Poll Claims Todd Akin Has Re-Taken Lead on Claire McCaskill

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 29, 2012   |   11:18AM   |   Washington, DC

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.