Poll: Akin, McCaskill locked in statistical dead heat

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by Daniel Mueller / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on October 26, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 5:27 AM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- A new poll shows the Missouri Senate race is too close to predict a winner.

The News 4, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Kansas City Star poll shows Senator Claire McCaskill with a 2 percent lead over Congressman Todd Akin, at 45 and 43 percent, respectively.

With a margin of error at plus or minus four points, and eight percent still undecided, the two remain in a statistical dead heat.

The poll, conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, surveyed 625 registered Missouri voters via telephone.

A few interesting numbers from the poll:

- McCaskill leads Akin 53 percent to 35 percent among voters age 18-34.

- Akin leads McCaskill 42 percent to 36 percent among independents who have made up their minds.

- Akin's comments on rape were rated "Very Important" or "Somewhat Important" by 53 percent of voters, and "Not Too Important" or "Not At All Important" by 44 percent of voters.

- Economy & Jobs was rated the most important factor for 42 percent of voters, compared to Healthcare & Medicine (21 percent), Religious & Social Issues (11 percent), Women's Issues (10 percent), party affililation (8 percent), and National Security & Terrorism (4 percent).

Click here to download and view full poll results.

Look for more in-depth coverage in Sunday's Post-Dispatch.

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