Team Romney calls surveys showing Obama bounce a 'sugar high'
September 10th, 2012
12:40 PM ET
2 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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CNN will release a post-convention poll at 4 p.m. ET Monday, with the numbers debuting on CNN's "The Situation Room" and on the CNN Political Ticker.

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)
  1. Grahame Rhodes

    Give a man enough rope and he will hang himself. Got that Mitt? Oh by the way a question for ya.
    Where did all the jobs go? (Answer) You and others like you shipped them overseas.
    Question What are you going to do about it? (Answer) Nothing. Go away Mitt and take Ryan with you all you represent is a big fat Zero.

    On another note I see that Vagina State Republican Delegate Bob Marchall said in an interview that
    ( and I quote) "Children with disabilities are Gods punishment to woman who previously had an abortion." (close quote)

    Check it out. And these are the people including Paul Ryan who agrees with this sick nonsense. Go ahead vote Republican and lose all your freedoms including monetary ones. Mitt and company belong in the dark ages which is where you will be if you vote Republican.

    September 10, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. Khaleeshi

    My vote is for President Obama. Willard didn't get a bounce after he announced his running mate, Lyin Ryan, and he didn't get a bounce after the convention. No one can believe a word out of their mouths – they just can't tell the truth about anything. And after they saw President Obama's big bounce, Mitt the Twit is now for Obamacare! Republican heads must be exploding.

    September 10, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  3. pour some sugar on me

    mitt is sweet enough . . .

    September 10, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  4. Stand up

    If you look closer at how these polls were conducted the Romney camp is right. This looks a lot like the Carter Reagan race. When the pollsters do accurate polling at the end of the race to save reputation it will show a Romney advantage.

    September 10, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. andrew

    then how come romney didnt get a 'sugar high' after his convention?

    September 10, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. John

    The debates are the main way that Romney can make up ground...people have been immunized, to some degree, against all of the Obama bashing ads............Obama will hit Romney hard on his taxes, flip flopping, and specifics of how he will increase jobs. Romney will want Obama to answer for why unemployment is so stagnant for so long....May the best man win....

    September 10, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. ART

    Well it seems I must be permanently high, at least for the last 4 years and still counting anyway. Romney is like a bad trip with a hangover to match.

    September 10, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Well, once it is seen that there was very little in the way of new ideas from the GOP, it will be more than a bounce. I heard so much negativity from the GOP convention. There was less (only somewhat) negativity from the Democrats. The Democrats had some policy ideas.

    September 10, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. truth hurts

    yeah... nothing gets the lefties worked up more than booing God and throwing Israel under the bus, and then lying about it and holding a sham vote to reverse it.

    September 10, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. MTATL67

    True to form doesn't read the signs correctly. The inconsistency of this man are astounding. He is now against budget cuts (military). In this modern age were science fiction has become science fact our military budget is overblown. I read this morning that he is now for ACA (parts of ACA that are popular-typical). He will say anything if he thinks it wll help him win....NEW flash he'll never win.

    September 10, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. Sandy

    So if the bounce for Obama is a sugar high, can we assume the lack of a bounce for Romney is even worse than it looks? Or are all Republicans merely on a sugar-free diet?

    September 10, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  12. andrew

    I cannot wait to here the GOP call if the unemploymentgets under 8.0%. I bet it will be something like: Unemployment has been above 75 for 45 straight months. The same thing happened when it dropped under 9 % and they had to change their argument from 9% to over 8%.

    I have a hard time getting behind the idea that things are worse when unemployment was over 10% in March of 2009 and is now 8.1% (dispite the idea that people are dropping out of the work force, which can be any number of things)...

    Only in Romneyland is a 2% drop in unemployment considered a bad thing...

    September 10, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. John

    FDR was re-elected 3 times with unemployment up above 20% most of the time.....reason, people realized he inherited a disaster from the Republicans in 28-32, including Black Friday......their patience with FDR paid off, with an overall 3.9% GDP growth per year for his 12 years (higher than Reagan's 3.4%) and a stock market return of more than 13% average per year for the 12 years.....patience is a virtue.............we have patience with a president if we believe he is better than the alternative.

    September 10, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. Independent Voter

    Now GOP or Romney campaign are in panic situation....After they wasted a lot of money on Negative Ads...and RNC in Tampa...what they got is 1% bounce.....that is funny..Now they trying to say something bad about Obama and DNC...they just don't get what Americans want....Those GOP or Romney Campaign just run out of bullet .....and now they are losing...oooh by the way, Ryan will be voted out from the House too...

    September 10, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. Boo

    Another fine example of conservatives living in a fantasyland.....Bill Maher was right....the Republicans should change thier logo from an elephant to a unicorn.

    September 10, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. Babyboomer

    They can call it whatever they like. President Obama is still going to win by a landslide. Between women, LGBT, minorities and some very concerned seniors Romney doesn't stand a chance. We have no intentions of going backward. Obama/Biden 2012...

    September 10, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. 1twinsfan

    If Obama is a sugar high then Romney is red dye #5.

    September 10, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. Jen

    Most people like I know do not care one hoot what job numbers come out, even if they are ZERO, we are going to do everything in our power to get our president reelected. The economy will stabilize no matter who is in the White House, it is who cares for the WHOLE person, helathcare, education, firefighters, elderly that counts. No-one wants a one trick Pony at the wheels. The wannabee president and wannabee first lady will have to wait THEIR TURN another day.

    September 10, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  19. Al-NY,NY

    awwwww, poor Flip. He got NOTHING from his hate-fest and is just jealous that Obama got people interested in him and going to his side (at least for now). If the roles were reversed, oh the crowing and bellowing from the tightie righties!!!! Keep up your etch-a -sketch campaign Flip. You sink each and every day farther and farther into oblivion. Next week, you'll be so far down, you'll be claiming that Obama is a satan-worshiper

    September 10, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. Kate

    In your dreams, Team Romney!

    Just now on MORNING JOE, all the political analysts were saying that TR is "worried"--even Joe Scarborough called Mitt a "FLAWED CANDIDATE" and was saying that Fl should have been wrapped up for Mitt by now.

    September 10, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  21. lolo

    @ Truth Hurts, you mean the republican God, which is money, greed, self and lies.

    September 10, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. Kiki

    After watching the GOP convention, I was left in a hypoglycemic state that left me feeling fatigued from all the lies, irritable from the lack of specifics regarding his plans, and dizzy from Clint Eastwood's empty chair routine.

    September 10, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. Jack

    More like Team Romney and Mitt have a MOUTHFUL OF VINEGAR.

    September 10, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Wow, Mitt... Sour grapes already? You didn't get a bounce out of your convention, so it can't be that important. Hmm... According to you Mitt, I thought that only poor people were envious...

    September 10, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  25. ghostriter

    "FORWARD"...to where..?

    Sorry pal. Even republicans said the R convention was short on substance. Not sure what you heard, but I heard Clinton tear the republican ideas and "misstatements' to shreds while outlining what Obama intends to do. The bashfest was in Tampa.

    September 10, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
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