Early indications are that the Republican National Convention was mostly a dud and did almost nothing to change the state of the Presidential Race.
Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech draw a much smaller audience than in the past. According to Nielson rating about 33 million people watched the speech on TV, a 17 percent drop from John McCain’s 2008 speech. People watching on the internet may account for a small amount but probably not all of that drop.
In addition to not generating much excitement, Romney’s speech received relatively poor reviews from Americans. According to Gallup about as many said the speech made them more likely to vote for Romney, 40 percent, as said it made them less likely, 38 percent. That is very poor by historic standards. From Gallup:
Most importantly there doesn’t seem to have been any bounce for Romney in the horse race polling. The Gallup daily tracking poll remains basically unchanged. In addition some of the early polling in swing states like Florida show basically no movement towards Romney.
It will be interesting to see if Obama gets any bounce after his convention. The lack of a bounce for Mitt Romney could be a result of Republicans having done a poor job with the convention or just a byproduct of the fact that the vast majority of voters made up their minds extremely early in this election.