Donald Trump’s Republican National Convention [RNC] speech was the worst speech ever tested, according to the just released, highly respected Gallup Poll. The poll’s condemnation of the Trump presentation is earth-shatteringly blunt.
Not only was the speech excruciatingly poor, it was bone-wearyingly depressing, endlessly hopeless, and the most self-glorifying speech ever given by a presidential candidate. This is Gallup’s failing review:
‘… Trump’s speech got the least positive reviews of any speech we have tested after the fact: 35% of Americans interviewed last weekend said it was excellent or good.’
‘Of the nine previous speeches we have rated, the top one was Barack Obama’s in August 2008, which 58% of Americans rated as excellent or good.’
Only 35 percent of Americans who saw Trump’s speech rated it favorably. That low number includes the people who actually like him. Even worse, only 19 percent of his rabid followers rated Trump’s speech either excellent or good.
In fact, the whole impact of the GOP convention was beyond mediocre, it was negative. Over half of the potential voters, 51 percent, said it made them less likely to vote for Trump:
‘The self-reported net impact of the GOP convention was also negative. Overall, 51% of Americans say the convention made them less likely to vote for Trump, while 36% said it made them more likely to vote for him.
‘Gallup found this convention, out of 15 separate times the polling organization has asked the question after a convention, Trump’s has the highest “less likely to vote” response.
‘This is the highest “less likely to vote” percentage for a candidate in the 15 times Gallup has asked this question after a convention.’
An NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll found the same results as the Gallup Poll. Neither saw a notable bounce after the Republican convention. Normally, the bounce is significant, up to 5 or 6 percentage points:
‘Donald Trump received no significant bounce following the Republican National Convention, according to the latest NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll.
‘Hillary Clinton still leads Trump by a single point: 46 percent to 45 percent. These numbers are unchanged from last week.’
This poll also showed remarkably similar results on Trump’s speech as the Gallup found:
‘Trump’s convention speech, which was received well by Republicans watching the event, did not sit as well with Independents.
‘Just 30 percent of Independents who watched the speech said it was excellent or good, 29 percent said it was “just okay” and a 40 percent plurality said it was poor or terrible.’
So who gave the best presidential speech? The best speech was Barack Obama in 2008, before he was president. Mitt Romney’s 2012 speech was second from the worst. Scraping the bottom, Trump was the absolute worst.
The Gallup Poll was taken between July 18 and 25. That period covered the four days of the Republican convention. This poll found that potential American voters are highly interested in this year’s presidential campaign:
‘From Saturday through Monday 72% of Americans reported having read, seen or heard anything about Clinton “in the last day or two,” compared with 76% who said the same about Trump.’
Of course, this Gallup Poll was taken before the Democratic National Convention.
The saddest result was that the Republican National Convention was not just a “wasted week,” it took the Trump campaign backward.