Poll: Did GOP convention change minds?
September 3rd, 2012
08:36 AM ET
2 years ago

Poll: Did GOP convention change minds?

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Americans are divided on whether last week's Republican Convention made them more likely to vote for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, according to a new national survey.

A Gallup poll released Monday morning indicates that four in ten adults say they are more likely to support Romney based on what they read or saw from last week's convention in Tampa, Florida, with 38% saying they are less likely to vote for the Republican challenger, and 22% saying they didn't know or the convention didn't make any difference to their vote.

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Among crucial independent voters, 36% say the Republican Convention made them more likely to vote for Romney, with 33% saying no and three in ten saying they didn't know or the convention didn't make a difference.

The numbers are very close to the reaction following the Republican convention four years ago in St. Paul, Minnesota, when Sen. John McCain of Arizona was nominated for president.

By a 43%-38% margin, Americans said they were more likely to vote for McCain because of the convention. As for the 2008 Democratic convention, which was held a week earlier in Denver, Colorado, Americans by a 43%-29% margin said they were more likely to vote for Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, the Democratic presidential nominee.

Thirty-eight percent of those questioned in the new survey said they thought Romney's Thursday night acceptance speech was excellent or good. That's down from the 47% who four years ago said McCain's speech was excellent or good and the 58% who said the same thing about Obama's address in 2008.

Gallup says that Romney's speech rated lower than any of the eight convention addresses they've tested since Bob Dole's acceptance speech at the 1996 GOP convention.

The Gallup poll was conducted August 31-September 1, entirely after the Republican convention. The survey was conducted by telephone, with 1,045 adults nationwide questioned. The poll's sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Polls • Republican National Convention
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. rla

    When people enter the voting booth they will not need speeches to know how to vote!!! The polls are about as accurate as those in the wisconsin recall election.... Romney in a landslide

    September 3, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Always, flip-flop....with Bain capital. Watch YouTube when mitt Romney came to town, enjoy.

    September 3, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  3. Bob Texas

    I am sure you will get some rants from the GOPers on this blog. The truth is the convention was a boring mess. His wife trying to sell we are poor students. He left out the fine people in the military and a crazy old man making rude jokes. But the best part is the way they all were stuck to a Teleprompter. Remember all the nasty telepromper comments????

    September 3, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  4. RNC's movie moment: 'Empty Chair vs. Warm Stool' featuring Batty Harry!

    Not according to Gallop, lowest approval rating since 1996?

    Sooooo, LAST century!

    Hehehe(sorry, please ignore me giggling with glee).

    September 3, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  5. Frank - Florida

    I'm proof. I am now voting for Romney.

    It is time for a change. It is time from someone with a strong business background. It s time for a President who will lead. FInally, it is time to get this country back on track! Obama has had 4 years and in my opinion, he has done nothing. My family is NO BETTER OFF than under Bush.

    September 3, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  6. Milton K. Wiah

    This is the man who did not mention anything about his accomplishment in MA as governor, did not say anything
    about how he is going to handle the war in Afghanastan. The only thing he thinks it is possible is creating jobs
    about 12 million, guess what is the number of people who are illegal and working, and when Mitt seeks
    those door to door and deport them then those 12 million jobs he talks will be vacant to Americans. Those are
    the jobs he promise you Americans to creat..

    September 3, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  7. joan

    So basically this articale is saying that the millions of dollars spent on the campaign has really done nothing to change people's minds. What a collossal waste of money. We need campaign reform so bad it stinks. The last reform did nothing but create new loopholes and it seems that the special pacs or whatever they are called have even more secracy than ever before. Amercians are really losing whatever meager control of their vote they had mroe and mroe each year. The word democracy is becoming very hollow. I fear apathy more than anything else. People need to get out and vote!!!!!!!!

    September 3, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  8. Grinning Libber

    This was the peak for Mitt – all down hill from here.
    Actually the GOP chose him to be the loser long ago.
    The "real' candidates – if any – are waiting for 2016.
    Bad nuz Teapublicans – there will be even fewer old white male voters in 2016.

    September 3, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  9. Grinning Libber

    This was the peak for Mitt – all down hill from here.
    Actually the GOP chose him to be the l o s e r long ago.
    The "real' candidates – if any – are waiting for 2016.
    Bad nuz Teapublicans – there will be even fewer old white male voters in 2016.

