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Post-RNC FL poll: Romney gets no bounce, Clint's speech flopped, Rubio rocked

From Public Policy Polling, a firm that typically surveys for Democrats but often has solid numbers:

PPP's newest Florida poll, conducted completely after the Republican convention, finds no change in the Presidential race there. Barack Obama leads Mitt Romney 48-47, exactly as he did on our last poll of the state five weeks ago.

The Republican convention being held in Tampa appears to have been a wash. 33% of voters say it made them more likely to vote for Republicans, 33% said it made them less likely to vote for Republicans, and 34% said it didn't make a difference to them either way.

Romney did see a slight bump in his favorability numbers. 49% of voters have a positive opinion of him to 47% with a negative one. That +2 spread is up a net 5 points from late July when his breakdown was 46/49.

The rest of the speakers at the convention seem to have been more of a hit with voters. Condoleezza Rice's numbers in particular stand out. 66% of voters see her favorably to 22% with a negative opinion. That's up a net 13 points from our last poll when she was already pretty darn popular at 59/28. Even with Democrats Rice comes in at 47/36. Another star from the convention is Ann Romney. 56% of voters give her good marks to 22% with an unfavorable opinion and she comes close to breaking even with Democrats at 32/39.

Clint Eastwood's speech may have drawn more attention than anything else that happened at the convention and it didn't go over particularly well with voters. 36% say they have a favorable opinion of his remarks to 41% with a negative opinion. While Eastwood's speech didn't do much to help Romney it doesn't seem to have hurt his own reputation either. 72% of Floridians have a favorable opinion of him to 11% with a negative one and even with Democrats the spread is 58/20. Those are certainly numbers any politician would die for.

The biggest winner of the convention on the Republican side may have been Marco Rubio. He now has a 51% approval rating with 33% of voters disapproving of him. Those are the best numbers PPP has found for him since he took office. He is pretty universally beloved by GOP voters at 85/11 and even with Democrats he has a 26% approval rating, more crossover support than we usually find for folks these days.

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Robert Jenkins

Funny how Condi Rice's speech was a hit. After all the damage she managed to do under Cheney, I mean the Bush War Machine. I think she may well or at least be named in the War Crimes trials that will soon get under way in Spain.

Smooth Jazz

"From Public Policy Polling, a firm that typically surveys for Democrats but often has solid numbers:"

That is propaganda if there ever was: "Sure these Pollsters make their living polling and appeasing DailyKOS, SEUI, Huffington Post, etc but we should trust them anyway". Here is the bottom line: What is the partisan breakdown in this poll (Dems vs Reps vs Ind), what is white versus not white breakdown in this poll, and what is Women versus Men breakdown in this poll?

If you can kindly post some of that demographic data, your analysis of the poll would be viewed in the proper perspective. Everybody knows PPP oversamples Dems and other Dem favorable groups to push their Liberals agenda, so posting the metrics assumed in their polls is often necessary to assess whether they are playing with the numbers.



The Herald must be afraid of cutting back spending to write such dribble. We are all on to you guys.

What will the liberals do when socialism takes hold and EVERYONE Is poor? Will you be sing kumbayah with Obama then?

Rick Stanley

Sounds to me as if the Republicans are gaining in popularity, each and every week. As we get closer to the election, it appears that the Obama campaign will run out of gimmicks to attack with, and more people will begin to realize that Obama's policies have hurt America more than helped. The bottom line is hard to dispute. Lefties will never see it, but the rest of America is.


Figures & Numbers don't lie,,,

community organizer

Only thing the republicans are gaining in is how many more idiots consider their ideas to be good.SAME OLE POLITCS


The author of this silly article must have gone to a different convention and must be looking at one of these polls commissioned by one side to make its point. In fact. Real Clear Politics shows real polls which have Romney ahead.

community organizer

Bert. Real clear politics more like real clear republican website what is Bush oh I mean Romney clear objective to get the economy back on track.


It should be WAY more negative after how they disenfranchised so many duly-elected delegates representing the American people, and changed rules so avoid playing within them - they even rerouted buses so delegates wouldn't be present at the rule meetings. Despicable! Their numbers should be lower when all those delegates arrive home to tell their tales. Obama and Romney share the same policies, but Romney has brought his organized crime syndicate to take over the RNC so he can't have a challenger and 2016 if he wins. But, he is NOT going to win now. They made their bed.

Regina Abraham

Condoleezza Rice was a major creator of the lies that led this nation to attack Iraq, - a sovereign nation that never threatened the US in any way. She was head of the White House Iraq Group that planned the strategy to convince Americans that war was inevitable in order to prevent a coming 'mushroom cloud' - as she put it. It is a terrible shame that so many Americans have forgotten, or never knew of her crimes. Here's a good read:


Traditionally every post-convention candidate gets a bump but its usually temporary. If the RNC gave Romney zero bump, then its going to be bleak in a couple weeks. Plus he has the debate trouncing to look forward to. Ouch!

Mark Menachem

Are you kidding me? Mr. Eastwood was disgraceful. I am afraid that senility has set in. Rubio was an embarrassment to Floridians, Americans and Latinos. He is an opportunist whose only agenda is Marco Rubio.

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