New poll: Missourians really don't like McCaskill
The Kansas City Star
I like Claire McCaskill: Stand-up politician, moderate to liberal Democrat, heart in right place, supporter of Obamacare.
Well, a new poll by Public Policy Polling shows they really, really must not like her.
How is it even humanly possible that - after Todd Akin’s inane remarks on rape - that the same percentage of independent voters who said in May they would vote for Akin on Monday said they would still vote for him!
The figures were in Akin’s favor, 45-41 percent, in both cases.
And overall, Akin still led McCaskill by a single point in the poll. Again, that was similar to the results from May.
(UPDATE: And here’s a conservative criticism of the PPP poll, claiming it’s being trumped up by Democrats to keep Akin in the race. Given McCaskill’s view on wanting to do that exact same thing, I can see how this conspiracy theory would take hold.)
Yes, we know the GOP voters hate McCaskill.
But as I noted to colleagues today, McCaskill has to hope that the swing voters in Missouri - the independents who actually try to have an open mind about some of these upper ticket races - will come out in November and support her over Akin.
So far, and granted it’s just one poll and a couple days into this monster news story, McCaskill hasn’t gained the kind of ground many of her supporters would have hoped for since the Akin blunder.
I know plenty of people who say, don’t worry, McCaskill will be fine. Missourians will come around to embrace her come election time, especially if Akin is still in the race.
I hope that’s true.
But I’m surprised by the lack of movement in the race’s poll, at least at this point, and I can only conclude that a lot of Missourians will try to find any reason they can not to vote for McCaskill.