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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, laughs during South by Southwest on Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Austin, Texas. The festival has grown from obscure roots into a weeklong juggernaut of tech, politics and entertainment. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

SALT LAKE CITY — Is New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a villain? A new poll says yes, at least when it comes to Amazon’s decision to not open a new headquarters in New York.

A new poll from Siena College asked New York state voters to identify the “hero,” “villain” and “role player” from the Amazon situation. And it was Ocasio-Cortez who led the way under the “villain” category.

According to the report:

  • 38 percent of voters identified Ocasio-Cortez as the biggest villain.
  • 12 percent called AOC a “hero” with the move.
  • 34 percent called local activists as a chief villain.
  • 29 percent voted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as the villain.
  • 28 percent voted New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as the villain.
  • 26 percent called Amazon the villain.
  • 21 percent called the state Senate the villain.
  • 17 percent said labor unions were the source of villainy.

“Who do New Yorkers blame? Well, there’s certainly blame enough to go around … However, voters say the biggest villain was Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” said pollster Steven Greenberg, according to the New York Post. “Amazon itself was seen as the biggest villain among Democrats, but Republicans and independents had Ocasio-Cortez as far and away the largest villain, followed by the local Queens activists.”

Yes, but: The poll featured only 700 registered voters. The state has more than 19 million people in its population. Queens — where Amazon HQ2 was slated to be built — has a population of more than 2 million, so it’s unlikely this represents the total feeling of the area.

More: FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver said polling data showed Ocasio-Cortez lost favorability in New York after the Amazon situation.

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Context: Amazon originally announced it planned to build its second headquarters in two cities — one in Virginia and one in New York.

Amazon dropped Queens as a location due to outcry from “local politicians, union leaders and community organizers who had organized weeks of protests against massive financial breaks promised to Amazon,” according to NPR.

Hero: Ocasio-Cortez is a hero to some as well. Devil’s Due Comics will be publishing a comic book series based on the New York representative, according to ABC News.