Romney Leads Two Polls After Convention Ends
In 2 new recent polls, after his speech at the Republican Convention, presidential candidate Mitt Romney has a six-point swing, giving him a two percentage point lead over President Barack Obama. He now leads Obama by 44 to 42 percent having previously trailed 46 to 42 percent, the poll showed.
Friday’s Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll had Romney up by one, leading 45 percent to Obama’s 44 percent. The poll was the first in a week that showed the challenger leading the incumbent.
“The daily tracking so far does indicate that Romney has received a modest ‘bounce’ from the convention,” Rasmussen noted. “It will take another few days to fully measure the size of that bounce and another week to measure the Obama ‘bounce’ from the Democratic convention.” “What is needed in our country today is not complicated or profound. It doesn’t take a special government commission to tell us what America needs. What America needs is jobs. Lots of jobs,” Romney told the audience. Newsmax
The DNC begins on Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C. Recent presidential history has shown that convention bounces have become more modest over the years as the attention on the parties’ political conventions has faded and as the voting public became more polarized. Typically, candidates can now expect a bounce of about five points and it is generally short-lived and not predictive of the eventual outcome in the fall.
The Reuters poll also showed that Romney’s likeability numbers were ticking up. While he still trails Obama by 20 on this measure his rating now is at 30 percent, up from 26 percent. Some 32 percent also say Romney is a “good person,” up from 29 percent on Monday. Romney still trails Obama by 10 points in this category.
Rasmussen found that 48 percent trust Romney more than Obama on handling the economy compared to 44 percent who trust the president more.“The good news for Romney is that he still has the edge on this issue,” Rasmussen noted. “The good news for Obama is that Romney’s advantage has been shrinking over the last few months.”