GOPers' Delusion: ACORN Stole Election for Obama
by Jonathan Singer, Thu Nov 19, 2009 at 09:32:01 AM EST
And Republicans continue to live in a world of unreality:
The Republican base is with him though. PPP's newest national survey finds that a 52% majority of GOP voters nationally think that ACORN stole the Presidential election for Barack Obama last year, with only 27% granting that he won it legitimately. Clearly the ACORN card really is an effective one to play with the voters who will decide whether Hoffman gets to be the Republican nominee in a possible repeat bid in 2010.
Belief in the ACORN conspiracy theory is even higher among GOP partisans than the birther one, which only 42% of Republicans expressed agreement with on our national survey in September.
Overall, the American people roundly reject the notion that ACORN somehow stuffed enough ballots -- at least 9,500,000 of them -- to somehow steal the election from John McCain and give it to Barack Obama. (This theory also compels the conclusion that ACORN somehow forged every single pre-election poll, including even those from Fox News (.pdf), the trend of which tracked almost exactly with the ultimate election results.) Indeed, Americans say no to this theory by a 62 percent to 26 percent margin -- including a 72 percent to 18 percent margin among Independents.
If the Republicans want to continue to live in their own world with their own "facts", they can certainly go ahead and do that. But it's not so easy to woo new voters to one's cause when those being wooed think those doing the wooing have only an attenuated relationship with reality.