Team Romney calls surveys showing Obama bounce a 'sugar high'
September 10th, 2012
12:40 PM ET
7 years ago

Team Romney calls surveys showing Obama bounce a 'sugar high'

Washington (CNN) – Polling that indicates a post-convention bounce for President Barack Obama is merely a "sugar high" that will dissipate by the time voters head to the voting booths on Election Day, Mitt Romney's chief pollster wrote in a memo Monday.

"Don't get too worked up about the latest polling," Neil Newhouse wrote, the day after Gallup's Daily Tracking Poll, along with some other surveys, indicated that Obama received a "bounce" after last week's Democratic National Convention. The Gallup poll showed the president opening a five point margin over Romney, and was conducted September 2-8, a time window that included the entirety of the convention in Charlotte, North Carolina-as well as two days before and two days after the event.

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In his memo, Newhouse reiterated the Romney campaign's longstanding position that a persistently weak economy would outweigh other factors leading up to November's general election.

"The reality of the Obama economy will reassert itself as the ultimate downfall of the Obama Presidency, and Mitt Romney will win this race," Newhouse wrote. He went on to cite disappointing Labor Department figures, released Friday, that showed a job market struggling to rebound.

"President Obama is the only president in modern American history to stand before the American people asking for re-election with this many Americans struggling to find work," Newhouse wrote. "The key numbers in this election are the 43 straight months of 8% or higher unemployment, the 23 million Americans struggling to find work, and the 47 million Americans who are on food stamps."

In an attempt to quell worry among Romney supporters, Newhouse pointed to an expanded map of states the campaign regards as competitive, including Wisconsin and New Mexico. He also cited the Romney campaign's sizable financial advantage over the Democrats.

"All of this is not possible without resources, and the Romney-Ryan campaign and the Republican Party have a real advantage," Newhouse wrote. While the Obama effort revealed Monday they had out-raised Romney and the GOP in August, the Republicans retain their cash-on-hand advantage after months of out-fundraising Democrats.

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soundoff (75 Responses)

    Keep telling yourself that lie Willard. When you lose in a landslide, don't be shocked. Your convention was full of Obama bashing and did not mention Afghanistan once, whereas at the DNC, it focused on policy. Blame your convention platform and yourself for the President's bounce.

    September 10, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. v_mag

    Give me some sugar, Mittler. Right back here.

    September 10, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. teej


    September 10, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Expat American

    The concession speech I’m looking forward to is not even Romney’s. It is Ryan’s.

    September 10, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. jen

    This has been the Romney camps problem all along. They are clueless to reality and brush everything off. Who are Romneys advisors?? They should have all been fired a while back. Romney most likely will lose this election and he has no one to blame , but his own campaign.

    September 10, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. Bill

    Keep telling yourself that Mittens. I can only imagine the gloating going on if Romney were up by five points. Bottom line, with less than 60 days until election, being down by 5 points is not where you want to be. Obama is headed up and Mittens is either static or losing ground. The math works against him – he needs to run the table in all 8 or nine swing states and that will not happen.

    September 10, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. 1twinsfan

    The more passe Romney's team tries to sound, the more panicked they are behind the scenes.

    September 10, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    "All of this is not possible without resources, and the Romney-Ryan campaign and the Republican Party have a real advantage," Newhouse wrote."

    Not sure what he is talking about, but I agree that Dems ought not to let up on getting people to the polls. Better safe than sorry is my motto.

    September 10, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. Amnesia 101

    Sugar high or to be trickled down on w/ nothing but crap??? Give me the sugar.

    September 10, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |

    A sugar high?
    What do you call that meager bounce in the polls Romney got after the RNC?
    I want to take this opportunity to point out that the Democratic National Convention was JUST GREAT
    It was SO much better than the RNC

    September 10, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. v_mag

    "President Obama is the only president in modern American history to stand before the American people asking for re-election with this many Americans struggling to find work," Newhouse wrote.
    This sounds wrong, although I haven't verified it. Franklin Roosevelt was elected 3 times, and I'm pretty sure his unemployment numbers were worse in all 3 elections. After all, it was the Great Depression. Or maybe the Repugnants' memories are so short that they don't remember the Great Depression. That could be correct, since they don't remember that it was Bush/Cheney who pushed us into the current economic mess.

    September 10, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. linda

    Both Romney and Ryan are all over the place....where do they stand? Ryan voted for the deep cuts in the millitary and now that Romney says it was the wrong thing to do, Ryan is blamiing Obama. Romney said he was going to do away with Obamacare now he says he's not going to gut it just tweek it a bit....Ryan's speeches don't even reflect the way he voted in the House and he continues to lie about what his budget will do to Medicare......come on....stay tuned in folks they change from one hour to the next as to what they stand for what they will do what they won't do......Romney can't even give us what loopholes he's going to cut .....they just keep pounding the pavemnet about the low job report....when even every economist has said that even Romney won't be able to get the unemployment going faster....if you think you are going to get a job in the next 3 to 4 years any faster with Romney you are going to be very disappointed........

