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Snap poll: Romney’s favorable rating rises five points overnight, Christie’s speech most popular
Hotair ^ | 08/29/2012 | AllahPundit

Posted on 08/29/2012 2:33:55 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Alternate headline: "So far, so good."

I assume most of this is due to Ann, whose speech dwelled entirely on Mitt, versus Christie, who didn't mention him until 16 minutes in. But even so, this is interesting:

Romney had a 43-percent favorable and 44-percent unfavorable rating in nine battleground states heading into the convention, according to an average compiled by Real Clear Politics.

A survey conducted by Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research in nine battle ground states Tuesday evening found Romney’s favorable rating among likely voters had jumped to 48 percent. His unfavorable rating dipped to 39…

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s speech had the biggest impact of the convention so far, more than twice as popular as Ann Romney’s remarks on Tuesday, according to the poll.

Twelve percent of respondents rated Christie’s speech as their favorite, compared to five percent who favored Romney’s…

The good news is it’s a sample of likely voters. The bad news is that the sample’s small, just 303 people. Any news that Romney’s favorables might be improving after months of Obama attacks is worth blogging, but there’s really no way to tell from this whether he’ll get a meaningful bounce. Consider it a “good sign” and a further reason to watch Ryan tonight. My hunch is that if there’s any speech that’s likely to significantly help the ticket, it’s his, not Mitt’s tomorrow.

As for Christie’s speech, Politico claims people “close to Romney” are grumbling that it was a bust because it was more about him that it was about either Mitt or Obama. (Never mind that Romney’s team vetted the speech weeks ago.) If you’re going to get the big guy for your keynote, you want him in full tough-guy mode, throwing roundhouses, no? Actually, maybe not. Jay Cost makes the case:

One theme that connects the political victories of Barack Obama in 2008, George W. Bush in 2000, Bill Clinton in 1992, Ronald Reagan in 1980, Jimmy Carter in 1976, and all the way back to Thomas Jefferson in 1800 is a simple, powerful message: The other side has failed America, but we can do better.

If you look at the polling data, you can see pretty clearly that a Republican convention that focuses on the failures of Barack Obama would be tantamount to beating a dead horse…

The middle of the country is deeply disappointed in the job this president has done, and that has been the case basically for three years. What is left for the GOP ticket to do is to make the positive case for change. That is what we began to see last night.

It would be the height of political malpractice to fall into the false dichotomy the Democrats have been preaching – a “choice” versus a “referendum.” Every election is in fact both.

Fair point. After three and a half years, Obama’s negatives are essentially baked in the cake. All the GOP can do now is explain why they’d be better, which is why Ryan’s speech is the moment of truth. And in further defense of Christie, our media being as loathsome as it is, he would have been destroyed last night for gleefully pummeling Obama while Isaac is raging even though Obama’s out on the trail himself. Just one question, though: If you’re going for a purely positive message, why get Christie for the keynote? Rubio would have been much better in that role. You could have put Christie instead in the Thursday night slot to introduce Mitt and get the crowd fired up. I don’t quite get it.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012election; 2012polls; 2012rncconvention; christie; convention; election2012; kenyanbornmuzzie; mittromney; rnc; romney

1 posted on 08/29/2012 2:33:58 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

While it is good news, it’s hard to get a read from one poll and one pollster. We should know something by Saturday or Sunday.

Would Politico have anything to post if not for “anonymous” Republican insiders attacking other Republicans?


2 posted on 08/29/2012 2:36:36 PM PDT by middlegeorgian
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To: SeekAndFind

Among conservatives, Mr. Romney’s popularity has fallen
due to his CONTINUING dirty tricks at the Convention
against real Conservatives and the TEA Party.


3 posted on 08/29/2012 2:37:51 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: SeekAndFind

Cruz, Mia Love, Artur Davis and Niki Haley all gave better speeches than Christie and his was pretty good. Ann Romney was the best of all though. The problem is nobody saw those speeches because Americans are by and large clueless or consumed with their mobile devices.


4 posted on 08/29/2012 2:38:22 PM PDT by jwalsh07 (.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I think it’s cool that the Dems are on marbles waiting for Christie to unleash! I think HE and Romney are waiting until AFTER the DEM convention to really stick it to “em. There will be fresh new material and Christie may be able to negatively affect any post-convention bounce that Obama might have enjoyed. If this is true (and I am merely guessing as an outsider),,then I think the timing is perfect. Keep the raw Christie in the wings and release him after the Dem convention ,,,which will of course coincide with all the new Romney ads going out since he can tap into the donations made to his campaign now. I’m loving it!


