The new Gallup tracking poll shows that the GOP convention and Mitt Romney’s speech really got the voters all lukewarmed up.
These results, based on Gallup Daily tracking conducted Aug. 31-Sept. 1, showed predictable partisan differences. Republicans overwhelmingly said the convention made them more likely to vote for Romney, although most would likely be voting for their nominee anyway. Democrats as predictably said the convention made them less likely to vote for Romney. Independents, a key group in any presidential election, were essentially split, with 36% saying the convention made them more likely to vote for Romney and 33% less likely — although 30% said they don’t know or that the convention made no difference.
Gallup has asked this question after selected conventions going back to 1984. Although the question was asked at differing time intervals after the conventions and in different survey contexts, the results give a rough approximation of the conventions’ relative impact.
This historical context shows that the 2012 GOP convention generated about the same impact as the two previous Republican conventions — in 2008, when John McCain was nominated for president, and in 2004, when George W. Bush was re-nominated.
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TAMPA — When CNN asked top Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom to assess Clint Eastwood’s performance on stage at the Republican convention Thursday night, Fehrnstrom answered simply, “It’s improv.”
It’s an open question why such a carefully run campaign chose to feature improv at the beginning of the 10 p.m. Eastern time hour — peak viewing time as millions of people waited for Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech. But that’s what happened, and the hour Romney had been anticipating for many years began in a decidedly offbeat way.
Here’s an overnight thread to try to figure out what the hell Clint Eastwood thought he was doing…
And now, Mitt Romney’s big 40 minutes, after Clint Eastwood’s incredibly weird speech…
The previous RNC open thread is filling up, so here’s a new one to discuss one of the most important ceremonial moments in Mitt Romney’s long quest for the Presidency, the nomination acceptance speech.
As if anyone didn’t know he was next in the Grand Old Party’s line of succession.
It’s the night of Mitt, with the obligatory Ronald Reagan hagiography, and it’s now an open secret that the mystery wingnut speaker will be iconic lone vigilante Clint Eastwood. Oops, spoiler alert.
Here’s the schedule as Romney’s Power Hour draws nigh.
- Convention convenes
- Call to order
- Introduction of Colors US Central Command Joint Forces Color Guard Team
- Pledge of Allegiance by Dylan Nonaka
- National Anthem sung by SEVEN
- Invocation by Ken and Priscilla Hutchins
- Remarks by U.S. Rep. Connie Mack (FL)
- Reagan Legacy Video
- Remarks by Newt and Callista Gingrich
- Remarks by Craig Romney
- Remarks by Governor former Jeb Bush (FL)
- Remarks by Bob White, chairman of Romney for President campaign
- Remarks by Grant Bennett
- Remarks by Tom Stemberg
- Remarks by former Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kerry Healey
- Remarks by Jane Edmonds, former Massachusetts Secretary of Workforce
- Remarks by Olympians Michael Eruzione, Derek Parra and Kim Rhode
- Remarks by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (FL)
- Remarks by presidential nominee Mitt Romney
- Benediction by Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan
- Speaker Boehner declares convention adjourned