With no precise agenda presented to the nation in the final night of the convention, other than the simple lines that Mitt Romney used endlessly during the primary debates (yup, I watched all of those and can almost repeat the trite phrasing) comes polling news that should not surprise anyone.
Mitt Romney did not get a bounce out of last weeks’ Republican National Convention.
There should have been more meat on the bone from the nominee. Details of where the candidate wanted to take the nation should have been on the agenda.
The reason, of course, that no such plans could be exposed as they are so draconian and dreadful that it would have made the election all but over before September even began.
So instead of making a detailed speech Mitt Romney opted to try to warm the nation to who he is as a person. That ship sailed a long time ago, as the public is not liking him, or finding any warmth to his personality at all.
The early polling all show a flat and dismal result to the millions of dollars that the Republicans invested into their convention.
We might recall that Romney advisers predicted that Romney may gain as much as 11 points in the polls once he was “re-introduced” to the public. I can assure my readers that if there is one statement the Romney campaign wishes they could retract it would be that one!
The poll from Reuters/Ipsos has bad post-convention numbers for Romney. According to the Reuters poll President Obama currently leads Romney 44 percent to 43 percent. The Reuters poll was specifically designed to measure a potential Romney bump by polling respondents each day of the convention season. Reuters initially had Romney gaining one point on Friday and 2 points on Thursday, but Romney’s bump has now entirely disappeared according to the Reuters data.
The last poll from Gallup also shows no real help for Romney from the RNC. The Gallup poll shows President Obama leading 47 percent to 46 percent for Romney. To be fair, Gallup’s poll may not include all of a Romney bump since Gallup uses a seven-day tracking poll, and therefore includes many responses before or during the Republican National Convention. Still, at the beginning of the Republican National Convention Gallup had Romney with a one-point lead on Obama, so according to their data Romney actually lost ground to Obama during the convention.