More than half of surveyed Republican voters believe Barack Obama owes his 2008 presidential victory to ACORN, according to a new poll.

A close look at the cross tabs in Public Policy Polling's (PPP) latest measure reveals 52 percent of GOP voters believe ACORN -- which has long battled back concerns about voting fraud -- stole votes, and thus the presidential election, for Obama.


By contrast, only 27 percent of GOP voters believe Obama won the election fairly.

However, the numbers are nearly reversed when PPP prompted the entire electorate: 62 percent said Obama won the election legitimately, while about 26 percent indicated ACORN stole it for him, according to the poll.

Those numbers are intriguing, especially because they arrive on the heels of defeated NY-23 candidate Doug Hoffman's suggestion that his slim vote deficit is in some way attributable to the community organization.

"As evidence surfaces, we find out that reported results from election night were far from accurate," he wrote in an open letter on his Web site. "ACORN and the unions did their best to try and sway the results to Obamacare supporter Bill Owens."

Election officials have since decried Hoffman's assertion as "absolutely false." But his tactic on Wednesday -- and PPP's numbers on Thursday -- perhaps illustrate the prominent role ACORN attacks might play in 2010.