RNC bounce modest 1% for Mitt Romney, polls say

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, on August 28, 2012 during the Republican National Convention.

A modest Republican National Convention bounce put Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama into a virtual tie as the Democrats prepare to host their own party this week in Charlotte, CNN reported.

According to a CNN/ORC International poll, Romney gained 1 percent following the RNC.

“The Republican convention had at best a mild effect on the presidential race, and from a statistical viewpoint, no effect at all,” CNN polling director Keating Holland said.

The poll was conducted Friday to Monday, after the RNC.

CNN’s previous poll had Obama leading Romney 49 to 47 percent, and now shows them tied at 48 percent voter support.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, enjoyed gains to his overall “favorability” rating and his rating from the middle class.

It was a virtual wash among subsets, with gains among high-income earners and urban voters, but losses from rural and lower-income households.

“Demographically, Romney’s overall one-point bounce masks some movement among subgroups and suggests that Romney’s pitch to some groups may have worked but at the expense of turning off another group of voters,” Holland said.

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Gallup discovered similar results, saying Romney received “no bounce” and the two leaders remain virtually deadlocked.

Romney’s support climbed to 47 from 46 percent, Gallup said, before and after the RNC.

That means his overall voter support four days after the RNC “is essentially the same” as it was prior to the convention.

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