While the media crowed over the conflicts and controversies of the Republican National Convention and predicted doom for Donald Trump after pronouncing the whole affair a “disaster”, something interesting happened…
The voters ignored them and came to their own conclusions.
Donald Trump gave the speech of his life, Mike Pence shown, as did the Trump kids and other guests of the four day confab.
And now those voters have rendered a verdict and it isn’t what anyone in the media wanted!
CNN has the numbers…
Donald Trump comes out of his convention ahead of Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House, topping her 44% to 39% in a four-way match-up including Gary Johnson (9%) and Jill Stein (3%) and by three points in a two-way head-to-head, 48% to 45%. That latter finding represents a 6-point convention bounce for Trump, which are traditionally measured in two-way match-ups.
Not only is Trump now beating Hillary, but he just got the biggest post-election bounce since 2000!
There hasn’t been a significant post-convention bounce in CNN’s polling since 2000. That year Al Gore and George W. Bush both boosted their numbers by an identical 8 points post-convention before ultimately battling all the way to the Supreme Court.
It isn’t just historic in terms of past elections, it is also a significant development in this one. It marks a major turning point for Trump and a complete collapse for Clinton, especially among indipendents.
The new findings mark Trump’s best showing in a CNN/ORC Poll against Clinton since September 2015. Trump’s new edge rests largely on increased support among independents, 43% of whom said that Trump’s convention in Cleveland left them more likely to back him, while 41% were dissuaded. Pre-convention, independents split 34% Clinton to 31% Trump, with sizable numbers behind Johnson (22%) and Stein (10%). Now, 46% say they back Trump, 28% Clinton, 15% Johnson and 4% Stein.