Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) may not have been nationally known two weeks ago, but that's changed ever since he waded into controversial territory with his remarks about rape and abortion, a new poll released Tuesday shows.
The latest survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP), conducted on behalf of the Daily Kos and Service Employees International Union (SEIU), shows that 83 percent of registered voters nationwide are familiar with Akin's comments, compared with only 17 percent who are not. A nearly identical portion of respondents — 85 percent — say they disagree with Akin's assertion that so-called "legitimate rape" rarely leads to pregnancy, while a mere 4 percent agree.
Moreover, 75 percent of voters say they are opposed to a constitutional amendment that would ban all abortions, even in cases of rape, incest or wherein the life of the mother is threatened. Republicans in Tampa, Fla. last week adopted an abortion ban that made no such exceptions as a tenet to the party's platform.