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Obama gets bigger 'bounce' than Romney did, but it’s more like a 'blip'

Post-convention polling shows a modest 'bounce' for President Obama, which is better than Mitt Romney did last week.  But the race is way too close to call, and many voters remain undecided.

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Note that all of those figures are in the 40s – not great marks.

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Meanwhile, a new poll for The Hill newspaper finds that a majority of voters believe the country is worse off today than it was four years ago (52 percent) and that President Obama does not deserve reelection (54 percent). The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows Romney ahead of Obama among voters nationwide by one point (46-45 percent).

On the other hand, RealClearPolitics has Obama ahead by just under one point, but – perhaps more significantly – ahead at least slightly in 10 of 12 battleground states. (All except North Carolina and Missouri.)

Another measure of convention performance – Obama’s acceptance speech – has gotten mixed reviews at best. Too low-key, some are saying, not enough detail or forward-looking ideas for a second term.

Newsweek/Daily Beast special correspondent Michael Tomasky (no great fan of the Romney/Ryan ticket) didn’t hold back: “Barack Obama gave a dull and pedestrian speech tonight, with nary an interesting thematic device, policy detail, or even one turn of phrase.”

But Howard Kurtz, Newsweek’s Washington bureau chief says he’s found out why “the president deliberately dialed it down, stopping well short of the altitudes he is capable of reaching.”

“While the pundits are generally calling the president’s Thursday night address mediocre, Obama and his advisers had taken great pains to avoid soaring rhetoric that might have been derided as empty,” Kurtz writes on Newsweek’s Daily Beast website. “Indeed, they extensively tested the president’s speech in dial groups, a type of focus group where voters twist dials to register approval or disapproval of specific passages, and say it tested off the charts. The reaction, they say, was more positive than to Obama’s 2008 acceptance speech in Denver.”

Election Day two months from now will tell whether or not that ploy paid off for Obama.

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