5 posted on 08/29/2012 2:38:51 PM PDT by austinaero (Obama or America - can't have both)
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To: austinaero

Now that Romney has the nomination, look for the political ads to go all out against Obama and the Dems bigtime, and in a special way, come next week.


6 posted on 08/29/2012 2:41:00 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I can hardly wait for the Sharia Law advocates to open the DNC convention with prayer. That ought to be good for another 5-10 point drop in zero’s numbers.


7 posted on 08/29/2012 2:41:14 PM PDT by 11th_VA (Keep your laws OFF my Big Gulp !)
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To: jwalsh07

RE: The problem is nobody saw those speeches because Americans are by and large clueless or consumed with their mobile devices.

If true, this would mean that Americans by and large will ignore the DNC convention too.


8 posted on 08/29/2012 2:47:31 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: jwalsh07
Cruz, Mia Love, Artur Davis and Niki Haley all gave better speeches than Christie and his was pretty good. Ann Romney was the best of all though. The problem is nobody saw those speeches because Americans are by and large clueless or consumed with their mobile devices.

Even if the American people wanted to watch those speeches the media, outside of C-SPAN, blacked them out. Even Fox didn't show Cruz's speech, I had to watch it on C-SPAN.

9 posted on 08/29/2012 2:47:31 PM PDT by middlegeorgian
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To: Diogenesis

Did we win or lose that fight?

If we lost we must work on forming a third party right after election 2012. In fact, we need to do that anyways. It will be needed to hang over Romney’s head through-out his first term (if he does win the Presidency).

If Obama wins no 3rd or even 2nd party necessary. It will be over. Consider him to be another Hugo Chavez with 4 years to figure out how to make it 10, 15 or 20 years.


10 posted on 08/29/2012 2:47:48 PM PDT by tsowellfan (Voting for Obama/Biden is like purposely swallowing two tapeworms)
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To: Diogenesis
Romney must believe that conservative numbers are insignificant. Are they?

Either way, he must also believe of this minority, a good percentage will vote for him anyway.

It is a win-win for his political ambitions.

11 posted on 08/29/2012 2:49:45 PM PDT by deadrock
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To: DEADROCK

-——that conservative numbers are insignificant——

There is conservative, conservative fringe and way way out there.

He likely has a very good feel for the numbers.


12 posted on 08/29/2012 2:52:49 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: 11th_VA

“I can hardly wait for the Sharia Law advocates to open the DNC convention with prayer. That ought to be good for another 5-10 point drop in zero’s numbers.:”

I would wager the MSM will not cover this part of the convention and pretend like it never happened.


13 posted on 08/29/2012 2:53:54 PM PDT by austinaero (Obama or America - can't have both)
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To: austinaero

That being said, thank God for Youtube....the video will be out there, somewhere,,beyond DNC control.


14 posted on 08/29/2012 2:55:19 PM PDT by austinaero (Obama or America - can't have both)
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To: SeekAndFind

Of course they will. Look at your article. 20m viewers in a country of about 176m adults. 1 in 9 adults will tune in.


15 posted on 08/29/2012 2:55:35 PM PDT by jwalsh07 (.)
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To: marygonzo

Thanks SeekAndFind.


16 posted on 08/29/2012 3:11:37 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Diogenesis

Yeah, cuz the PaulBots didn’t do any dirty tricks at all, like lying about being Romney delegates while really planning to vote for Ron. And the main guy is supposed to sit back and take it like a putz, like McCain did.

You should be grateful that we have someone who knows how to throw a punch.


17 posted on 08/29/2012 3:17:36 PM PDT by Technocrat (Romney-Ryan 2012)
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To: Diogenesis

“Among conservatives, Mr. Romney’s popularity has fallen
due to his CONTINUING dirty tricks at the Convention
against real Conservatives and the TEA Party.”

True. I would bet some Texas delegates will leave the presidential line on the ballot empty after Romney’s true nature was shown as he, Sununu, Romney’s lawyer and Boehner destroyed the Republican Party yesterday, leaving it a shell owned by Romney.


18 posted on 08/29/2012 3:18:55 PM PDT by Marcella (Conservatism is dead. PREPARE)
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To: Marcella

The party hasn’t been conservative for years and you people are just figuring it out?

Is this your first election?


19 posted on 08/29/2012 3:24:15 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (....The days are long, but the years are short.....)
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To: SaxxonWoods

Your comment isn’t worth more than these words.


20 posted on 08/29/2012 3:27:48 PM PDT by Marcella (Conservatism is dead. PREPARE)
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To: SeekAndFind
I expected more red meat from Christie, but that wasn't his job last night.

He made the case that the Obama administration is a failure. Signed. Sealed. Delivered.

