ZOMBIE FEARS STILL SURROUND ACORN…. One of the more entertaining polls of the 2010 midterm season came in mid-September, when Public Policy Polling found that 23% of Republicans feared ACORN may help Democrats steal the election.

ACORN permanently closed its doors in March, six months before the poll was taken.

We’re now a full year since ACORN’s demise, and wouldn’t you know it, the fears have gotten worse, not better. (via Dave Weigel)

GOP voters think that the ACORN threat has gone down significantly. In November of 2009 we found 52% of Republicans thought ACORN had stolen the election for Barack Obama in 2008. Now only 25% think the organization will steal the election for him again next year, while 43% think it will not and 32% aren’t sure yet.

So let me get this straight. In September, nearly a fourth of Republicans feared that a group that no longer exists would commit electoral fraud on a grand scale. Six months later, with ACORN a more distant memory, even more Republicans are afraid of the group that no longer exists.

I suspect there’s a part of the population that will, forevermore, fear that ACORN will work quietly to do nefarious things. But that doesn’t make it any less ridiculous.

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