Rasmussen released a poll today of five hundred likely Missouri voters interviewed on August 22nd. The margin of error is 4.5%.
Missouri Survey of 500 Likely Voters
Conducted August 22, 2012
By Rasmussen Reports
*Please note that we split the survey to rotate the order of the candidates, so while half will hear the Republican first, the other half hears the Democrat mentioned first.
1* If the 2012 election for U.S. Senate were held today, would you vote for Republican Todd Akin or Democrat Claire McCaskill?
Todd Akin – 38%
Claire McCaskill – 48%
Some Other Candidate – 9%
Not Sure – 5%
4* Should Akin withdraw from the campaign and have the Republicans select another candidate to run against Senator Claire McCaskill?
Yes – 41%
No – 42%
Not sure – 17%
7* Do you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable impression of Medicare?
Very favorable – 21%
Somewhat favorable – 39%
Somewhat unfavorable – 25%
Very unfavorable – 10%
Not sure – 5%
The first and fourth questions might explain this.
Then again, this is a is Rasmussen poll. That can be no comfort to republicans.