The Washington Times - September 3, 2012, 12:41PM

The Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., last week did nothing to boost GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s appeal among Sunshine State voters, a new poll suggests.

A Public Policy Polling survey taken after the convention shows President Obama ahead of Mr. Romney 48 percent to 47 percent in Florida — the same percentage as a PPP poll of the state five weeks ago.


The new poll showed that 33 percent of Florida voters said the convention made them more likely to vote for Republicans, while the same percentage said it made them less likely to vote for Republicans. Thirty-four percent said it didn’t make a difference to them either way.

Mr. Romney did see a slight bump in his favorability numbers, as 49 percent of the survey’s respondents said they have a positive opinion of him, compared with 47 percent who view him negatively. That is an 5-percentage-point improvement from a PPP survey in late July, when his breakdown was 46 percent favorable and 49 percent unfavorable.

“Mitt Romney received no bounce from the Republican convention in Florida,” said PPP President Dean Debnam. “The other speakers appear to have made more of a positive impression on voters than he did himself. To some extent he was overshadowed at his own convention.”

The independent survey of 1,548 likely Florida voters was conducted from Friday — the day after the convention ended — through Sunday. The margin of error is plus-or-minus 2.5 percent.