Mitt Romney gets little or no convention bounce, polls indicate
Mitt Romney appears to have gotten little or no bounce from last week’s Republican National Convention, according to new polling.
A Reuters/Ipsos poll released Sunday showed Romney erased a 4-point deficit during his convention and is now tied with President Obama at 45 percent.
But Gallup’s daily tracking poll on Sunday showed Romney had lost 2 points to the president, since the start of the GOP convention, and a separate Gallup poll published on Monday revealed voters’ lukewarm reactions to the convention and Romney’s performance in Tampa.
Overall, 40 percent of voters said the convention made them more likely to vote for Romney; 38 percent said it made them less likely. The 2-point net positive convention rating was similar to that of recent Republican conventions -- 5 points in 2008 and 3 points in 2004 -- but was the lowest since Gallup began measuring convention bounces in 1984.
Among independents, 36 percent said they are more likely to cast ballots for Romney, and 33 percent said they are less likely.
The Gallup survey also showed Romney’s nomination acceptance speech received low marks, compared to other recent convention addresses. Only 38 percent of voters rated Romney’s speech as “good” or “excellent.” Since Gallup started tracking voters’ responses to nomination speeches in 1996, five of the other seven nominees have received positive ratings from majorities of voters, and the previous low was 47 percent for John McCain’s address in 2008.
The Gallup poll was conducted between Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 and included 1,045 adults. The margin of error was 4 percentage points.Callum Borchers can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @callumborchers.