Convention Bounce Small, Fading Fast

Polls see Obama's approval grow by below-average 3%-4%, then diminish over weekend

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 2, 2008 9:49 AM CDT

(Newser) – Barack Obama enjoyed a noticeable, but below-average, bounce in opinion polls after last week’s Democratic National Convention, Politico reports—but the gains appear to be already diminishing. Obama has risen 4% in Gallup’s daily tracking poll, 3% in a CBS survey—smaller than the average 5-6% convention bounce. And while Gallup had Obama 8% ahead of John McCain on Saturday, his margin was 5% yesterday.

Any sustained bounce is probably a victory, Politico adds, given how swiftly Sarah Palin and Hurricane Gustav drove the Denver coronation from the front pages. With the party conventions back-to-back for the first time since 1956, McCain now has his best chance to ride the Republican gathering in St. Paul, Minn., into a rare lead in the race.

Barack Obama gives his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Aug. 28, 2008.   (AP Photo)
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama waves to the crowd at a rally in Milwaukee yesterday.   (AP Photo)
Barack Obama gives his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Aug. 28, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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