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Poll Claims Todd Akin Has Re-Taken Lead on Claire McCaskill
Life News ^ | 08/29/2012 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 08/29/2012 9:14:50 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

A new poll paid for by the Family Research Council, a pro-life group, indicates pro-life Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin now leads pro-abortion Sen. Clair McCaskill in the race despite the controversial comments he made about abortion and rape.

The pro-life group says the poll is evidence that Akin should not drop out of the race and that calls for him to do so were premature.

The new survey conducted by Wenzel Strategies of likely Missouri general election voters shows that Senate candidate Todd Akin has regained his lead over Senator Claire McCaskill by a 45% to 42% margin, with 13% undecided. It also shows Akin leading by 10 points among independent voters.

Fritz Wenzel analyzed the results of the survey and concluded that “Despite the firestorm of news in the Senate race over the past few weeks, most voters have already made up their mind in the race, the survey shows. The fact that 80% said they were firm in their choice certainly indicates that this is a race that will be decided more by ideology and turnout efforts by the campaigns and less by breaking news that flashes across the news pages and cable news channels.”

Family Research Council Action PAC Chairman Tony Perkins offered the following reaction:

“This polling shows that Missouri voters are returning to the substance of this race and the clear contrast of records between Todd Akin and Claire McCaskill. Throughout his career, Todd Akin has consistently fought for legislation that honors marriage, human life, religious freedom, and national security. He also has a long record of opposing the commodification of women–in stark contrast to his opponent and liberal detractors, who promote groups like Planned Parenthood while ignoring how abortion harms them.

“Senator McCaskill has supported taxpayer funding for abortion on demand despite opposition from a strong majority of voters. She came to the Senate claiming to govern from the center but has instead been a steadfast supporter of President Obama and his liberal policies.

“FRC Action PAC has enthusiastically endorsed Todd Akin for the U.S. Senate and will work to bring attention to the stark contrast between Todd Akin’s pro-family, fiscally responsible record and Senator McCaskill’s record of taxpayer funding for abortion and government-controlled health care,” concluded Perkins.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: 2012polls; akin; akinwinning; bogus; boguspoll; claremccaskill; frc; frcpoll; missouri; mo2012; poll; poll2012; toddakin
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See poll results and methodology here
1 posted on 08/29/2012 9:14:54 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

McCaskill is so bad, hopefully the voters will get past the flub and vote against her for her horrific voting record and abuse of the office.


2 posted on 08/29/2012 9:17:46 AM PDT by ilgipper
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To: SeekAndFind

If accurate, this is good news. ObamaClaire is one of the leftist bimbos I most want to see thrown out.

Do you know anything about Wenzel Strategies, SeekAndFind?


3 posted on 08/29/2012 9:17:46 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: SeekAndFind

That is VERY GOOD news.

Long live the grass roots. Long live the pro-life movement.


4 posted on 08/29/2012 9:19:00 AM PDT by Theo (May Christ be exalted above all.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, fighters have at least a 50/50 shot of winnning.

Cowards...0/100.


5 posted on 08/29/2012 9:19:12 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: SeekAndFind

You don’t go into battle with the army you want, but with the army you have, and like it or not, Akin is the army we have. He has to win.


6 posted on 08/29/2012 9:19:12 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m guessing most Missourians don’t even know about the Akin kerfuffle.


7 posted on 08/29/2012 9:20:01 AM PDT by lurk
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To: SeekAndFind

But “lather, Rinse, Repreebus” says he won’t get any money from the GOP.


8 posted on 08/29/2012 9:20:18 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working fors)
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To: SeekAndFind

Doesn’t say whats percentage of each party was polled or did i miss it?


9 posted on 08/29/2012 9:20:45 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: dfwgator

If this be so, I may be reconsidering my position on Akin.


10 posted on 08/29/2012 9:21:08 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: SeekAndFind
A new poll paid for by the Family Research Council,

Not trying to be skeptical here...but...
11 posted on 08/29/2012 9:23:52 AM PDT by Signalman
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To: wiggen; Biggirl; LS; dfwgator

DEM 32.7

GOP 34.1

INDY 33.2


12 posted on 08/29/2012 9:24:54 AM PDT by Perdogg (Mutts for Mitt all agree - Better in the crate than on the plate)
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To: Signalman

Believe me, I’m not optimistic, Akin stepped in it, bigtime. But there’s nothing we can do about that now, he’s the guy.


