It’s official, Mitt Romney has given the worst speech that the GOP convention has seen in the last 16 years. According to Gallup, Romney’s recent speech at the convention was the worst-received speech of the eight speeches given by nominees since the company began taking the poll in 1996.
According to Gallup, only 38 percent of viewers rated Romney’s convention speech as good or excellent. President Obama received a 58 percent rating in 2008 and even John McCain came in at 47 percent. Also, more Americans thought that Romney’s speech was poor or terrible than at any point the survey has been taken since the convention in 1996.
Gallup also found that Romney’s speech had almost no impact on how people were going to vote. His “convention bounce” in the polls was a very weak two percent, compared to the 14 percent jump that Obama received in 2008. While conventions don’t have the impact that they once did, any edge can be critical in an election this close.
The Democratic National convention is set to take place in Charlotte this week. This will give Obama an opportunity to pull ahead. Currently, the race is very close, with Obama’s lead being stuck at a slim .1 percent.