In Missouri: 54% Call For Akin to Quit Bid for U.S. Senate; 76% Do Not Share His Views on Rape and Abortion
By 5:3, Missourians say Congressman Todd Akin, a Republican running for U.S. Senate against incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill, should drop out of the race, following comments about rape and abortion made public 08/19/12, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted 08/20/12 for KSDK-TV in St. Louis, and KSPR-TV and KYTV-TV in Springfield MO.
54% statewide, including a majority of men and women, and a majority of those in 4 of the state’s 5 regions, say Akin should quit the race and allow another Republican to run in his place. 35% say Akin should continue his bid to unseat McCaskill. A large majority, 76%, do not share Akin’s views on rape and pregnancy. But it is important to note that 13% do share his views, including 16% of pro-life voters, 19% of conservatives and 24% of African Americans. Akin says that he mis-spoke. But 55% in Missouri don’t buy it.
Missourians are conflicted about whether Akin’s views are widely held. Just 14% say Akin’s views are shared by “most men”; but 24% say Akin’s views are shared by “most Republicans.”
A SurveyUSA poll completed 08/12/12 for these same media clients had challenger Akin 11 points ahead of incumbent McCaskill.
Cell-phone and home-phone respondents were included in this research. SurveyUSA interviewed 500 state of Missouri adults 08/20/12, after comments made by Todd Akin were made public on 08/19/12. This research was conducted with multi-media, blended sample, mixed mode. Respondents not reachable on a home telephone (24% of adults) were shown, on their smartphone or other electronic device this video of Akin speaking. Respondents reachable on a home telephone (76% of adults), interviewed on their home telephone in the recorded voice of a professional announcer, heard the audio portion of the above video clip. Caution: Public reaction to fast-moving news events can and does change as new facts emerge. At the time these interviews were conducted, many were denouncing Akin, some were calling for Akin to step down, but Akin had not stepped down at the time of release.