This is a non-partisan comparison of the policies and political positions of Claire McCaskill (Democrat) and Todd Akin (Republican), candidates for U.S. Senate from Missouri.

Result: McCaskill defeated Todd Akin to win the election.


Comparison chart

Claire McCaskill versus Todd Akin comparison chart
Edit this comparison chartClaire McCaskillTodd Akin
  • current rating is 3.33/5
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Claire McCaskillTodd Akin
Political Party Democrat Republican
Date of Birth July 24, 1953 July 5, 1947
Budget Supports spending caps Supports spending cuts and
Taxes Policy Extended tax cuts for small businesses and US workers. Increase tax rates for those earning over $1 million. Make Bush tax cuts permanent; cut corporate taxes.
Social Security Supports Wants to privatize social security
Healthcare Aims to expand health insurance coverage to all Missourians. Opposes the "Obamacare" legislation.
Medicare Opposes changes to Medicare Supports Paul Ryan's plan for converting Medicare into a voucher-based program.
Abortion Supports Roe v. Wade Opposes Roe v. Wade and wants to abolish access to abortion with some exceptions.
Gay Rights Opposes gay marriage Opposes gay marriage
Immigration Supports crackdown on hiring of illegal immigrants. Supports crackdown on hiring of illegal immigrants.
Education Supports additional federal funding for schools. On student loans, McCaskill has said she supports the federal government "cutting out the middleman" and lending directly to students instead of guaranteeing loans made by banks. Supports more state control for school funds (for example lunches). Opposes the federal government making student loans directly.
Women’s Rights Supports Planned Parenthood, free contraception and health screenings. Wants to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Opposes contraceptives being covered. Landed in hot water with "legitimate rape" comment.
Gun Control Opposes Opposes
Religion Roman Catholic Presbyterianism
Years of service N/A 1972–1980 (United States Army Corps of Engineers)

Recent News

Akin vs. McCaskill in Opinion Polls

Akin was leading McCaskill in opinion polls until the "legitimate rape" controversy erupted over his remarks that victims of "legitimate rape" rarely became pregnant.

Poll source Date(s)
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Claire McCaskill (D) Todd Akin (R)
Rasmussen Reports October 3, 2012 51% 45%
Public Policy Polling October 1-3, 2012 46% 40%
Kiley & Company September 30, 2012 50% 41%
Wenzel Strategies September 10-11, 2012 43% 48%
Rasmussen Reports September 11, 2012 49% 43%
Public Policy Polling August 28-29, 2012 45% 44%
Wenzel Strategies August 27-28, 2012 42% 45%
Mason-Dixon August 22-23, 2012 50% 41%
Rasmussen Reports August 22, 2012 48% 38%
Public Policy Polling August 20, 2012 43% 44%
Survey USA August 9-12, 2012 40% 51%
Chilenski Strategies/Missouri Scout August 8, 2012 47% 48%
Rasmussen Reports July 30, 2012 44% 47%
Mason-Dixon July 23-25, 2012 44% 49%
Rasmussen Reports June 7, 2012 42% 50%
Public Policy Polling May 24-27, 2012 44% 45%
Rasmussen Reports April 17, 2012 43% 48%
Rasmussen Reports March 14-15, 2012 43% 50%
Public Policy Polling January 27-29, 2012 43% 43%

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