Last week’s Gallup Poll indicated that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney got no “bounce” from his party’s nominating convention. His support was 47% going into the convention and 46% coming out. The good news for Romney is that he and President Obama are in a virtual tie in that poll. The bad news would be an Obama “bounce” after the Democratic convention.
In 2008, John McCain got a 6% post-convention survey bounce, while Barack Obama got a 4% boost. In 2008, Gore and Bush each got 8% bounces. In 1992, Bill Clinton got a 16% bounce in his campaign against George H. W. Bush.
The clock is running out on Romney, and he needs a terrific two-minute drill if he’s going to win. It would appear he still hasn’t connected with the hearts and heads of the independents, who he is going to need in this close, close race. He only has about seven weeks to get it done.
Our thought for today is from Abraham Lincoln:
“If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend.”