Skip to comments.Akin regains lead in Missouri latest polling shows
Posted on 08/30/2012 5:13:15 AM PDT by IbJensen
WASHINGTON, DC, August 29, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) A poll of likely Missouri general election voters released this morning shows that, far from being out of the race, embattled Senate candidate Todd Akin has regained his lead over Senator Claire McCaskill by a 45% to 42% margin, with 13% undecided.
The survey conducted by Wenzel Strategies commissioned by Family Research Council Action also shows Akin leading by 10 points among independent voters.
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, said Wenzel Strategies pollster Fritz Wenzel. 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.
Wenzel also observed that McCaskill holds a 58% lead over Akin among very liberal voters, but that pales compared to Akins 81% to 5% lead among very conservative voters in Missouri.
Family Research Council Action PAC Chairman Tony Perkins was unequivocal in his support for Akin. Throughout his career, Todd Akin has consistently fought for legislation that honors marriage, human life, religious freedom, and national security, he said.
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.
Perkins noted that McCaskill has supported taxpayer funding for abortion on demand. 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, he said.
The Family Research Council telephone poll was conducted by Wenzel Strategies from Aug. 27 to Aug. 28, testing 829 voters for a margin of error of plus or minus 3.38 percent. The sample was 32.7 percent Democrats, 34.1 percent Republicans and 33.2 percent independents.
They have been effectively backing McCaskill by attacking Todd Akin. Go Todd!
I hope Huckabee and his followers can get him enough money.
Might want to have the headline font in a smaller case. It will make the words easier to swallow for some here on FR.
Republicans running away instead of standing to fight will be the image that stays in my mind about this whole affair.
YEP. The GOP hierarchy were absolutely speechless about this turn of events including their mouthpieces on this forum. It was nice to have a quiet day.
Well, I hope he wins and I hope he LEARNS to speak more prudently.
FREEPERS are going to be pissed by this news. After the hate Akin posts daily this is going to put most in a depression.
Akin is toxic ... he is poison to every flamin' liberal out there! His passion is for those who cannot speak for themselves. His choice of words just gave the media some red meat to try and destroy him.
A guy just came in to work this morning stating that "Todd Akin said homosexuality could be cured with mothers breast milk."
The loons absolutely hate Akin.
Yeah, but he said something totally absurd ONE time (just guessing it was one) thus negating (can I use a word with “neg” in it and not be labeled racist?) anything positive he ever did. On the other hand we have that pillar of the community kuhlair muchasskle (any distant relation to Eddie Hasskle?) who will hopefully lose. If we got rid of politicians because they say something stupid, how in the he!! did we end up with joe biden one heartbeat from the presidency? This clown suffers from hoof in mouth disease and no one takes notice. What?????
Helping keep mankind warm for 65 years.
You're not from Missouri, are you?
McCaskill has her lips attached to Obama's rear end!
Well I’d love to be proven wrong about Akin (that he’s an idiot) and about this race (that he can’t win). I’ll be the first here to say that I was an idiot for writing him off if he pulls this off.
Having said that, is the + 3 Republican breakdown of those polled a good split? In the very pro-GOP 2010 cycle, wasn’t Missouri even between Republicans and Democrats?
And how many debates are scheduled? I still fear that Akin might say something else stupid, or that he’s the one guy the dim-witted McCaskill can out-debate. Well, actually she only needs to not get wiped out in a debate for the media to declare her the winner of the debate.
I can believe it. I wonder if he has the same effect on the 65% of Republicans who didn't vote for him in the primary.
Aikin made a bad mistake, but he is right on the issues.
You're not from Missouri, are you?
McCaskill has her lips attached to Obama's rear end!
If a politician doesn’t say or do something stupid, the media will make it up.
Remember the congressman from Ohio they went after a few years ago for wearing a nazi uniform.... in WWII re enactments?
I was one of those reluctant naysayers. If he can win this, then I will eat crow.