13 posted on 08/29/2012 9:26:03 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Perdogg

Thank you. Don’t know how i missed it.


14 posted on 08/29/2012 9:26:56 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: SeekAndFind

but, but, but...


15 posted on 08/29/2012 9:27:57 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (I used to want to change the world. Now, I want to stop the world from changing me.)
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To: SeekAndFind

That is good news. The numbers are back to where they were before the kerfluffle began. There are not now and never have been many undecideds in this race despite her Leftwaffe controlling the airwaves.


16 posted on 08/29/2012 9:28:17 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Biggirl
People have a choice. Akin or McCaskill. Akin may have misspoke, but look at the alternative.
I figured the voters would eventually stop and think about it. What would they rather have? An old guy who protects the infants, or an NOW hag who wants to see them all dead.
17 posted on 08/29/2012 9:28:24 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: wiggen

I went to the polling firm’s website and downloaded the pdf of the results.


18 posted on 08/29/2012 9:28:31 AM PDT by Perdogg (Mutts for Mitt all agree - Better in the crate than on the plate)
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To: dfwgator

The next call I get from the RNC I’m telling to take their rule changes and stuff it. I’ll send money to individual campaigns and their’s went to Akin.


19 posted on 08/29/2012 9:30:00 AM PDT by duffee (Romney 2012, NEWT 2016)
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To: MrB

IF he wins, Akin will owe them NOTHING!...............


20 posted on 08/29/2012 9:31:10 AM PDT by Red Badger (Anyone who thinks wisdom comes with age is either too young or too stupid to know the difference....)
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To: Perdogg

Pollsters still at it jimmying the numbers to get “their” result. Do you know what the Electoral College map would look like if national polls used this sample? A 400-EV majority for Romney.


21 posted on 08/29/2012 9:31:50 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: SharpRightTurn

RE: Do you know anything about Wenzel Strategies, SeekAndFind?

I don’t know anything about them other than what they tell us about themselves in their website:

http://www.wenzelstrategies.com/


22 posted on 08/29/2012 9:32:16 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wenzel is the pollster Farah uses when he wants to show how much support birtherism has. OTOH, he was relatively accurate about the Cruz/Dewhurst race. FWIW.


23 posted on 08/29/2012 9:33:41 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: Perdogg

Those numbers are pretty representative of the Missouri electorate — though the INDY might be just a little high.


24 posted on 08/29/2012 9:34:00 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Perdogg; wiggen; LS; dfwgator; Biggirl

Here’s a brief intro to their survey methodology:

Wenzel Strategies conducted a survey of likely voters statewide in Missouri regarding the race for the U.S. Senate seat representing Missouri. The survey was conducted Aug. 27-28, 2012, and included 829 respondents. The survey carries a margin of error of +/- 3.38 percentage points

See here:

http://www.wenzelstrategies.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/MO-Senate-Survey-Polling-Memorandum-8-28-2012.pdf


25 posted on 08/29/2012 9:35:26 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

Bull hockey. Rasmussen (the most honest and trusted pollster) has Akin down by 10.


26 posted on 08/29/2012 9:36:28 AM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: SeekAndFind

The state motto of Missouri is “Show me”.

I lived there for 25 years and a much more descriptive one would be “Stand Your Ground”.

Or perhaps simply “Up Yours”. That would work too.

There were a lot of men from Missouri who were present at the Alamo. It wasn’t a coincidence.

I suspect Akin has a good chance.


27 posted on 08/29/2012 9:39:01 AM PDT by buffaloguy
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To: Tex-Con-Man

“Wenzel is the pollster Farah uses when he wants to show how much support birtherism has. OTOH, he was relatively accurate about the Cruz/Dewhurst race. FWIW.”

Thanks.

His track record on the Cruz race gives me encouragement he may be right about Akin/ObamaClaire.


28 posted on 08/29/2012 9:39:17 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Tex-Con-Man

For those who want to read the poll results and don’t want to bother going to their website ( or even clicking on the link I provided in Post #1 ), I cut and paste their summary:

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Wenzel Strategies conducted a survey of likely voters statewide in Missouri regarding the race for the U.S. Senate seat representing Missouri. The survey was conducted Aug. 27-28, 2012, and included 829 respondents. The survey carries a margin of error of +/- 3.38 percentage points.

