Latest Poll Has Akin Down 9 Points to McCaskill in One Week

In one week Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) slid to a nine point deficit behind Claire McCaskill in Missouri. And, McCaskill has not even started to run ads in the state.
Akin now trails Claire McCaskill 50-41.

Cook Political says Akin is unelectable following his outrageous rape comments.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported:

U.S. Senate challenger Todd Akin’s support in Missouri has plummeted since his remarks a week ago about “legitimate rape” and pregnancy, putting him 9 points behind Sen. Claire McCaskill in a race he was previously winning, according to a new Post-Dispatch/News 4 poll.

More than half of Missouri voters now view the Republican congressman unfavorably, the poll indicates, and fewer than one in five view him favorably.

Akin’s fall is especially dramatic among women. They were about evenly split between Akin and McCaskill in a similar poll at the end of July, but women now oppose him by almost 20 percentage points. Even in rural areas where Akin retains the lead, his support has dropped significantly from a month ago…

…Akin, long a staunch opponent of abortion rights, was comfortably leading McCaskill, the incumbent Democrat, before the recent controversy. A Post-Dispatch/News 4 poll in July, before the Republican primary, showed Akin ahead of McCaskill by 5 points in a hypothetical matchup, 49-44

…Akin’s favorability rating in a Mason-Dixon poll conducted in July was double his unfavorable rating, 24-11 percent. More than 40 percent of respondents at that time held a neutral view of him, and 23 percent didn’t know who he was.

The new poll has Akin’s favorable-unfavorable numbers at a dismal 17 to 56 percent. An additional 24 percent held a neutral view, while only 3 percent say they don’t know who he is.

But the data also show that Akin has kept majority support in rural Missouri, where he still beats McCaskill with 50 percent or more of the vote. But in those same regions in the July poll, his support was around 60 percent.

In the St. Louis and Kansas City areas, where Akin lagged McCaskill by around 5 to 15 points a month ago, almost two-thirds of voters are now against him.

That, combined with national GOP vows to withhold millions of dollars in financial support that would otherwise have been coming Akin’s way, makes his path to victory especially narrow, Coker said.

“Grass-roots fundraising in a U.S. Senate race doesn’t cut it,” Coker said. “For McCaskill, the resources are going to pour in (nationally). This is a Senate seat Democrats can save that they weren’t sure about” before Akin’s remarks.

Akin has raised $206,000 from Republican and Democrat supporters since his rape comments.

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  • Patty

    Missouri conservatives rally to Akin, blast Republican “establishment”

    Missouri conservatives say they are rallying around U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin despite his controversial comments about rape because they are outraged that “establishment” Republican Party leaders tried to railroad him out of the race.

    A backlash has set in here in Akin’s suburban St. Louis congressional district, where supporters said the national party had no right to attempt to force out a duly-elected candidate.

    Backers described Akin as the “real deal,” a politician fiercely committed to their social causes such as opposition to abortion, and to the Tea Party drive to downsize government.

    Akin, 65, has defied widespread calls, including from Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, to step aside after he said women’s bodies have natural defenses against pregnancy from “legitimate rape.”

    The uproar knocked Romney’s campaign off message days before the Republican National Convention, and major party paymasters pulled millions of dollars in campaign advertising for Akin.[………….]

  • midusdew

    Yesterday it was 10 now 9……

  • Scott

    The time has come for me to remove Gateway Pundit from my “favorites”.

    Enjoy your conservative bashing.

  • a former dem

    I hope this doesn’t mean Romney will lose MO. Akin is toast. I just hope MO still turns out and votes out Barry Soetero.

    A winnable seat gone, maybe repubs can pick up a seat elsewhere. Of course then there are debates, so who knows what Akins will spout out there.

  • Sasja

    Oh, blah, blah, blah. Akin can’t win. We’re doomed. We’re pathetic whiners.

  • Sasja

    Meanwhile, the dems convention theme is all abortion all the time with a disbarred, impeached serial womanizer and accused rapist giving the keynote.

