Obama's convention bounce vanishes in Gallup poll
September 18th, 2012
05:12 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama's convention bounce vanishes in Gallup poll

(CNN) – After a wave of post-convention approval, President Barack Obama's lead has faded, according to the latest Gallup daily tracking poll Tuesday.

Gallup's seven-day rolling average indicates that 47% of registered voters supporting Obama and 46% supporting Romney, returning the race back to narrow, pre-convention margins.

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The president's lead was as high as seven points in Gallup's daily tracking poll last Wednesday.

A CNN Poll of Polls which averages the seven national survey of likely voters conducted following the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention earlier this month indicated that 49% of likely voters were backing the president, with 46% supporting the Republican nominee.

While the Gallup poll samples registered voters, it will move to sample the smaller pool of likely voters in the next few weeks as November draws near.

This latest edition of the Gallup poll was conducted September 11-17, nearly entirely before Monday's release of secretly recorded clips of Romney speaking at a private fundraiser in May that critics charge portray him as out of touch with ordinary Americans. Those clips have dominated coverage of the campaign trail over the past 24 hours.

The Gallup daily tracking poll is based on telephone interviews with approximately 3,050 registered voters; Margin of error is plus or minus two percentage points.

CNN's Dana Davidsen and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (151 Responses)
  1. Willard

    I hate 47% of America!

    September 18, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  2. Larry

    Let those poor Romney fans have some hope, people! The poor guy is hanging himself every day. But are we all going to give him a pass on showing those tax records? What is up with that?

    September 18, 2012 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  3. Oh boy

    There is no way that there are that many people who would vote for the republicans, just no way, these polls are phoning home pnones and only old people have ome phones now

    September 18, 2012 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  4. maine liberal

    this would mean something if we had a national election. we dont. we have a 50 state and 2 territories election

    7 states will determine it all

    September 18, 2012 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  5. My opinion

    Vote for Obama once and you are only human. Vote for him twice, then you are a genius.

    September 18, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  6. TheTraveler

    Bumps will come, and bumps will go ... It's the long term trends that are the most important ...

    September 18, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  7. liberal disease

    he never had a bump. his media made it up...

    September 18, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  8. Matt

    Why does the media not understand how to interpret margin of error? The article should have said "Previously tied poll still statistically tied"

    September 18, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  9. angeson

    YOU GOT TO EXCUSE ROMNEY. He's not from around here. Signed, American Citizen

    September 18, 2012 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  10. gahh

    Today's poll thanks to Romney's 47 percent video, puts Obama up by 6 points, or more. Romney's big foot, got stuck in his big mouth. Now you see him, and now you don't. ByBy Romney.

    September 18, 2012 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  11. myviewis

    Obama = lousy unemployment figures
    = increased unemployment rate among women
    = more women in poverty now than ever before
    = won't stop spending

    September 18, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  12. Obama Mama

    Obama voters don't take the polls, we are leaving the suprise for the November elections. Vote dems vote.

    September 18, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  13. Dejavu65

    If any middle class to poor American is supporting Romney after he showed how he really feels about Americans that are not in the 1%, this is the dumbbest country in the world, and when he cuts medicare for the elderly, cut student loans and grants, and raise the tax on the middle class while extending Bush tax cuts for the Rich you all deserved what you get...This man policies are blatantly disrespectful to the middle class, if you think things are bad now, they will be 5 times as worst if this man is elected!!....There is a reason he is not showing his tax returns he has avoided paying taxes with offshore accounts, but wants to give speeches about taxing the middle class more? Educate yourself really!!

    September 18, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  14. norguist

    Obama 2012

    September 18, 2012 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  15. norguist

    Are you kidding or what? Moderating that?

    September 18, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  16. yoyoma

    Mitt...I am part of the 53% and you will NEVER get my vote!

    September 18, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  17. Let It Be

    Can't wait to see next week's poll! Wondering how Mitt's little video on the 47% of the "bums" in this country effects him.

    September 18, 2012 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  18. RapidOne

    Mitts followers are total retarded mor0ns.

    September 18, 2012 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  19. regaladoc@comcast.net

    Interesting. Why isn't the Rasmussen poll listed here as well? It's only correct to list both polls if you want to be fair and none bias.....

    Romney 47%
    Obama 45%

    September 18, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  20. Buh Bye

    Heya Cons and Kochbots – kiss your little turd Romney goodbye after the video.

    September 18, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  21. Rick McDaniel

    When emotions fall, and the reality of what's in the fridge is looked at.......people see the truth.

    September 18, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  22. lindaluttrell

    Mittens mis-spoke once again. I'm sure the polls are on their way back up...

    Hey, Mitt, tell us how you really feel!

    September 18, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  23. Darryl

    Just wait till Nov. 6th, people will come out and Pres.Obama will win this election. Everyone knows why the economy is so bad and they will not only re-elect the POTUS but the Republicans will lose seats in the congress because of their behavior and obstruction on returning the economy around.

    September 18, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  24. ObamaTheOnlyLeader

    The loss of the "bump" is not an issue. People will realize Obama is the only choice. He will bring peace to this great nation. The lion will lay with the lamb. The middle east will become our greatest allies during Obama's 2nd term

    September 18, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  25. Gordon

    If you are worse off today than four years ago give Romney and the Republican four years and you will be say "Boy I wish i was as bad off as I was four years ago.

    September 18, 2012 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
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