McCaskill's Missouri shows the largest divide in surveys done by the Democratically friendly Public Policy Polling, especially on Medicare. When asked, "In order to reduce the national debt, would you support or oppose cutting spending on Medicare, which is the government health insurance program for the elderly?" just 19 percent of respondents said they would, while an overwhelming 77 percent said they would oppose cuts.And similarly with Social Security:
In order to reduce the national debt, would you support or oppose cutting spending on Social Security, which is the retirement program for the elderly?The problem for Republicans? Here's Fired Up Missouri on the candidate most likely to survive the GOP primary:
Ohio: 16% support, 80% oppose
Missouri: 17% support, 76% oppose
Montana: 20% support, 76% oppose
Minnesota: 23% support, 72% oppose
Akin proudly endorses the GOP plan to phase out Medicare as we know it. "I had the privilege of being part of the process of crafting this budget," he bragged to constituents last month.So if 77% of Missourians oppose cuts to Medicare, and Todd Akin helped craft a budget that tries to get rid of Medicare, it seems pretty clear to me which message Senator McCaskill should be pushing.