Conspiracy Theory Poll

Will ACORN Rig the Election From Beyond the Grave?

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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

A new Public Policy Polling (PPP) poll found Hillary Clinton leading in North Carolina for the first time since early Spring, but it also found something else amusing.

While 69 percent of Republican voters believe Hillary Clinton is going to steal the election, a significant portion of them believe a specific, non-existent organization is going to steal it for her.

-69% of Trump voters think that if Hillary Clinton wins the election it will be because it was rigged, to only 16% who think it would be because she got more vote than Trump. More specifically 40% of Trump voters think that ACORN (which hasn't existed in years) will steal the election for Clinton. That shows the long staying power of GOP conspiracy theories.

As you know, ACORN was defunded and closed six years ago.

Is ACORN going to rig the election from beyond the grave? Is ACORN going to rig the 2020 and 2024 elections as well?

Given the high number of self-identified Republicans who believe the election will be rigged, I wonder to what extent that may depress conservative voter turnout. Why bother voting if it's going to be rigged anyway, right?

Some are speculating that Trump is laying the groundwork for congressional Republicans to obstruct the Clinton administration by claiming the election will be rigged, but I don't necessarily buy that because I believe most congressional Republicans will be just as glad as anyone if Trump loses.

With that said, Republicans are going to do whatever they can to obstruct the Clinton administration. They don't need a conspiracy theory to do it.

The PPP poll of North Carolina also found that voters would prefer a third term of the Obama presidency over Trump. For Trump to say that a Clinton presidency would be a "third term for Obama" does not seem like an effective attack. President Obama has some of the highest approval ratings in the country.

  • Christopher Foxx

    Some are speculating that Trump is laying the groundwork for congressional Republicans to obstruct the Clinton administration by claiming the election will be rigged, but I don’t necessarily buy that because I believe most congressional Republicans will be just as glad as anyone if Trump loses.

    They may be happy that he loses but that doesn’t mean they won’t hesitate for a moment to jump on board his claim that the election was rigged to “justify” their continued refusal to do their jobs as legislators.

  • muselet

    I’m only surprised that 40% of Trump voters didn’t think the election will be stolen by the New Black Panther Party (you know, those two guys loitering outside a Philadelphia polling place—and being studiously ignored by everyone walking by—back in 2008).

    Jeez, these people.

    –alopecia

    • Aynwrong

      Santa Clause will save them. He is White ya know. Just ask Megyn Kelly.

  • Victor the Crab

    Trevor Noah had it right on the Daily Show, last night. These elections ARE rigged. In favor of Republicans, what with gerrymandering, harsh voter IQ laws that attempt to disenfranchise minorities. But hey, the right will continue to pimp their POV because, in their minds, nobody has EVER come close to suffering more than white people who continue to have it their way, the fucking babies!

  • ACORN is the new Knights Templar.

  • theronware

    The very fact that tRump is the republican party’s nominee is proof that they are nothing more than cult.

  • Aynwrong

    Trump shouldn’t take all the blame for this stupidity. Conservative media and the Congressional Republicans and statewide elected Republican officials have been laying the groundwork for this conspiratorial nonsense for years. The idea that voter fraud has been happening massively and yet somehow secretly is practically religion in Conservative politics. Republicans in Congress were voting to de-fund ACORN over and over again years after it was no longer in existence.

    Trump isn’t really the problem. The problem is the Republican voter who empowers him. They’re the disease. Trump’s just the most obvious symptom.

    • I like the disease metaphor. Every time I look at Trump all I can see is an ugly necrotic growth anyway.

  • ninjaf

    This is what happens when you live in an echo chamber.

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    Obama ain’t so bad.