ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- A new poll report released Thursday morning shows Todd Akin trailing Claire McCaskill by 10 points just days after comments he made regarding rape.
The Rasmussen poll shows Senator McCaskill with 48 percent and Akin with 38 percent. The new numbers show a big swing from the last Rasmussen poll on July 30 that had Akin ahead by three points.
The poll surveyed 500 likely voters on Wednesday, three days after Akin’s comments about pregnancy and “legitimate” rape during a TV interview.
Of those who responded to the poll, 47 percent said they now have a very unfavorable view of Akin. However, when asked if Akin should drop out of the race, 42 percent said no and 41 percent said yes.
Akin’s campaign on Thursday released a statement saying the results of the poll were not necessarily a negative.
“The fact that Claire McCaskill is only polling at 48 percent after 72 hours of constant negative attacks on Todd Akin shows just how weak she is,” wrote Perry Akin, Todd Akin's campaign manager. "If she can’t break 50 percent after a week like this, Democrats should ask Claire to step down. Todd is in this race to win; we will close this gap and win in November with the support of the grassroots in Missouri and across America.”
For more details and to read the survey questions, click here.
Since Akin’s controversial comments, presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and a handful of other GOP figures have called for Akin to exit the Senate race. Some supporters even pulled Akin’s funding.
On Tuesday, Akin released an apology video and later said he is in the race for the long haul. With funding depleted, he is currently trying to raise money by soliciting $5 donations on his website.