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I don’t believe this for a second.

November 19, 2009
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Who are “Public Policy Polling?” They’ve got a poll out that says:

The poll asked this question: “Do you think that Barack Obama legitimately won the Presidential election last year, or do you think that ACORN stole it for him?” The overall top-line is legitimately won 62%, ACORN stole it 26%.

Among Republicans, however, only 27% say Obama actually won the race, with 52% — an outright majority — saying that ACORN stole it.

The problem, of course, is that this is ridiculous. ACORN stole an election that Obama won by…what was it? Seven percentage points, nationally? Nearly 9.5 million votes. He won the Electoral College 365-173, and only three Obama states – Indiana, New Hampshire, and North Carolina – were won by fewer than 100,000 votes. Had those three gone the other way, Obama still would have won 335-203.

ACORN is, I honestly believe, powerful enough to sway a few very close districts. A very close state. Maybe more. But swings of that size? No way.

Would BigGovernment.com be able to embarrass them the way they did, otherwise? Not likely. An organization powerful enough to sway an election by that much would have crushed that little problem like an eggshell resting unsuspectingly on Blogprof’s dining room chair. We never would have heard the name of Hannah Giles. James O’Keefe would have been sold into actual prostitution, if ACORN were that powerful.

There’s something wrong with this poll. There’s something wrong with the sample. I can believe some small number of people honestly believing this, but 52% of Republicans? Actual, real-life Republicans, who have jobs and families and read newspapers and who went to college?

I doubt it.

Here’s Public Policy Polling’s client list. I dunno whether all those politicians are Democrats or what (somebody do some research on that, thanks), but that’s a long list of liberal organizations. I hate to suggest that they purposely ran the poll to reach this ridiculous – and, if true, embarrassing – result, but something sure went wrong. This flies in the face of grade-school reason.

Via TPM and Memeorandum.

Polls suck.

2 Comments
  1. November 19, 2009 10:30 pm

    Wholeheartedly agree. This sounds like an effort to save ACORN by painting a vast right-wing conspiracy and turning ACORN into victims.

  2. Oh Hi Mark permalink
    November 20, 2009 2:24 pm

    ^At least 52% of Republicans believe that ACORN manipulated this poll to make Republicans look bad. And another 42% believe this poll was born in Kenya.

    I’m just saying, numbers don’t lie.

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