John Westen


Akin regains lead in Missouri latest polling shows

John Westen

WASHINGTON, DC, August 29, 2012 ( – A poll of likely Missouri general election voters released this morning shows that, far from being out of the race, embattled Senate candidate Todd Akin has regained his lead over Senator Claire McCaskill by a 45% to 42% margin, with 13% undecided.

The survey conducted by Wenzel Strategies commissioned by Family Research Council Action also shows Akin leading by 10 points among independent voters.

“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,” said Wenzel Strategies pollster Fritz Wenzel.  “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.”

Wenzel also observed that “McCaskill holds a 58% lead over Akin among very liberal voters, but that pales compared to Akin’s 81% to 5% lead among very conservative voters in Missouri.”

Family Research Council Action PAC Chairman Tony Perkins was unequivocal in his support for Akin.  “Throughout his career, Todd Akin has consistently fought for legislation that honors marriage, human life, religious freedom, and national security,” he said.

“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.”

Perkins noted that McCaskill has supported taxpayer funding for abortion on demand. “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,” he said.

The Family Research Council telephone poll was conducted by Wenzel Strategies from Aug. 27 to Aug. 28, testing 829 voters for a margin of error of plus or minus 3.38 percent. The sample was 32.7 percent Democrats, 34.1 percent Republicans and 33.2 percent independents.