Half of Republicans Say ACORN Stole the Election

Interesting, considering ACORN shut down: Public Policy Polling
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2012 10:00 AM CST
In this Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009 photo, an Acorn sign hangs in New Orleans on a blighted house in the Lower Ninth Ward since it was flooded during Hurricane Katrina.   (AP Photo/Cheryl Gerber)

(Newser) – A post-election poll by Public Policy Polling finds that 49% of Republican voters think now-defunct community organization group ACORN stole the election, causing an Obama win. That's down from 52% who believed the same in 2008. "This is a modest decline, but perhaps smaller than might have been expected given that ACORN doesn't exist anymore," snarks PPP. Another result that indicates the GOP isn't taking Obama's win well: A full quarter of Republicans say they want their state to secede, and another 19% aren't sure whether they want to stay in the union.

Part of the reason for these seemingly extreme views: The number of Republicans is on the decline, with just 32% of those polled identifying as Republican, down from 37% before the election. The poll also finds that President Obama's approval rating is now 50%, up a net four points from the last pre-election poll, while scandal-plagued David Petraeus' favorability rating is at 44%. Interestingly, the poll also finds anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist is not well-known at all nationally, and just 15% of those who are familiar with him actually have a good opinion of him. (Read more ACORN stories.)

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