The Wenzel Strategies telephone survey of likely General Election voters in Missouri shows that Republican Todd Akin leads incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill in the race for U.S. Senate by a 45% to 42% margin, with 13% undecided.

The survey, conducted Aug. 27-28, 2012, shows that four out of five voters in Missouri are firm in their choice for U.S. Senate.

Akin holds a 10-point advantage among independent voters, leading 44% to 34% over McCaskill, which is a key to his overall advantage, the survey shows. McCaskill wins 82% support Democrats and Akin wins 78% among Republicans. While 6% of Democrats said they were unsure about their support, 11% of Republicans said the same thing.

McCaskill holds a 58% to 34% lead over Akin among very liberal voters, but that pales compared to Akin’s 81% to 5% lead over McCaskill among very conservative voters in Missouri. The survey also shows there are many more very conservative voters than very liberal voters in the state. Among moderate voters in Missouri, McCaskill leads by a 63% to 22% margin.

Despite the firestorm of news in the Senate race over the past few weeks, most voters have already made up their mind in the race, the survey shows. The fact that 80% said they were firm in their choice certainly indicates that this is a race that will be decided more by ideology and turnout efforts by the campaigns and less by breaking news that flashes across the news pages and cable news channels.

Overall, just 12% said they could change their minds before they vote, and 8% said they were very open to changing their minds before they cast their ballots.

McCaskill wins an overall favorable rating from 44% of likely voters, while 51% had an unfavorable opinion of her. Among Democrats, 82% held a favorable opinion, while just 11% of Republicans and 43% of independents said the same.
Akin was seen favorably by 44% of voters statewide, while 50% held an unfavorable view of him.

He won favorable ratings from 69% of Republicans, while 22% of Democrats and 40% of independents had the same opinion.


29 posted on 08/29/2012 9:40:11 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

Better a foolish mistake, since repented, than a hard line Marxist!


30 posted on 08/29/2012 9:41:48 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: MrB
But “lather, Rinse, Repreebus” says he won’t get any money from the GOP.

All the more reason to only, ever give money to specific candidates, and NEVER to the RNC.

31 posted on 08/29/2012 9:42:09 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (A deep-fried storm is coming, Mr Obama.)
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To: SharpRightTurn

SENATE BALLOT TEST
Frequency | Percent | Valid Percent | Cumulative Percent

AKIN 376 | 45.4 | 45.4 | 45.4
McCASKILL 346 | 41.7 | 41.7 | 87.1
NOT SURE 107 | 12.9 | 12.9 | 100.0
Total 829 } 100.0 | 100.0


32 posted on 08/29/2012 9:42:28 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: catfish1957

RE: Rasmussen (the most honest and trusted pollster) has Akin down by 10.

_____________________

The Wenzel Strategies Poll was Conducted 8/27-28, how long ago was the Rasmussen Poll?


33 posted on 08/29/2012 9:44:26 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

How can this be? Akin’s doomed the GOP with that comment!


34 posted on 08/29/2012 9:45:04 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: SeekAndFind
Despite the firestorm of news in the Senate race over the past few weeks, most voters have already made up their mind in the race, the survey shows. The fact that 80% said they were firm in their choice certainly indicates that this is a race that will be decided more by ideology and turnout efforts by the campaigns and less by breaking news that flashes across the news pages and cable news channels.

Which, really, is as it should be.

35 posted on 08/29/2012 9:46:30 AM PDT by Yashcheritsiy (Science puts you on the moon, atheism puts you in the gulag)
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To: wiggen
Doesn’t say whats percentage of each party was polled or did i miss it?

You didn't miss it.

I suggest a large grain of salt should be taken along with this poll. The R/D/I split is all over the place in today's polls and is generally set (IMHO) to provide a desired outcome regardless of the actual polling data. This poll could be R+20 for all we know. I don't trust it (although I would like to).

36 posted on 08/29/2012 9:46:44 AM PDT by InterceptPoint (.)
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To: SeekAndFind

This has been one of the dumber Republican political episodes in recent memory. Akin was dumb to say what he said, and the RNC was dumb (and cowardly) to immediately jump up and say they’d give him no financial support, and many others piled on in a dumb manner which was mostly sucking up to PC-ness. More noise came from Republicans than from Dims during the early days of this.

There hasn’t been a lot to admire about any of the prominent Republicans during this entire episode. And now we, or rather the voters of Missouri, are stuck with Akin, so everyone else needs to shutup and let the voters of Missouri decide.

