Gallup: Thumbs down on Romney’s convention speech

Gallup has polled on all the major party nominee’s convention speeches since Bob Dole’s in 1996. That’s eight speeches, plus last week’s convention closer by Mitt Romney. Probably not enough to make huge statements about history, but it’s what we have and it’s bad for Romney.

Gallup found that 38 percent of respondents rated Romney’s speech “excellent” or “good.” That’s the lowest score ever. The previous low was 47 percent for John McCain in 2008.

Sixteen percent said Romney’s speech was “poor” or “terrible.” That’s a new high in poorness/terribleness, besting (worsting?) McCain’s previous record of 12 percent.Twenty-one percent said Romney did “just okay” and 26 percent said they had no opinion or didn’t see the speech.

Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 09/04/2012 - 11:23 am.

    I am amazed how many high-profile missteps have happened with the Romney campaign and the convention.

    The acceptance speech for Romney was supposed to happen at 10 PM EST. That was the time advertised even on the main “greeting” page for Google (how did they do that?). What people who tuned in (even including young “hip” googlers) get? Clint Eastwood (channeling the “angry old white man” that Senator Graham mourned the coming paucity of). Marco Rubio (the Latino face of an imaginary party of inclusion). Finally, a half-hour later they got Mitt. And a speech from Mitt that made people like George Romney even more.

    I return to the fact that Mitt is the most constrained candidate in terms of what he can talk about openly. So many parts of him that might arouse suspicion in Republican and independent voters. So many parts that are anathema to Democrats. So many flip-flops in so little time.

    It’s really awkward. And his advisers don’t seem to be of the highest quality.

    By the way, I saw his teleprompters.

  2. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 09/04/2012 - 11:26 am.

    The GOP’s Rhetoric is on the move, again.

    Romney’s dog whistle speech didn’t have any specifics. He hit all the hot topics except his showcase accomplishment in Massachusetts, “Romneycare”, which works. Romneycare was the prototype of Obamacare. There wasn’t any mention of the Afghanistan war nor those fighting in it. I guess Romney looks at our soldiers as just expendable. He is running on elect me and then I will tell you what I’m going to do later. Apparently David Koch, of the infamous Koch brothers, is starting to feel like Romney might win. So now he has started the GOP narrative change from absolutely no tax increases to tax increases might be necessary to reduce the deficit. That way if Romney does win it will be okay to increase taxes. It is all part of the GOP’s very extreme hypocrisy. It is the “just say NO to any forward movement party” setting themselves up to be able to do what they want to do. The gridlock in America is mainly due to GOP intransigence. Go back to Sen. Mitch McConnell’s statement “He will do everything possible to make sure President Obama is a one term President”. The list of things the GOP was for, which were sometimes their own ideas, before they were against them, all to play the part of the very extreme OBSTRUCTIONISTS is extensive. The GOP is not at all for the country, they are in it strictly for themselves. The GOP has not apologized to the contry for the last major GOP disaster, the Bush/Cheney Administration. The GOP was fully complicit in the disaster by supporting George W. Bush’s Fiscal Conservatism. So far the GOP’s response has been, the Bush Administration overspent, let’s turn the page. The Bush Administration caused far more damage to the country than we overspent, let’s turn the page. Voters, the GOP is sending you a message. They are bankrupt and not fit for office with their current beliefs. Not even a majority of Republican’s like Romney. The choice is yours in November.

  3. Submitted by Jon Kingstad on 09/05/2012 - 08:02 am.

    The election is Obama’s to lose.

    Can he do it? Yes, he can!

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