Just dont say anything else stupid, Akin.
lol. That is for sure. I am sure that they are going to try and find some dirt on Ryan, but it will not work as he and Romney are pretty squeeky clean.
You forget that McCasket’s negatives are that high in Missouri. Missouri voted 70% to 30% to overturn Obamacare in Missouri and that means that a whole lot of registered Democrats either stayed home or voted with that 70%
You hit it dead center. The explosion of angry voices was over the single word “LEGITIMATE”. Now, what would have happened if he has (more prudently) used the expression “FELONY rape”?
What would have been the outcry then?
I sure do - he was running for Marcy Kaptur's seat.
The bad news? It worked.
Just dont say anything else stupid, Akin.
A parting dig? I guess you were 'reluctant' to post that as well, eh?
Perhaps, but that wasn’t showing up in Rasmussen. I’d be happy to be proven wrong, but so far the only polls I’ve seen showing Akin ahead were the PPP poll with R+9 designed to keep Akin in the race and this one paid for by one of Akin’s biggest supporters.
Would you be referring to the same 65% who are big enough to honor the results of that primary as opposed to the party hierarchy who aren't.
One of our local politicians got caught up in that stupidity but it died down for him because even here in the north we don’t hate re en actors for wearing confederate uniforms.
He’s a township official and even went so far as to provide photos of himself wearing a German WWII uniform next to the Ohio politician.
IMO, you won't be happy, especially then.
Right now I’m surprised he is close at all since McCasket controls the airwaves with her Leftwaffe dropping softball adds on veterans and the elderly, but most Missourians aren’t buying what she is now selling despite the GOPe’s failure to date to enter the fray against her.
Actually this poll sample is only +1.4 Republicans, so that’s better.
Yes, that poll that was R+9 was garbage, and Akin seemed completely unaware of that until Hannity pointed it out to him.
But I think it’s clear now that Akin would stay in even if every poll showed him down by 20. So let’s hope for the best.
The 58 percent may means that “liberals” are so uninformed they don’t know they are liberals.
Conservatives and the GOP, if they are serious about saving America from the Communists and socialists and leftist Luddites, MUST take over an EQUAL number of newsmedia organs from the left. Just FOX isn't enough, and even FOX, though excoriated by the left, DOES provide equal and balanced coverage. THAT is NOT what we need. We need newsmedia which just as biased towards OUR positions as CNN, ABC, CBS, TNT, etc are towards the left.
SECOND, we have to start a grassroots movement to TAKE BACK our schools and colleges from the leftists who have seized control of them. Not only do they brainwash future generations of Americans into believing leftist garbage, they are so busy teaching left wing propaganda and politically correct drivel that Americans have fallen FAR behind OTHER nations in the sciences and many other disciplines.
Kids today can tell you who the first black scientist is, but haven't a clue about relativity.
They can tell you about Martin Luther King and Selma but don't know the name of their own governor or who we fought our Revolution against or even why.
We need to start DEMANDING copies of texts and information about curricula at every level of education, we need to SCRUTINIZE, CRITICIZE and REJECT unacceptable material that the schools and colleges use, we need to take over Boards of Education and school systems from the "professional" educators and demand more input from US and from leaders in private industry who KNOW what the needs of the business world in America are, and DEMAND that these needs be addressed in formulating curricula while REJCTING junk knowledge about pointless politically correct crap.
These two points are CRITICAL to saving America and our way of life.
More conservatives need to read Machiavelli.
The goal is retaking the Senate and kicking Obama out of the White House.
Well then you better go kick Reince Priebus right square in the gonads and tell him he might be helping in losing a seat if he keeps up his petty BS of withholding funds from Akin!
Or is this Senate seat "not that important" after all?
Akin made the first goal much harder.
Thanks for sharing your opinion.
Defiant and determined, Akin plans return to the campaign trail, joining rival McCaskill
Akin camp alleges threats to staff
Akin’s spokesman Ryan Hite confirmed that some members of Akin’s campaign staff, and some volunteers, have received threatening emails, some of which assert their careers might be ruined if they stay with Akin.
