Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning firm based in Raleigh, was ranked the most accurate predictor of the 2008 presidential election by Fordham University.
Maybe they're slow out of the gates this time around.
Like all other types of politicos, now that the election is over, pollsters have gone from in demand and busy all the time to busy trying to look busy.
Stephen Colbert on Wednesday singled out the firm's most recent poll, which found that 49 percent of GOP voters believed the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now – a defunct and controversial community organizing group usually shortened to ACORN – stole the election in favor of President Barack Obama.
These days, there's no one who deserves our pity more than pollsters. Just one month ago, everyone was glued to their projections. ... After the election, pollsters don't have jack squat to do. That's why I admire the folks over at the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling, who despite having nothing to ask, were still willing to ask it in a really divisive way. In their first post-election national poll, they found that 49 percent of GOP voters nationally say that they think ACORN stole the election for President Obama. That is truly shocking, especially since ACORN doesn't exist anymore. It folded two years ago.
Tom Jensen, PPP director, defended the question when POLITICO caught up with him on Thursday.
"I think it was a pretty good measure of Republicans refusing to accept the legitimacy of the election results," Jensen said. "We polled on that after 2008. We just figured that it would be interesting to see that now that it doesn’t exist, would people still blame it. And they did."