(NEW YORK) — In spite of the controversy surrounding Missouri Congressman Todd Akin because of remarks he made about women not becoming pregnant after a “legitimate rape,” he still leads Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill in the race for her U.S. Senate seat.
A new poll from Public Policy Polling (PPP) taken 24 hours after his statements finds Akin leading McCaskill, 44 percent to 43 percent, which might explain the reluctance of the Republican to drop out of the race even after pressure is mounting by GOP leaders for him to do just that.
The survey’s results differ little from a PPP survey in May that showed Akin leading the incumbent, 45 percent to 44 percent.
Other state polls that were taken before Akin’s statements last week have him with a more comfortable advantage over McCaskill.
While 75 percent of respondents in the latest PPP poll say that Akin’s views on rape were inappropriate, the percentage of Republicans who said they will vote for him is virtually unchanged.
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