And, yes, The RNC and other Republican groups should give financial support to Akin. No one should forget who he’s trying to unseat, and the importance of gaining control of the Senate.


37 posted on 08/29/2012 9:46:44 AM PDT by Will88
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To: catfish1957

Akin 10 points down was at the peak of the storm, a bit of a rebound is expected. The real poll will show a deadheat


38 posted on 08/29/2012 9:47:21 AM PDT by Bulwinkle (Alec, a.k.a. Daffy Duck)
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To: Will88

I have a feeling that very quietly, the RNC will fund him, when it dies down.


39 posted on 08/29/2012 9:47:57 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

Good info, thanks.


40 posted on 08/29/2012 9:51:19 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: InterceptPoint
The R/D/I split is all over the place in today's polls and is generally set (IMHO) to provide a desired outcome regardless of the actual polling data.

Nope.

These numbers reflect the Missouri electorate pretty accurately:

DEM 32.7 GOP 34.1 INDY 33.2

41 posted on 08/29/2012 9:52:59 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: InterceptPoint

Post 12 was kind enough to list the breakdown.


42 posted on 08/29/2012 9:53:43 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: catfish1957
Bull hockey. Rasmussen (the most honest and trusted pollster) has Akin down by 10.

Maybe you should wait until the next time Rasmussen polls Missouri (probably in a couple of weeks) before making this judgement.

43 posted on 08/29/2012 9:54:00 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: SeekAndFind
IF this poll is correct, it is a testament to how much McCaskill is disliked.
44 posted on 08/29/2012 9:54:20 AM PDT by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: wiggen

You missed nothing. They do not list their weighting and special sauce.

LLS


45 posted on 08/29/2012 9:55:36 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (If romney is our only chance... we have less of a chance than a Massachusetts fetus.)
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To: catfish1957
Bull hockey. Rasmussen (the most honest and trusted pollster) has Akin down by 10.

The situation with Akin is probably very fluid and the most recent polls might be the most accurate. Since Akin apparently isn't going anywhere, if all those outside Missouri would shutup and let the voters of Missouri decide, Akin might still pull out a victory.

46 posted on 08/29/2012 9:55:52 AM PDT by Will88
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To: ilgipper

No one has even mentioned her Airline scandal yet. She is so corrupt there is no reason Akin can not bring this back, but he must ignore the Rovians and Romulins, and attack.


47 posted on 08/29/2012 10:01:43 AM PDT by itsahoot (Write in Palin in 2012, Just to pi$$ off the Romney botts.)
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To: MrB

Reince said he wouldn’t gave any money if it were even up in Missouri. This poll indicates Akin is ahead. We’ll see if other polls confirm this one.

I realize this is a little subtle for some people, but our standard should be to hold people accountable and also to be charitable.

The man made an error (concerning pregnancy and rape). I believe he has distanced himself from the error, but I don’t know by how much. So, I’m not in a good position to say whether he has met what should be our standard.

Amazingly, his position on abortion aligns with the majority, who are moderately pro-choice, insofar as he would allow a rape or incest exception. Perhaps he was trying to play both sides of the pro-life street by saying that his exception would be a rare exception. Or, maybe this was just the way he reconciled wanting to protect life within the womb with allowing a rape or incest exception.


48 posted on 08/29/2012 10:04:07 AM PDT by Redmen4ever
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To: MrB

Reince said he wouldn’t gave any money if it were even up in Missouri. This poll indicates Akin is ahead. We’ll see if other polls confirm this one.

I realize this is a little subtle for some people, but our standard should be to hold people accountable and also to be charitable.

The man made an error (concerning pregnancy and rape). I believe he has distanced himself from the error, but I don’t know by how much. So, I’m not in a good position to say whether he has met what should be our standard.

Amazingly, his position on abortion aligns with the majority, who are moderately pro-choice, insofar as he would allow a rape or incest exception. Perhaps he was trying to play both sides of the pro-life street by saying that his exception would be a rare exception. Or, maybe this was just the way he reconciled wanting to protect life within the womb with allowing a rape or incest exception.


49 posted on 08/29/2012 10:04:13 AM PDT by Redmen4ever
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To: SeekAndFind

Thank you.

LLS


50 posted on 08/29/2012 10:05:00 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (If romney is our only chance... we have less of a chance than a Massachusetts fetus.)
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