21 posted on 08/29/2012 3:32:01 PM PDT by GVnana
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To: Diogenesis

I find you PaulBots tiresome.

Stop calling yourselves “conservatives”. More to the point, STOP CALLING YOURSELVES REPUBLICANS!

You are totally delusional narcissists living in a make-believe world where someone who IS a jackass, comes riding in on a jackass and tilts at windmills with over-simplified solutions to life’s complex problems.

You’ve been reading too freakin’ many super-hero comic books.

Seriously.


22 posted on 08/29/2012 3:40:48 PM PDT by Walrus (Restoring America starts today! Let's roll!)
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I could be way off, but to me the conventions are more about solidifying and exciting the base. I think the Ryan pick already did that, so the convention is a success as long as it doesn’t do damage. Any gain will be marginal among independents IMO. I guess I could be wrong but I wonder how many regular voters really watch the conventions....I would assume in today’s TV/internet environment mostly political junkies that already have a “side” watch.

So the influence of the convention is mostly ancillary or sort of underground. All that Romney really needs to do now, IMO, to win, is to make the middle feel he is not a risk...that he is up to the task and he doesn’t flame out....while not ticking off the base.

The Ryan pick and the desire to get rid of Obama takes care of the base.

So the main thing is for Romney to look Presidential and for that to be the story coming out of the convention. Even if people don’t watch, it will sort of provide a momentum.

The specific things Christie or anyone actually SAY won’t matter unless it is foot in mouth.

Again, just my gut feel.


23 posted on 08/29/2012 3:43:36 PM PDT by Crimson Elephant
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To: Diogenesis

Right DU Troll. That’s why Romney continues to lead in both Gallup and Rasmussen, why he is ahead in MI and WI and tied in OH and ahead in FL and and and. Your disgusting and childish sniping just isn’t having its desired effect. Oh, snap!


24 posted on 08/29/2012 3:47:58 PM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: LS

80% of Americans despise RomneyCARE/ObamaCARE/DeathPanels.

Mr. RomneyCARE’s ONLY hope was with the Tea Party
whom he “stabbed in the back” (like the Palin children
in 2008). Too bad for you RINOs.


25 posted on 08/29/2012 3:55:16 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: LS

Have you read Limbaughs/Malkins take on pushing conservatives out of the Republican party with the rule changes? Are they Paulbots?


26 posted on 08/29/2012 3:56:49 PM PDT by deadrock
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To: LS

Mr. RomneyCARE is the DU imposter, like his
followers who support RomneyCARE and his other
idiocies.


27 posted on 08/29/2012 3:56:56 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: SeekAndFind

“I assume most of this is due to Ann, whose speech dwelled entirely on Mitt, versus Christie, who didn’t mention him until 16 minutes in.”

I disagree. I think both contributed about equally. Ann Romney forcefully said THIS is the man for the job. You can count on him etc. and Christie essentially validated Romney’s choice of Ryan as a signal that the ticket was prepared to take the heat for taking on the hard issues squarely rather than ducking them. And it was all the more effective for not naming Obama directly. Was anyone in doubt who he was referring to when he alluded to politicians preoccupied with having America be loved instead of respected?

To me, it was a nice one-two punch. I’m in no way surprise Romney got a bump out of last night. Let’s hope it’s not just temporary.


28 posted on 08/29/2012 3:57:12 PM PDT by DrC
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To: Diogenesis; mickie; flaglady47
Your lamp is almost extinguished and you don't seem to know it. It's become just a fading fizzle.

Few pay attention to your spamming posts any more except extreme masochists....those in your tiny pack who get off on incessant anti-Romney, anti-Mormon, anti-Republicans, anti-everything and everybody.

You are personified in the title of the old film, "The Light That Failed".

Someone please bring a bucket of gatorade to put you and your lamp out of its misery.

Leni

29 posted on 08/29/2012 3:58:25 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: LS

Or DU trolls?


30 posted on 08/29/2012 3:59:15 PM PDT by deadrock
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To: MinuteGal
Palin is talking about a third party. You are going to need an Olympic size pool full of Gatorade to extinguish that flame.
31 posted on 08/29/2012 4:06:07 PM PDT by deadrock
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To: Diogenesis

“Among conservatives, Mr. Romney’s popularity has fallen
due to his CONTINUING dirty tricks at the Convention
against real Conservatives and the TEA Party.”

diogenesis, you forgot to mention that Romney is a mormon, a fatal flaw based on your bias, but frequently mentioned by you none the less.


32 posted on 08/29/2012 4:10:50 PM PDT by IWONDR
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To: IWONDR

You have it backwards,
Mr. RomneyCARE is a RINO, not a moron.

His followers are morons.


