This may be the most remarkable polling number I’ve seen in a long time.
As part of its most recent national poll, Public Policy Polling asked the following question: “Do you think that Barack Obama legitimately won the presidential election last year, or do you think that ACORN stole it for him?”
Overall, 26 percent of the Americans polled said they believed ACORN stole the election for Obama. That number is troubling enough, but the number among Republicans polled was shocking. According to PPP, just 27 percent of Republicans said they believed that Obama won the election legitimately, while 52 percent said ACORN stole it.
I don’t know how many Democrats believed that the election of George W. Bush in 2000 was illegitimate. It was a substantial number, especially in the days and weeks right after the election, but I don’t think it was ever anything near 52 percent. And even though the claim was groundless, the strange events of 2000 — the fiasco in Florida and the controversial involvement of the Supreme Court — certainly gave liberals more reason to doubt than conservatives have today.
The fact that only 27 percent of Republicans are willing to accept Obama’s election as legitimate is outrageous. In fact, I refuse to take it on face value. I suspect that a lot of those people just don’t want to admit the legitimacy of Obama’s election and presidency, and ACORN gives them an excuse for not doing so.
But still … how petty. That’s ridiculous.