Weird conspiracy theory: Libs cook up fake poll to make GOP wingnut look like a viable candidate

At this writing, Rep. Todd Akin (above) REMAINS the Republican challenger to incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri — despite pressure from certain GOP leaders for him to get out of race in the wake of his now-infamous remarks about “legitimate rape.”

And in a strange turn of events, right-wing blogger Paul Mirengoff, among others, is SUGGESTING that a bogus poll conducted by a Democratic outfit has encouraged Akin to hang tough:

A PPP poll, taken after Todd Akin’s infamous comment about rape, puts him in a virtual tie with Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in the Missouri Senate race. According to that poll, Akin leads McCaskill by 44-43. That’s the same margin by which he led the Senator in PPP’s most recent previous poll, which found Akin ahead by 45-44.

Akin can cite this poll as a reason to remain in the race. After all, it purports to show that his offensive comment hasn’t changed the race at all.

Unfortunately, that finding is absurd. Moreover, it comes from a flawed poll. As Ed Morrissey points out, PPP significantly oversampled Republicans. Republicans made up 39 percent of those surveyed; Democrats were only 30 percent. Ed notes that even in the 2010 election, exit polls showed the GOP with only a 37-34 percent advantage.

PPP is a Democratic polling company that partners with the leftist outfit The Daily Kos. Typically, it’s polls do not significantly oversample Republicans.




  1. Then I applaud them on their ingenuity. Repugs have been playing dirty for years…remember the Forrest Gump like Dem candidate in SC the GOP secretly propped up, and which became widely known to be a sham? Dems have fimally learned they have to fight filth with filth, and that there is no high road when dealing with the Republican, Lee Atwater taught masters of political slime.

  2. Neftali

    It is, at a minimum, highly suspect. Its very rare for Republicans to have such a large sample. I’d like to see a other polling organizations give a similar crack at it.

    Not that it matters. Akin took advice from the worst possible person in Huckabee, who in his own campaign 2008 didn’t know when to drop out either. Christine O’Donnell and Sharron Angle look like geniuses compared to this idiot.

  3. This man may be an idiot, but Steve King is a close second. He’s never heard about teens getting pregnant from statutory rape or incest.

  4. Bad science meets bad comb over.

  5. Neftali

    Interesting tweet from pollster guru Nate Silver:

    “I[f] Akin tried to withdraw after today, he’d have to go to court. But FWIW, 4 of 6 judges on Mo. Supreme Court were appointed by Democrats.


    We’re so screwed. The Republicans handled this all wrong. They should have sent Ted Nugent and Dick Cheney to “talk” to Akin and “convince” him to quit.

  6. Neftali: I suspect that Todd Akin, a military veteran, would kick ass on the lily-livered, chicken-hawk draft dodgers Nugent and Cheney.

  7. Neftali

    Biased right wing firm Rasmussen just released their latest Missouri poll. McCaskill 48, Akin … 38. Three weeks before the primary, Akin was ahead, 47/44. This of course, raises further questions as to the validity of the PPP numbers.


  8. Neftali: What about the possibility that Scott Rasmussen cooked his poll numbers to lend support to the GOP establishment in its bid to get Akin off the ticket?

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