Poll: Missourians Say Akin Should Quit Senate Race

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August 20, 2012 7:54 p.m.

Missourians widely disapprove of Rep. Todd Akin’s remarks about “legitimate rape” and false claims that rape victims cannot get pregnant — which have led virtually the whole Republican Party to call for him to drop out of the U.S. Senate race — according to a new poll Monday night from SurveyUSA.

The robocall played actual audio of Akin’s comment, then asked respondents whether it reflected their views: 13 percent yes, 76 percent said no.

In a follow-up question, only 35 percent said Akin should continue to run for U.S. Senate, compared with 54 percent who said he should drop out. Among Republicans, 52 percent said he should stay in the race; 33 percent said he should drop out.

The poll did not appear to include a match-up against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. A separate poll released Monday night from Public Policy Polling found Akin still edging McCaskill by a 1-point margin.

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