When Doug Hoffman blamed ACORN for his loss in the NY-23 special House election, he was apparently channeling the GOP base. A new Public Policy Polling survey found that a majority of Republican voters think that ACORN stole the presidential election for Barack Obama last year.
Fifty-two percent of national GOPers said ACORN stole Obama the presidency; only 27% think he won it legitimately.
Overall, 62% of Americans think Obama legitimately won the election. Only 26% think ACORN stole it for him, with most Democrats and independents dismissing the idea.
TPM's Eric Kleefeld points out that, given the 53% to 46% divide between Obama and Sen. John McCain in the 2008 race, "in order to believe that Obama wasn't the true winner of the 2008 election, one would have to think that ACORN (and perhaps other groups) stuffed ballots to the tune of over 9.5 million votes."
Dave Weigel writes that this idea has been circulating among conservatives for a while.