A source close to Akin provided the Beacon a copy of one such email that allegedly came from a GOP committeeperson in central Missouri. The senders name had been blacked out.
Many within the Republican Party have noticed your energetic and passionate work with Todd Akins Senate campaign, the note read. You are young, well spoken, and likeable. I have spoken with many other state committeemen and women and there is a consensus among those who know of you that you may very well be a rising star within the Missouri GOP. But not if you stay on Todd Akins failing campaign.
The note continued, I do not want to see your future in Missouri politics tarnished, and if you continue to support Mr. Akins bid for Senate by working on his campaign, the MRP will have no choice but to refuse support for any future political endeavors you may have.”
A spokesman for the Missouri Republican Party condemned such a note, and said party leaders did not condone such activities.
The dims overplayed their hand on this...BIG TIME...and it is turning people off.
“Akin made the first goal much harder. “
Thanks in huge part to screaming republican weasels!
Missourians, stubborn as a mule and blessed with long memories. AirClaire is toast.
And for all you non-Missourians: We who live in Missouri tried to tell you when the whole thing happened with Akin. But were were shouted down and villified. We tried to tell you that the dislike of McCaskill + Akins dyed in the wool Conservativism would carry the day. People are really fed up.
OH! And not to mention, we Missourians really HATE it when outsiders try to tell us to do something. The GOP is toast in MO.
The first is still a possibility. The second ain't gonna happen.
What a BS post. Sure a lot of Freepers wanted Akin to resign because it looked like he'd blown the race by saying something stupid. I was one of them (and for the record, Akin did say something stupid that was used by the media as a cudgel against him and other candidates). But to suggest that Freepers will be "depressed" over this news just shows how combative you are with fellow Freepers.
I thought Akin was a fool who had cost us a senate seat that was in the bag. If he pulls this out, I will be delighted. I will probably be sending him money.
For me, it was all about the seat. I don't know what your priorities are.
I can provide several links to medical studies and research that has been conducted that show that there are indeed contributing factors to women having spontaneous abortions (miscarriages). It isn't so much a matter of "rejection" as it is an instance of incompatible conditions for growth in early embryonic development.
Would seeing them possibly cause you to change your mind or are you already set in your determination?
On a side note...I'm actually rather shocked to see you saying that.
When Akin wins all the hand wringers and the spineless will be avoiding any Akin discussions methinks.
How many liberals do you know who don't?
Akin Bounces Back in New Poll and Releases New Ad.
I saw a lot of supposed conservatives shooting Akin in the back for one statement he made, while having one of the best voting records in Congress. Much better even than Paul Ryan. Yet these same people are willing to overlook a candidate who implemented socialistic state mandated health care and who believes in global warming taxes on private industry to pay to fix a problem that doesn’t exist. I am so happy that Todd Akin has stuck it out and did not buckle to the RINO establishment that wanted to replace him with some squishy John Boehner ass kisser. Go Todd Akin!
Mehtinks you are correct.
Here’s my take on the pattern of conservatives’ reaction to the unfolding events.
1. Surprise over what Akin said, whether they agreed or not.
2. Confusion as to whether it was true.
3. Concern that what he said could give the seat to the Democrats.
4. Consideration that if this was enough to torpedo his election, maybe we need to put up an electable candidate before the deadline.
5. Further reflection on the ramifications of all of this. A last minute scramble for a new candidate might be worse than backing Akin.
6. Anger at the disloyalty of the RNC.
7. Closer scrutiny of Akin in totality, not just the single remark that got so much attention in the media.
8. Decision to vote for Akin, either because they fully support his views, because they trust him to be truthful and not a slick machine politician, and/or because they do not want McCaskill to win.
I think most of us are susceptible to a shakeup of our opinions for a variety of reasons. This is why the “October surprise” is so effective. Hopefully, events like this will help us to learn to think fast and react properly.
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