No boost for Kerry after convention

This hasn’t happened since 1972 when George McGovern ran for president. The significance of this can’t be overstated. *W* recieved a bounce, according to the USA Today poll. I also heard W this weekend on a stump speech (heard a few soundbytes) and they guy sounds pumped up. I think he’s getting his second wind and is going to come out swinging. Are you listening, John Kerry?

Poll: No boost for Kerry after convention

WASHINGTON – The Democratic National Convention boosted voters’ perceptions of John Kerry’s leadership on critical issues, a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll finds. But it failed to give him the expected bump in the head-to-head race against President Bush.

In the survey, taken Friday and Saturday, the Democratic ticket of Kerry and John Edwards trailed the Republican ticket of Bush and Dick Cheney 50% to 46% among likely voters, with independent candidate Ralph Nader at 2%.

Before the convention, the two were essentially tied, with Kerry at 47%, Bush at 46%.
The change in support was within the poll’s margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points in the sample of 763 likely voters. But it was nonetheless a stunning result, the first time in the Gallup Poll since the 1972 Democratic convention that a candidate seemed to lose ground at his convention.

USA TODAY extended its survey Sunday night and tonight to get a fuller picture of what’s happening with the electorate.

A Newsweek survey taken Thursday and Friday showed the Democrats with a lead of 49% to 42%, a four-point bounce compared with a poll taken three weeks earlier – the smallest in the history of the Newsweek poll.*snip*

Hmmmm ….