monitoring here the past few days the daily Gallup tracking polls, which have shown no apparent "bump" for Romney in the polls since the RNC started and concluded. But some partisans, and pundits, have warned that this bounce would show up when the full week's impact was measured. Well, Gallup just did that this morning, looking at its polls from just the past three days, and guess what: still no bounce (and now the DNC is here). In the key survey of whether voters were now more or less likely to vote for Romney he showed little progress, if any.
And: "Romney's acceptance speech this year scored low by comparison to previous convention speeches going back to 1996. Thirty-eight percent of Americans rated the speech as excellent or good, while 16% rated it as poor or terrible. The 38% who rated the speech as excellent or good is the lowest rating of any of the eight speeches Gallup has tested since Bob Dole's GOP acceptance speech in 1996." Also: self-reported viewership of convention was second-lowest ever.
UPDATE New Reuters-Ipsos poll taken Sunday found the race dead-even--and, bad news for Romney, the DNC now begins and will likely boost Obama some. The poll found only very small gain for Romney from his convention week, or weak.
Monday, September 3, 2012
Gallup: Romney's Convention Speech Had Lowest Impact Ever
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