Obama's convention bounce vanishes in Gallup poll
September 18th, 2012
05:12 PM ET
10 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. Milton K. Wiah


    September 18, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  2. Peter

    Is this before or after Romney's latest foot-in-mouth comments in Florida were revealed?

    September 18, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. Extra...Extra....!

    Imagine People "the horror"" Gov Romney caught on tape saying that 47% of Americans are not paying any income tax and are more and more becoming dependent on Government programs..."How dare he let the world know that 47% of Amercians don't earn enough INCOME to pay taxes....the number is even higher if the 8% unempoyed plus the millions who gave-up looking for employment are factored-in and we saw in August empoyment report that 360,000 Americans were written off
    by Washington "WHY" becauce they stopped looking. The Media, Pundits as well as Obama's campaign are barking up the wrong tree with their SPINS....

    September 18, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  4. Scott

    47%? Gee, where have I heard that number before? Oh, now I remember. That's the number Romney said would vote for President Obama no matter what. Maybe Romney could give math lessons to the president since he thinks half of 10 trillion dollars is 16 trillion dollars.

    September 18, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  5. Mentallect

    After the Mitt Romney 47% truth "gaffe," I wonder how much the polls will shift back into Obama's favor?

    September 18, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  6. Ancient Texan

    We're still a long way from election day and it will ebb and flo several times before elections. AND we know some polls are engineered to reflect the pollsters personal preference.

    September 18, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  7. Kef14

    Libya and other issues in middle east didn't help. No worries, Romney gave him a gift this week.

    September 18, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  8. Sabotage!

    From electoral-vote. com 5:54 pm.

    Latest National Polls

    Here are the latest national polls, updated as needed throughout the day: (9/18/12)

    United Press International: Obama 49%, Romney 45%.

    Reuters/Ipsos: Obama 48%, Romney 43%.

    Gallup: Obama 47%, Romney 46%

    SurveyUSA/Braun: Obama 48%, Romney 45%

    DailyKos/SEIU/PPP: Obama 50%, Romney 46%

    Rasmussen: Romney 47%, Obama 45%

    A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll will be out tonight at 6:30 pm ET.

    September 18, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    David from Georgia

    It's funny how everyone got so hot and bothered after the DNC and Gallop had Obama up by 6. Not it's back down to 1 and all of a sudden they're not creditable.

    September 18, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  10. Core republican Values

    Was this before the wheels came off "Campaign Romney" yesterday?

    September 18, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  11. rrd

    David from Georgia

    It's funny how everyone got so hot and bothered after the DNC and Gallop had Obama up by 6. Not it's back down to 1 and all of a sudden they're not creditable.

    September 18, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  12. Don

    Out of ONLY 3000 voters to how many Americans, I hardly consider this to be a acturate accounting

    September 18, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  13. scott

    You Obama kool-aid drinkers can not see the writing on the wall. Obama is done, are you so desperate now you are saying the polls are wrong. If Obama would have been up by six would you still say the polls were wrong? Truth hurts does'nt it, you free loaders living on the government dime is about to end. I barely make ends meet I have 3 kids and a 11.00 an hour job, my wife works part time as a receptionist. We qualify for food stamps, but we will not mooch off the backs of others. We get by, hard work is all it takes. Romney is right 47% of this country is living off the governments back, I for one am getting tired of supporting freeloaders.

    September 18, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  14. GI Joe

    Obama has many many routes to 270.

    Romney has 1 or 2.

    September 18, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  15. lnd72

    Mitt Romney is not a great candidate, and he is still hanging on. It just shows how much the President has failed to deliver. I'm not voting for Romney, I'm voting against Obama.

    PS – I'm not happy about voting for Romney.

    September 18, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  16. Indy

    Larry in Houston

    figures – I was afraid of that – it will continue to fade – even though I'm voting Democrat – even though texas is a red state – and my vote may not count that much. Well, if romney is our next president, there's some good things about him – under the romney regime, there will be millions of new jobs, that's for sure – we're sitting on top of 500+ yrs. of coal in the mountain state – and obama won't give them the "okay" to mine it – not to mention that the buckeye state & the keystone state are sitting on top of another 500 + years of gas / oil / & shale – & this administration won't drill it. Wait til the Romney regime gets IN – not only north dakota, but Alaska will end up having thousands of oil wells & rigs, there will be plenty of jobs, and the romney regime will probably put the ax to the e.p.a. and the Romney administration will drill off of every beach or shore we have here in this country.
    Vote Democrat – 2012 ( for the working middle class)

    Larry you almost had me believing you were serious !! I know Fox News thinks that only Presidents drill for oil and not oil companies and I was sure you were not dumb enough to believe that, thanks for the sarcisim and a good laugh !

    September 18, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  17. SafeJourney

    Romney and Lyin Ryan are done. They know it and so does their compaign Just wait till the polls from Mitts 47% video hits. Mitts comment is contemptuous, callous and condescending

    September 18, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  18. ChiTownArt

    Up down up down...not the performance of the candidates, its a fickled electorate that looks at this as reality tv instead of the stewardship of the nation.

    September 18, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  19. fredjones95

    Gallup is a Repuke biased poll just like Scott Rasmussen and his polling fraud. Gallup even modifies its polling history to mislead readers into believing their poll was honest. Who does Gallup poll anyway? Nothing but old white males mainly and a sprinkle of others. Shame on Gallup !

    September 18, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  20. Indy

    Word on the street is polls don't much matter, other word on the street is I have not heard of one single person that said Mitts was very smart for putting down half the population, not one person has said
    Gosh that Mitts sure is connecting well with people these days" It has been downhill for Romneyhood for 40 days and forty nights now and he will never get out of it to get the majority on his side.

    September 18, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  21. jon

    16 trillion in debt and Mitt wants to add 5 trillion in tax cuts to the rich that don't need it. What a complete moron.

    September 18, 2012 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  22. Mitchell

    There's the 47& mitt romney waa talking about

    September 18, 2012 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  23. NameamAaron

    American voters are not that fickle! Especially after the latest Romney, oops!

    September 18, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  24. MagicPanties

    Looking forward to the post 47% poll.

    September 18, 2012 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  25. A National Poll Is Worth Zero

    The election is actually 50 separate states. There is no way in h3ll that Mitt Romney is going to be the next president.

    When Romney flips Pennsylvania or Michigan (his home state where the trees are just the right height) to red, that will be real news that changes the political polling landscape. These day-to-day Gallup national polls are otherwise pretty useless actually.

    September 18, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
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