Yes, Half of Republicans Think ACORN, Which Doesn't Exist, Stole the Election

Public Policy Polling has new and legitimate results — even if they're a bit heavy on the forced fantasy quentions.

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The funniest poll of the afternoon comes from the folks over at Public Policy Polling, who have results that are new and legitimate results (if a bit heavy on the forced fantasy questions) finding that 49 percent of Republicans and six percent of Democrats believe ACORN stole the 2012 election for Barack Obama — despite the pesky fact that ACORN folded in 2010. How ... wait ... huh?

We get it: This is supposed to be one of those what-if polls that indicates how voters will believe anything. "We found that 52% of Republicans thought that ACORN stole the 2008 election for Obama, so this is a modest decline, but perhaps smaller than might have been expected given that ACORN doesn't exist anymore," writes the team at PPP.

But that isn't 100-percent fair. We don't dispute the results from what we now know to be one of the most accurate pollsters in the game, but throwing a silly fact out there like that isn't exactly fair considering the questioning. What's important to remember is that 100 percent of the 700 people who were asked the ACORN question were prompted the ACORN theory by PPP itself:

So, yeah, regardless of political rancor and in the spirit of American intellect, we're shooting for a 100-0-0 here. But by putting that question out there and those three options, you're skewing results. And we don't know if Republicans are coming up with this conspiracy theory organically:

All that laid out, yes, 100-0-0 should be what we're looking for across the board. And, yes, that 49% is disheartening, but let's not forget this question: Who are the 6 percent of Democrats and 2 percent of people who voted for Obama who think ACORN stole the whole thing?

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