No convention bounce for Romney: Polls

2012-09-04 10:00
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. (AP, File)

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. (AP, File)

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Washington - The Republican National Convention has so far failed to deliver its traditional bounce to the party's presidential nominee Mitt Romney, according to new polling data released on Monday.

Gallup daily tracking polls, conducted Friday - the day after the convention - and Saturday found little changed in the deadlocked race between Romney and President Barack Obama, who is seeking re-election in November.

Obama, who will be giving his acceptance speech at this week's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Thursday, led Romney by 47% to 46% in Gallup's latest daily tracking poll.

Party nominees usually see their support numbers jump following national political conventions.

Forty percent of adult respondents said the Republican gathering had made them more likely to vote for Romney in November's election, but a similar 38% said events in Florida made them less likely to back him.

That creates what Gallup calls a "net impact" of just 2%.

In 2008, Republican nominee John McCain had a net impact of +5, while George W Bush got +3 in 2004. Romney's net impact was the lowest for any convention of either party since Gallup began asking the question in 1988.

Romney's acceptance speech in Tampa received a lukewarm response.

Only 38% of Americans said his address was good or excellent - the lowest level of support given to any of the acceptance speeches at conventions since Republicans nominated Bob Dole in 1996.

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