after Ocasio-Cortez first publicly made her prediction, only 23 percent of voters agreed with it. Back in January, however, only 34 percent of Democrats believed what Ocasio-Cortez says only a sea sponge would have taken seriously. This shows the incredible influence the socialist wing of the Democratic Party has on the party as a whole.

The mainstream media claims conservatives are “obsessed” with Ocasio-Cortez, yet her influence on the party clearly shows that she’s the de facto leader of the party. Her positions on climate change, impeachment, and other issues have become mainstream in the Democratic Party. Her criticism of Joe Biden forced him to backtrack on his call for a balanced approach to addressing climate change. Biden has been a U.S. senator longer than she has been alive, and she owned him without breaking a sweat.

Make no mistake about it, it's AOC's party now.

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Matt Margolis is the author of The Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama and the bestselling The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. His new book, Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama's Legacy, will be published in July 2019. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis