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.