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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

No bounce, lacking ratings-viewers and voters tune out of Republican National Convention

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a GOP p...
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a GOP presidential hopeful (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
On the eve of the Democratic National Convention starting in Charlotte, North Carolina on September 4th, it appears Republicans party leaders and delegates gathered the lowest ratings in years and no convention bounce. Last week's Republican National Convention dropped sharply from 2008. 

Television ratings organization Nielsen, estimates only 30.3 million viewers GOP convention coverage Thursday, September 30th, when Mitt Romney delivered his prime-time speech accepting his party presidential nomination. Viewership of Romney's speech plunged 23% from four years ago when 39 million people viewed former GOP Presidential Candidate John McCain address the convention and viewers across the United States.

Comparing Republican Vice-Presidential nominee Paul Ryan's speech former Alaska Governor and GOP candidate Sarah Palin, the numbers are not much better. Ryan, who drew about 22 million viewers for his speech experienced a 41% drop of 2008's Vice Presidential hopeful Palin having nearly 37 million viewers watching her speech.

Also, the Romney/Ryan Republican ticket only managed to achieve zero percentage point post-convention bump, only the third candidate last forty years to do so according to the Washington Post.       
"Voters were largely unaffected by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's speech last week at the Republican National Convention, according to a Gallup Poll released Tuesday.

The poll found that support for Mr. Romney among likely voters actually fell by 1 percentage point after the convention, contradicting the longtime trend of presidential candidates getting a surge in support after accepting their party's nomination on a national stage.

According to the poll, Mr. Romney — who led President Obama 47 percent to 46 percent before the RNC but trailed 47-46 afterward."
Romney/Ryan ticket lack of post-convention bounce, joins the 1972 Democratic Presidential candidates George McGovern and 2004 John Kerry who both lost their elections.

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