  • old one

    I voted for Sarah Steelman in the primary, but…will vote for “anybody but McCaskill”, including Akin.

  • old one

    …in the general election, that is.

  • Sasja

    Maybe I should have put “serial lecher.”

  • Patty

    #7 August 25, 2012 at 12:37 pm
    old one commented:


    And I posted an article yesterday on that very thing. Missourians want anyone but McCaskill


    A different article is interesting:

    McCaskill having a hard time escaping Obama’s shadow

    In the minds of many Missourians, Sen. Claire McCaskill’s greatest failing in representing the state was she simply got too close to the country’s first African American president.

    McCaskill early on became a great supporter of Barack Obama in his campaign for the White House. She supported the Affordable Care Act and a lot of Obama’s initiatives.

    But Missouri didn’t. It was a red state in 2008 and is expected to be blood red in November.

    It’s why Republican Todd Akin, despite his foul and offensive statements about rape and abortion, maintains a slight lead over McCaskill in a recent poll. The contest in the former slave state had been framed as anybody but McCaskill among Missouri voters.

    Rep. Akin’s goof up and Republicans trying to distance themselves from him now will give more people pause when they go to the polls. But his backward statements will likely be a distant memory in November.

    However, in Missouri people will long retain images of McCaskill, a white woman, being too close for their comfort to Obama, who’s black. Yes, race still matters, and America is far from any post-racial era.

    Read more here:

  • paha poika

    Hold your nose and vote for this knob Akin in an anybody but Claire effort. Then turn him out in the next primary.

    The only problem with this is that independents now hate him more than Claire. The “Show Me State” may show Akin that they believe him to be a tool. I don’t think Akin can attract enough indy voters to win. Hope I’m wrong about this.

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  • CT

    I can see the November 8, 2012 headlines Missouri Taliban takes down Romney Dems control Senate and Obama re-elected. Unconfirmed reports Todd Akin in hiding. What’s left of the Republic Party in bloody purge.

  • CT

    There’s none so blind than those that refuse to see.

  • Toddski

    Tired of hearing this already………Both Aiken and Huckabee should smash theri heads together…..Jackasses…….They are ruining everything !

  • Votemout2012

    Good job Mr. Hoft. Keep on with hatchet job on Todd Akin. I Am sure Claire loves it. McCaskill might even start retweeting your articles. She may even have a spot for you on their media team. What did conservative pundits expect from the 24/7 media hit job from our own side. Meanwhile you having no respect for the voters who worked hard to get him elected. I am sure your good friends and media vultures Malkin and Coulter are very proud of you too.

  • Sarah

    The more we allow this topic to the be center of conversation the more the Left dances with glee. Let’s move on and return to the big picture. We’re just rehashing and reittering what’s been said over and over here and on a zillion other sites. The convention is a few days away and we have a republic to save. Let’s focus on what we need to do, on where to focus our energies, on how to raise money and work for the November 6th goal. Let’s learn from the Democrats and ignore a big mess by changing the conversation. While they have the media to help them, we’re not powerless. YOU are the meda. Change the conversation.

  • donh

    He’s gained 3% in a day 38 to 41 and cut deficit 10 to 9. All while BOTH parties campaining HARD against him. Todd is not an Al Green or even a Christine O’Donnell level candidate. He can still win this. People won’t be manipulated over the long term by mercinary media hacks harping another macaca smear to railroad another descent human being from office…not while the real criminals still go free. …but JIM NEEDS Akin to lose to save face and you can count on 5 negative attack posts a day from now until Nov 2.

  • Mad Hatter

    #13 CT,

    Why are you obsessed with calling Americans that you disagree with the Taliban?

    How long have you been mentally ill?

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    And, McCaskill has not even started to run ads in the state.

    The only ads she could run are likely to be negative ones; that’s probably why there hasn’t been any progress on that front with McCaskill. Too many negative ads aired too early only end up pissing people off.