When I checked my email, I saw a note from my old pal Gabriel Joseph who runs ccAdvertising. He’s in Tampa now as well. Gabe ran the computer systems on the 1984 Reagan-Bush campaign. He’s a technology guru whose company developed an automated calling system that uses unique interactive techonology to conduct personalized telephone surveys and messaging.
The company is able to do polls in target states fairly quickly using the Landline Network and Mobile Phone Channels. In Missouri, they tested the popularity of Rep. Todd Akin (the Republican being asked to step down due to unsavory comments on rape) and the sitting U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat.
The company also tested Presidential popularity of Mitt Romney vs. President Barack Obama. The survey ran August 21, 2012, with 1,694 respondents.
The results show Democrat McCaskill beating Republican Akin 42% to 39% with 19% undecided. That is a clear shift left from past polls.
In contrast, Mitt Romney leads Barack Obama in Missouri by a stunning 10 points – 48% to 38% with 14% undecided.
Demographically, of all respondents who participated in surveys conducted August 21:
• 76.72% are registered to vote.
• 39.80% are Republican.
• 28.78% are Democrat.
• 31.42% are Independent.
• 30.08% are supporters of the Tea Party.
• 85.07% are concerned about the high prices of gasoline.
• 56.91% believe that the national news media supports President Obama.
• 37.47% feel that they are better off now than they were four years ago.
• 84.80% are anti-tax.
• 13.28% speak Spanish.
• 63.78% are pro-life.
• 63.54% are traditional marriage supporters.
• 71.16% support gun owners’ rights.
• 47.33% use Facebook.
• 10.56% use Twitter.
• 45.29% are male.
• 97.30% are 18 years of age or older.
• 65.94% are 50 years of age or older.
You can see the breakdown of the survey 2012 results here.
Missouri’s U.S. Senate race is critical if Republicans wish to take the U.S. Senate majority. Party leaders across the board including Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have asked Akin to step aside due to his controversial statements.
The national media likes to play up the rift between economic conservatives and social conservatives in the Republican Party.
The truth is these battles have been waging since way before 1984 when Gabe Joseph and I served on the 1984 Reagan campaign.
What matters is the plan Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan come up with to unite pro-jobs Republicans, Independents, and Democrats. They will present their case for a brighter future in a time of economic uncertainty next week, right here in Tampa.
Congressman Akin blames a liberal media and elitist party bosses, yet even conservative personalities in the media like Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh have suggested he exit the U.S. Senate race.
Akin will continue to be viewed by the media and a majority of women in this country as a poster child for extremism. While he has apologized for his comments about pregnancy and rape, the damage is done in a way that cannot be undone.
Women should be proud of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan for standing up for what’s right.