    September 3, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  10. Randy, San Francisco

    Romney's speech missed the mark because it was long on rhetoric and imagery and short on specifics. Ryan's speech was flawed because of the distortions and lies. The convention achieved its goal of making the candidates more likeable but fell far short in making a case for why people should vote for them.

    September 3, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  11. jesse james. take them to street and shoot them like the dogs they are

    You cannnot lie your way to be potus. Release the tax returns.

    September 3, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  12. JC

    99.9 percent of voters know who they are voting for even if they say they don't. The news, the candidates or political ads aren't going to change the minds. It really isn't about the candidate as much as political philosophy and that is a big divide.

    September 3, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  13. Sheri Lee

    Didn't change my mind, I saw an enpty suit as Clint Eastwood saw an Empty Chair.

    September 3, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  14. Daniel

    I think this election is going to come down to who do you trust more. The president or Mitt Romney, it is as simple as that. Who do you trust more America?

    September 3, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  15. PROUD FEMALE DEM IN NC

    Heck NO!. I'll never vote for this snake oi/used carl salesman. I doubt he could find Afghanistan on a map. Obama 2012!!!

    September 3, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  16. Tom from Canonsburg

    Not a chance. I realize that politicians, just like normal people, manipulate the facts to benefit themselves, but over the last 3 plus years I am offended by the level of this by the GOP candidates. I'm offended by the facts that in our hour of crisis these members of the American community would rather the nation fail than compromise in the smallest degree. They care not about the nation, only for the party.

    September 3, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  17. George1911

    No,still an Independent.

    September 3, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  18. Pete

    Did Romney and the extremist republican convention change my mind"NO" ,just cemented the fact of who they are and how many lies or liars it takes to get there!!When a little known show in HONEY BOO BOO is leading in the viewer ratings two nights in a row,one with Ryan,one with Romney both speaking you know you're in trouble..And you finish off with an icon in Clint Eastwood looking like a feeble minded old man talking to an empty chair stealing the show,there again you're in trouble and Clint did lose manys respect with his extreme ranting about the president than finishing off his act with a very public showing of what the president should do,cut his own throat,that just goes to show how disrespectful the right has been since day one of our first African-American president.So you sanctumonious republicans tune in Tuesday night and see how intelligent adults run a convention without throwing peanuts at African American camera people saying they're feeding the animals or just ranting insults about our president without giving any competent ideas about fixes to problems and nothing worth writting down,at least intelligent if that's possible.Just rantings from incompetent ,politically inept people who had lost their way,this candidate is much like you, he's lost but he's taking your money while doing it,now that's ignorence beyond belief the blind leading the blind,how pathedic!!

    September 3, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  19. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Poll: Did GOP convention change minds?◄
    Was it Before or After the "make my day" lines
    The Republicans took a whole week "introducing" Romney, trying to make him more 'likable'
    Nothing accomplished on policy making – our troops got a shaking – & the winning card was not passed under the table
    We got MORE of the same – the LYAN pains – the "Etch-A-Sketching games – More Flip-Flopping proclaims
    Now it’s our turn to rebut the Republicans LIES – State our policies that are wise
    Rebut the Republican’s Replies – Stand strong and remind America we’re still on the rise

    Yes We Can!!!
    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward and YES, We Know You Built That – We ALL Did!!!

    September 3, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  20. EPAB

    There is nothing on God's green earth that could get me to vote for Ryan.

    September 3, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  21. kim

    Polling 1,045 people out of 350 million is laughable at best. Statistics that weak should never be presented as legitimate information.

    September 3, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  22. griffbos

    and for 60 % of those polled the convention did no tmove them, it did nothing, while th eRNC is claiming it did move people,,,,just goes to show you how much my party out of touch has become.............

    September 3, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  23. Small Businessman

    Romney is toast. There might as well not be an election.

    September 3, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  24. enuff

    Wait... Romney had a speech? I thought it was all about Christie and Clint Eastwood.

    September 3, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  25. Charlie from the North

    It changed my mind completely. When the thing began I was totally for Barack Obama. Now I am also totally against Mitt Romney. Yep they made a believer out of me, I believe this year GOP is full of, well you know.....

    September 3, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
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