WINTER SPRINGS, Florida—Residents in Missouri are statistically tied in the debate over whether Congressman Todd Akin should withdraw from the upcoming race against Democrat Claire McCaskill, according to a new survey conducted by Gravis Marketing, Inc. With a scant 1.5 percent margin separating the two sides, it is no surprise the split primarily follows party affiliation.
Some Party Leaders are Calling for Akin to Step Aside
Congressman Akin recently made a comment that he thought there were natural responses that a woman’s body could use to prevent pregnancy during a “real” rape. In light of his statement, Gravis Marketing surveyed Missouri residents to find out if they think that Akin should drop out of the upcoming senate race. The 2012 race for the White House is expected to be a tight competition this fall. Hoping to capture more senate seats, party leaders do not want to take any chances and some are asking Akin to step aside, hoping to improve chances for a victory.
Of the respondents polled, 80 percent disagreed with his statement. Asked whether he should resign, the polls were split fairly evenly.
- 41.6 percent said he should resign.
- 42.4 percent said he should not resign
- 47 percent of Democrats said he should resign
- 37 percent of Republicans said he should resign.
Missouri Favors Romney for President
Polling the same likely Missouri voters, the survey asked which presidential candidate they would vote for if the election were held today. Romney led President Obama by a sizable margin, 53.1 percent to 36.1 percent. Considered a swing state in past elections, Missouri seems to be turning toward a Republican state status. Bush was the victor in two consecutive presidential elections, John McCain beat out Obama in the 2008 campaign and Romney is leading with a double digit advantage today.
Doug Kaplan, President of Gravis Marketing, issued an executive statement summarizing the data gathered and a complete listing of the questions asked. For press inquiries regarding political polls, contact Doug at 407-242-1870 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Polling was conducted using an automated call system to reach likely voters in Missouri by telephone. This poll has a margin of error of 3.4 percent.