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Poll: Romney Speech Had Little Impact on Voters


Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney acknowledges delegates before speaking at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech at last week’s Republican National Convention had little impact on the electorate, according to new polling from Gallup released on Monday.

The percentage of voters who said Romney’s speech made them more likely to vote for hin (40 percent) was nearly the same as the percentage who were less likely to vote for him (38 percent), the poll showed.


Among independents, 36 percent were more likely to vote for Romney after his speech and 33 percent were less likely. Thirty percent said the speech made no difference.

Romney’s speech had the same impact as John McCain’s in 2008 and President Bush’s in 2004, according to Gallup.

President Obama’s speech in 2008, however, saw 43 percent of voters more likely to support him afterward, compared to 29 percent who were less likely.


The sharpest impact was seen in 1992, after Bill Clinton’s speech, in which 60 percent of Americans said they were more likely to vote for him, while just 15 percent said otherwise.

Romney also scored low on the quality of his acceptance speech, the lowest marks since Bob Dole’s speech in 1996. Just 38 percent of those surveyed found his speech “good” or “excellent,” while 16 percent rated it “poor” or “terrible.” Obama’s speech in 2008 was given a 58 percent positive rating, and McCain's registered 47 percent.

The results also point out that 51 percent of those surveyed watched “a great deal” or “some” of the convention on television—the lowest of any of the last eight conventions. Sarah Palin’s 2008 speech was the most-viewed on television, at 33 percent.

Gallup says the poll is not a good predictor for who will win the election in November.


These results were based on polling conducted between Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 among 1,045 adults. The margin of error was four percentage points.

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