Missouri voters strongly disagree with the comments Todd Akin made about abortion over the weekend, but it hasn’t moved the numbers a whole lot in the Senate race. Akin leads Claire McCaskill by a single point, 44-43. That’s basically identical to our last poll of the contest in late May, which found Akin ahead by a 45-44 spread.
(Via HotAir headlines.) And that despite “75% of voters, including even 64% of Republicans”, saying they found the candidate’s comments inappropriate. Not just that, his ratings have taken a tumble, with only “24% of voters have a favorable opinion of him to 58% with a negative one.”
What’s keeping him afloat is voter dislike of the incumbent, Democrat McCaskill. These numbers, report PPP’s Tom Jensen speak to
McCaskill’s continued unpopularity. Only 41% of voters approve of the job she’s doing to 53% who disapprove and for many voters their dislike of McCaskill trumps their concerns about Akin.
Maybe Mr. Akin could clean up his image in the next 80 days. Or maybe he could drop out of the race, show himself to put a man of class who puts his party, his state and his nation ahead of his own ambition and ensure that Missourians won’t have to suffer another six years with a Senator they definitely want to replace.
UPDATE: This poll, unlike most from PPP, appears not to skew toward the Dems. Ed Morrissey looked at the Dem/GOP/Independent breakdown and found that the “significantly oversampled Republicans“, leading Paul Mirengoff that this was part of a strategy to keep Akin in the race:
PPP is a Democratic polling company that partners with the leftist outfit The Daily Kos. Typically, it’s polls do not significantly over-sample Republicans. I suspect this one did for the purpose of providing encouragement to Akin to stay in the race.
The Democrats have already done what they can to boost Akin. During the primary, theyreportedly spent more than $1 million in advertising designed to help Akin defeat his two more electable rivals.