Half of Republicans Say Disbanded Group Stole Election

 Friends of poor Ann Romney reported that she believed up until the end that ascending to the White House was their destiny. Well she isn’t the only Republican feeling robbed.

A new Public Policy Polling (PPP) post election poll shows a substantial number of Republicans believe they were robbed by a group disbanded years ago.

49% of GOP voters nationally say they think that ACORN stole the election for President Obama. 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.(full poll PDF)

And a quarter of Republicans polled want to leave the Union.

Some GOP voters are so unhappy with the outcome that they no longer care to be a part of the United States. 25% of Republicans say they would like their state to secede from the union compared to 56% who want to stay and 19% who aren't sure.

And guess what? There has been a five-point decrease since the election in Republican Party identification.

We've seen a 5-point increase in Democratic identification to 44%, and a 5-point decrease in Republican identification to 32%.

This decrease to 32%, the PPP charitably suggests, may have contributed to the extreme views shown by the poll.

The GOP, now with only 32% extremist views!  

10 thoughts on “Half of Republicans Say Disbanded Group Stole Election

  1. Something comes to mind about going into an election with the Republicans you have, rather than the republicans that can get the job done, or the republicans that you want.

    And then something else about the known knowns, the known unknowns, the unknown unknowns, and the knowns we refuse to accept and deal with like sane, honest, responsible adults. Or something.  

  2. A prominent black activist believes that the Republicans insistent push on voter fraud was actually a major boon to the Democrats:

    Chanelle Hardy, a vice president at the National Urban League, told an audience at the Center For American Progress in Washington that, as conservatives had suspected, there was a drop-off in enthusiasm among the African American electorate between 2008 and 2012. Republicans based a lot of their strategy on enthusiasm dips like these…

    Unfortunately for those Republican strategists’ plans, however, other Republicans in legislatures across the country were on a quest to impose restrictions on voting, chasing the ghost of in-person voter fraud.

    Those Republican legislators flipped a switch with the African American vote, Hardy said, rekindling whatever enthusiasm had waned after 2008’s historic Obama win.

    So hey, if the Repubs want to keep on believing in the Ghost of ACORN, let ’em.  

  3. Maybe it’s not that 32% of Republicans are way out on the right wing extremist fringe. It’s that 100% of the remaining 32% of those polled who were willing to identify as Republicans hold such views.*

    The density of extremists has increased because the few moderates left have now walked away, or rather, to paraphrase then-Senator Jim Jeffords, they didn’t leave the party, the party left them.

    * And yes, I know that’s not mathematically accurate, since only half of the 32% believe ACORN stole the election, but there is such a thing as hyperbole.


    In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican. 
~ H.L. Mencken

  4. it emphasizes once again how precariously poised for collapse is our two-party system.

    As horrible as is the thought of a strong Republican party driven by the right- wing fringe; it is almost equally unthinkable that we end up living in a country where a tiny and particularly poisonous residue of right-wing Republicanism is all that remains of a once strong and reasoned equal partner in governing decisions.

    The idea that fully half of the Republican faithful could be that disconnected with the fact of ACORN’s demise, despite the fact that it was all their doing, is more than a little scary.

  5. “Hot Dang!  Now them Republicans are ready to makes me their official candidate in 2016.  Cause Mr. Drysdale and Miss Jane at the Commerce Bank sehs I’ve done got what them Republicans need, that I’s homespun but also rich.  We’ll have to have one a them Strategy Meetins, around the Fancy Eatin’ Table here.  And if thar is this here conspiracy, well, I’s could sniff it out with my Double-Nought spyin’ skills.  Likes what else do them Republicans got?  Hey, they’s been imitatin’ me all year, anyhow.  And I’s can get Dash Riprock to comes to that thar convention they have and talks to an empty chair.  And dress up Ellie May in one a them sexy celebrity see-all outfits.  If, a course, Granny lets me. But golly, I coulds be what them Republicans need, and I don’t need no speechwriters ta sehs what’s in my head cause I gots my own ideas about this here economy stuff–Americans just needs to cipher more.  Ya know, nought times nought equals nought, nought times one equals…well, I’ll save that for my top secret plan to creates more jobs and lower taxes and go to war with China and find them real killers for that OJ guy.  So I sehs:  JETHRO IN 2016! IT’S THE REPUBLICANS STUPID!  Ooops, Miss Jane sehs I forgots the comma in there.  Anyways, I’m ready to go, Mr. Newt and Mr. Donald.  Finds me a Miss Sarah lady to run with.  Or gets that Miss Britney or that Miss Lindsay gal.  I gotta go.  My shoe phone’s a ringin’.  It might be Mr. Donald callin’ ta give me 5 million dollars!  Hot Dang!  I gotta tell him that whens I gets elected, Granny wants me sworn in by her right out here at the Cement Pond.”

    Now…Really?  ACORN?  No, Republicans.  It was PETA.  Remember Romney’s dog.  That’s what gotcha.    

  6. In another example of fantasy replacing reality, I got a call from Newt Gingrich asking me to donate money to help the Republicans “stand firm” to prevent the “Obama middle-class tax increase” from taking effect in less than 30 days.

    Huh?  How far disconnected do you have to be to buy into that pitch?

  7. And, it should be noted, especially by those who frequently castigate the Democrats as inept and directionless, the Democratic Party and its allies – and both the blogosphere and legacy press – responded to the opportunities provided by the Republicans’ extremist follies.

    Every time a Republican-dominated legislature enacted laws demanding photo ids at the polls or a Republican election official restricted voting hours or locations, there was widespread coverage regarding the actual incidence rate of the “fraud” and how the new laws and regulations addressed the GOP’s voter-suppression agenda.

    We all owe a serious debt of gratitude to the motivated and dedicated voters who stood in lines for hours and hours as a result of the GOP’s repressive tactics.


    In the last analysis, politics is not predictions and politics is not observations. Politics is what we do. Politics is what we do, politics is what we create, by what we work for, by what we hope for and what we dare to imagine. ~ Senator Paul Wellstone

  8. “it is almost equally unthinkable that we end up living in a country where a tiny and particularly poisonous residue of right-wing Republicanism is all that remains of a once strong and reasoned equal partner in governing decisions.”

    A tiny, poisonous residue has been controlling the GOP since the days of Saint Reagan.  As to “right-wing Republicanism is all that remains”, it’s been that way since Bush II was installed.  Moderates have been purged from the GOP for over a decade now, James Jeffords was a harbinger of that.

  9. The demise of ACORN was primarily due to Republican dirty tricks, but one prominent Vermont Democrat voted with the majority to deprive ACORN of funding and has never, to the best of my knowledge, expressed regret for the hasty vote in light of later revelations regarding the trumped up charges.

    And that one prominent Vermont Democrat? Rep. Peter Welch, who is currently refusing to commit to voting down any fiscal deal that raises the age of medicare eligibility or raises the qualifying age or decreases the benefits of social security.

    Shame on you, Peter! All that hooha from Speaker Boehner is just that, hooha. His so-called “counteroffer” is ridiculous, and has nothing to do with a ‘balanced approach.’ As long as you are willing to sacrifice the elderly (and don’t forget we are becoming a larger part of the electorate as more boomers pass 65), we might be called on to sacrifice our support for you.


    It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped. ~ Hubert H. Humphrey  

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