Sunday, July 24, 2016

Was The Republican Convention A Success Or A Disaster ?

I thought last week's Republican Convention was a disaster. It was supposed to unify their party, but it just made the divisions more evident -- and it reeked of darkness and negativity. But I wondered -- am I alone, or did many others think the same?

That's why I was glad to see this poll, which asked respondents if the GOP convention was a success or a disaster. It is the RABA Research Poll -- done on July 22nd of a random national sample of 909 adults, with a margin of error of 3.3 points.

It turns out that more of the general public thought it was a disaster (37%) than thought it was a success (24%) -- 13 points more. And that view was shared by women, Democrats, Independents, and three out of four age groups. Only Men, Republicans, and those over age 60 thought it was more of a success.

With those numbers one might think that the convention didn't really help Donald Trump, and that seems to be the case. The chart below (from the same poll) shows that Trump didn't get the traditional "bump" from the convention.

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