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 — is just the third candidate since 1964 to not get a post-convention bounce, joining 1972 Democratic nominee George McGovern and 2004 Democratic nominee John Kerry who both lost their elections.
Pollsters said it is unclear why Mr. Romney failed to get a bounce, speculating that possible factors may have been poor voter reaction to the convention or the event’s close proximity to the Labor Day weekend.
Pollsters also suggested that the increased availability of political news has made conventions less meaningful, as voters are often very familiar with the candidates before they take place.