The GOP’s Monday Morning Quarterbacking


This new PPP poll is fascinating for many reasons. It shows, as the headline on the story indicates, that Republicans are not handling the loss of the presidential election very well at all. They’re even blaming it on non-existent organizations:

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.

Yeah, little things like their non-existence might be important.

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.

Wow. No, those petitions aren’t just a few far right cranks. This is a fairly common position in the GOP. And that’s just frightening.

Comments

  1. Reginald Selkirk says

    25% of Republicans say they would like their state to secede…

    I’d like to remind those Republicans that they shouldn’t rely on the gubmint to do everything for them. Secession can be an individual decision. You are free to leave. Really! If you are looking for a theocracy in which big business interests are given the deference they demand, Saudi Arabia is still near the top of the lists.

  2. Drew says

    One thing I don’t particularly care for is the phrasing of the ACORN question. It was either a. Obama actually won, or b. ACORN stole the election for Obama.

    So it’s possible that some (I’d guess a lot) of that 49% don’t actually think it was ACORN that did it this time around but can’t admit that Obama actually won the election, so must go with the only offered alternative.

  3. Brandon says

    The part where the ACORN question was phrased in a fashion that was either deliberately designed to give a desired answer or was written by someone that’s grossly incompetent makes me mistrust the polling agency.

  4. dugglebogey says

    A large percentage of them also think there’s a man who lives in the clouds who loves them and wants 10% of their income.

    Some people will believe anything.

  5. eric says

    It looks to me like they really wanted to stick with a very simple, standardized 3-choice answer rubric. They knew this would cause issues with their ACORN question, so they added in a question about a non-existent Act of Congress to try and gauge the size of the ignorance of their audience.

    About half of Romney-voters say that ACORN stole the election. But half of that group also said they opposed or supported a non-existent Act of Congress. You can’t chalk that second bit up to poor wording or skewed wording. So I’d believe that 25% of GOP voters (half of the half) really do think ACORN stole the election, because they are obviously uneducated in terms of national politics.

  6. leonardschneider says

    Wow. Just wow.

    It’s actually a bit sad the GOP hasn’t figured out why Romney is such a turn-off. Here’s a man in his mid-50s with more money than Croesus, who has already had an active and busy career. Normal people, at that age and level of income, would decide it’s time to relax and do nothing but have fun.

    Nope, not Romney. He decided to be President.

    Now, being POTUS is a pretty crap job. The only reason anyone in Romney’s position would want the job is either (a) he wants to flesh out an already stellar resumé, or (b) he’s a power-junkie. (Or both. Personally, I think he’s a power-junkie.) Why else would anyone put up with the bullshit that goes along with the job, when they already have such a long track record of personal success in both private and public life?

    Maybe I’m being cynical… Nah, can’t be, I voted for Gary Johnson. I just have a hard time wrapping my brain around Mitt Romney doing any activity more complex than taking his morning piss for the Greater Good Of The Nation and not pure self-interest.

  7. Ichthyic says

    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.

    head.

    desk.

  8. says

    Acorn just went underground. To get in contact with them you have to use the double-secret password, swordfish.
    Oh fuck! Sorry, now all your minds will have to be erased to prevent you from revealing our commie/Nazi/atheist/Muslim/gay/pot-smoking agenda.

  9. lpetrich says

    What will those Republican secessionists do the next time the Republicans get defeated? Burn American flags?

    That would be a sight to see, right-wingers doing what they had long considered super villainy.

  10. tsig says

    If the right wingers burnt flags that would be an act of super patriotism because what ever they do is right, you can tell it’s right because they do it and they always do right. Right? :)

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