Poll: Did GOP convention change minds?
September 3rd, 2012
08:36 AM ET
10 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. Everything will be illuminated soon

    no it didn't change my mind if anything it enforced my observation ... but then again that's how life works. I'm not a fan of conservative thinking, because of its limitations mankind is still dragging its knuckles with a jealous-god tied around their necks, giddy up little elephants!

    September 3, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  2. Bob.

    Sadly, Romney spent a lot of time and effort to give a speech that would make him more likeable to the voters and show his warmer, human side. It does not seem like all that effort and his loving wife's adoring speech worked.

    September 3, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  3. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    After a campaign in which his party has mounted a frontal attack on women at all levels, Miit went the poetic way much like the husband that brings roses after beating his wife. He did not say anything about the real issues. Case in point: he still suppors the Virginia governor, yes the one to impose forced vaginal probes. His party wants women in the Middle Ages and he said nothing to change the course of things. The women I know were enraged by the fact that he managed to speak for so long without saying anything. At that's only about one of the issues of this campaign in which Miit's keep asking for votes but offers no accountability.

    September 3, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  4. Nietodarwin

    Comparing the speakers at the RNC to what's coming this week, (like Bill Clinton) at the DNC is going to be like people comparing The Dave Clark Five to The Beatles.
    Try again GOP, (well, it's not really even the GOP anymore, completely taken over by the religious american Taliban)
    See if you OFFER SOMETHING for 2016, because R and R are the same or worse than McCain/Palin

    September 3, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  5. truth

    After not hearing any specifics on his solution to fix our economy nothng changed.
    I still would not vote for Romney.

    September 3, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  6. jim tillman

    Why does Obama want change something from the 1800 century like The Constitution? its the only thing he could be talking about now.

    September 3, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  7. jim tillman

    The only people better off are the tree huggers,

    September 3, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  8. Jennifer


    Nothing won!!!

    September 3, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. JonnyCant

    A soap opera for sure. But Dallas was more interesting.

    September 3, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  10. Anonymous

    I'm surprised that CNN is still trying to defend a potential Romney presidency. Generally speaking, Romney isn't good for America. He never has been - which most of the country has already caught on to. Oh, well.

    Obama 2012

    September 3, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  11. jaimie

    Read ROLLINGSTONES 8/30/2012 article under politics. Someone finally telling the american people what Romney is hiding

    September 3, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  12. lou

    looks like Mitt's got the "I hate Obama" vote lock up, nothing else though.

    September 3, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
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