We talked on Monday about Gallup daily tracking polls, and the extent to which Mitt Romney received no meaningful bump from the Republican National Convention. I mentioned at the time, however, that much of the electorate is already locked it, and Democrats shouldn’t be too surprised if they run into a similar problem.
And where do things currently stand? The Democratic convention just ended last night, so we don’t yet have a complete picture of the impact, but here’s the same chart I ran on Monday, updated to show nearly two full weeks.
Yes, this chart is dull, but that’s not my fault – the results in the Gallup data just haven’t budged much. On Monday, Aug. 27, the tracking poll showed Romney with a one-point lead, which soon switched to a one-point lead for Obama, which led to today, with Obama’s lead growing slightly to three points.
By any measure, that’s not much of a convention bounce, at least not yet, though Obama’s convention appears to have done slightly more to help his standing than Romney’s convention did for him.
That said, there was one other tidbit in the new Gallup numbers that’s worth noting: Obama’s approval rating is up to 52% in the newly-released results, which is the highest it’s been in a very long while. The convention has had a very modest effect on the president’s lead over Romney, but for now, it appears to have boosted Obama’s standing overall.