    September 10, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. Woman In California

    Well, since you see the president's poll numbers as a "sugar high", I'll tell you how I see Willard's presidency:

    I see it the way he saw his father marching alongside MLK, IT DIDN'T HAPPEN and neither will a presidency under your candidate.

    September 10, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Al

    Can mittens stick to a position for 24hrs without changing it? I was against OBAMACARE before i was for it.

    September 10, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. Terry

    These polls are conducted and stacked by people who want Obama to win period. The DOJ and Axlerod have a lawsuit against Gallup because they don't like the way they are conducting their poll. Nothing like a little threat to get those extra percentage points.
    Just remember Chik-Fil-A. Hundreds of thousands of people across the country showed up in support. What do you think is going to happen on Nov. 6th????? This administration stands for nothing but devisiveness. They have our country on the brink of disaster and are playing a game of smoke and mirrors.

    September 10, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. sayer

    It's way better than the BS he's feeding us.

    September 10, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. CVCT

    My vote is going to Romney/Ryan 2012. Watched both conventions and definitely felt the DNC was nothing more than a bash fest. Saw nothing new from Team Obama on how to fix the economy and/or a very divided America!

    September 10, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  18. Skip Glanz

    If Obama's point jump is a sugar high, what was Mitt's. It looks like if the President had a sugar high, Mitt had a sugar free bump. Spin all you want, some voters actually pay attention. Unfortunately not all of them do and they are swayed by the bs, if not you would be without a purpose.

    September 10, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. lolo

    Yea in your dreams Mr. Newhouse. Are you republicans even on the same planet with the rest of America? Mitten's the kittens has no mind of his own. It is clear that this man is not a politician. Lord knows how he survived in his business dealings, but I guess using under handed tactics really do take you further along in life. He only wants to be president because that is a lifelong dream of his and his wife's and they will have to pay to the piper(Republicans/TParty) if they get him in the oval office. That is it and that is all. Have you ever send a presidential candidate like Romney. Go back and look at the tape with him and Ted Kennedy debating you will see that he was flip-flopping then like he is flip-flopping now. Thank God he has money, because if Ann knew then what she knows now she would have never married this man. He is such a wimp.

    September 10, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. Baffled


    The RNC was a frigging disaster which the conservative religious zealots made worse by unvieling a nightmare of a platform and for good measure had that old fool Eastwood ranting at an empty chair(which got more comments than you or Ann) & you are still wondering why you didn't get a bounce??

    Hey, Mittens you want some cheese with that whine??

    September 10, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. "FORWARD" where..?

    The D-Convention with all those speeches...speaker afer speaker all fired-up with "Deliberated Reidicule Sarcasm" but without a word or call for Unity...attack after attack on the terrible Republicans..but without any specifics or plans to back their slogan "FORWARD" Pres Obama not done yet in his"FIRST' but promises to do it in his "SECOND"......IF????
    Contrary to the Dems Claim....Republicans always had plans going way back...LINCOLN ended slavery...Eisenhower ended segregation...Regan (with Gorbachev's collaboration) ended the cold war....and yes Ryan had a budget-plan in Congress...for the better of worth..which the Dems love to put asunder "WHY"? because the never presented a budget of their own..just attacks....Romney no matter how hard the Dems spin-it never adopted a Ryan-budget..get it!! all Romney did ask Ryan to join his GOP-ticket Romney Is the Presidential candidate who will formulate a"Grand Plan" perhaps in concert with Ryan to put America on the path to a real Recovery...The Romney/Ryan campaign most likely will release the specifics in due course at the right time and place...

    September 10, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. Bruce

    I heard some republicans say that their number one job is to see that Obama is not re-elected. Guess what...this does not mean that if he is re-elected that they won't support hime. They don't want this economy in the tank no more than anyone else. It's just they don't want the economy to bounce back any faster, only because of self preservation. You see, they'll see the light and want to step in a help bring back the jobs and economy once he's re-elected. Hear me out...the way I see it is that the Repugs will not survive in 2016 if they stay on the path that they are on. So once Obama is elected to a new term, they'll come to the table...just like they did when Clinton was re-elected. Therefore, my independent friends, vote for Obama, that's what's in your heart anyway. Mitt Romney abandonded the middle when he had to take a hard right turn to please the TeaParty. He's a follower...not a leader.

    September 10, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  23. Elizabeth

    Keep telling yourself that Mitt. Reality will hit you in Nov.

    September 10, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  24. linda

    I stopped listening to Romney the day he picked Ryan for his running mate......Obama 2012

    September 10, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. anonoymous

    Sugar high? naw the people know what they want. mr romney and mr ryan need to realize that we the people are not stupid. when only the supporters you have are billionaires if makes us regular wonder. OBAMA 2012 THE ONLY SANE CHOICE

    September 10, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
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