The 1% point number is where it STOOD 24 hours into the time time the media got the Rep Todd Akin (R-Mo) story…..
The comments have NOT changed the numbers from the PPP May survey….
I expect a drop in Akin’s poll number in the NEXT 24 hours as a result of his GOP money being pulled and every prominent Republican walking AWAY from his comments
on rape and abortion….
Akin’s Approval numbers ARE taking a hit though in the state…
He’s at 24%….
The next week will be critical Rep Akin , who has up to the while I typing this has steafastly REFUSED to drop out of the US Senate race in the state…
That’s because PPP thinks GOP voters ‘hate’ McCaskill so much, Akin’s comments STILL won’t break them loose…
Akin 44 McCaskill 43
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.
It’s not that Missouri voters are ok with or supportive of Akin’s comments. 75% of voters, including even 64% of Republicans, say they were inappropriate to only 9% who consider them to have been appropriate. 79% of voters say they disagree with what Akin said, including 65% who express ‘strong’ disagreement with him. 51% of GOP voters say they strongly disagree with him.
All of that is taking a toll on Akin’s image. Only 24% of voters have a favorable opinion of him to 58% with a negative one. He’s pretty universally disliked by Democrats (3/85) and independents (21/61) and even with Republicans (43/34) he’s on only narrowly positive ground.
But for all of that the overall numbers in the race have moved very little. When we polled in May McCaskill was getting only 8% of the Republican vote, and even with the controversy around Akin she’s only pushed up to 10% of it. GOP voters dislike McCaskill so much they’re not going to vote for her no matter what their nominee does. Independent voters haven’t moved at all either. In May they supported Akin 45-41, and even though they don’t like him on tonight’s poll we still found him leading 45-41 with them.