33 posted on 08/29/2012 4:12:42 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: tsowellfan

If zer0 loses, what’s to stop him from trying to make a comeback in 2016? Isn’t that how it goes in a lot of third world countries? These vermin never just go away, ever.

A third party would make it possible to win with 42%. IIRC, we’ve already seen that movie.


34 posted on 08/29/2012 4:26:40 PM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: DEADROCK

Palin does a lot of talking. There was a coterie here willing to follow her off the ends of the earth until she said things with which they disagreed. I would really like to see a poll on her favorables. I will bet they are about the same as Ron Paul’s.

IOW, anyone who wishes to start a 3rd party is totally free to do so, but not one has succeeded beyond an initial burst of enthusiasm in the 51 years I’ve been eligible to vote. The perennials, like Paul and Nader, are simply in it for payback and the contributions, which they never seem to spend on anything except themselves.


35 posted on 08/29/2012 4:36:46 PM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: DEADROCK
First, I haven't been pushed out. Second, it's funny if you look at history how every time a party tries to "take control" of the energized groups, the energized groups end up with more power (i.e., look at Dems after 1972).

Third, because I don't agree with some things the establishment types do, doesn't mean that I don't see the MAIN job here is unelecting Obama and therefore electing Romney. ANYONE who stands in the way of that is indeed a Paulbot/DUer.

This yahoo has been here for months, NEVER had a constructive thing to say about ANYTHING the GOP does. Translation: he's a troll.

36 posted on 08/29/2012 4:55:13 PM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: Diogenesis

Funny, I just did a poll and 80% of Freepers despise YOU, DU troll.


37 posted on 08/29/2012 4:56:21 PM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: LS

But you only polled the RomneyBOTs and poseurs.

Try a conservative, LS.


38 posted on 08/29/2012 5:11:27 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: Ezekiel

Chris Christie’s speech was not about Mitt Romney 2012, it was about Chris Christie 2016. I hope he finds a diet book soon. Maybe three or four.


39 posted on 08/29/2012 5:40:10 PM PDT by Jeremiah Jr (Chi ha-Olamim)
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To: LS
First, I haven't been pushed out.

I asked whether you read Limbaughs/Malkins take on pushing conservative out via the convention. (....ignore....) Those frickin' trolls. I get ya.

40 posted on 08/29/2012 6:30:15 PM PDT by deadrock
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To: DEADROCK

Heard em. Agree it’s a bad move. Know David personally ( he endorsed my last book, as Rush did my ffirst). And Rush and Michelle will be the first to tell you that unlike some DU trolls here, electing Romney and getting Obama out is our first priority. Anyone who repetedly seeks to prevent that is, yes, a DUTroll and should be sorted.


41 posted on 08/30/2012 3:52:37 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: Diogenesis

We real conservatives can spot an Obama loving DU troll a mile away. That would be you.


42 posted on 08/30/2012 3:54:04 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: LS

Never been to DU, like you have, LS.

And, am a conservative, unlike you, LS.

Conservatives DO NOT support
RomneyCARE or DeathPanels or TARP or fees
and other of Romney’s real agendae, do they?


43 posted on 08/30/2012 4:16:13 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: Diogenesis

You are a plant, a DU troll, and an Obama lover. You clearly want him elected. No conservative, ever, would do anything to ensure Obama’s reelection. Hence you are indeed a DU troll.


44 posted on 08/30/2012 4:28:35 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: LS
LS: "No conservative, ever, would do anything to ensure Obama’s ...election."

So true.
Thank you for pointing this out, because it
proves Mr. Romney CANNOT possibly be conservative.


"Peeking Out From the McCain Wreckage: Mitt Romney"
"Someone's got to say it: IS MITT ROMNEY RESPONSIBLE FOR OBAMA'S VICTORY?"
"Vanity: Team Romney Sabotaged Palin and Continuing to Do So?"
"Romney Supporters Trashing Palin"
"Romney advisors sniping at Palin?"

45 posted on 08/30/2012 4:40:58 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: Diogenesis

Now that Ryan has given his speech, what are the polls saying today?

Gotta be a heck of a lot higher than the poll numbers after Chrisie’s speech.


46 posted on 08/30/2012 6:34:02 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: Diogenesis

Thank you for pointing out that YOU, Mr. Troll, cannot possibly be a conservative because YOU, Mr. Troll, are working to ensure Obama’s reelection.


47 posted on 08/30/2012 7:32:38 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: LS

Actually, post #45 has timely URLs demonstrating
that it was TEAM ROMNEY who was behind the rise
of Obama the Undocumented Moslem Tyrant.

And that includes you, LS, does it not?


48 posted on 08/30/2012 7:41:49 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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