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   The Post-Convention Bounce in Voters' Preference

    1964 - 2012

  Democratic Republican
Year Convention Nominee Bounce
%
Convention Nominee Bounce
%
2012* Sept. 3-6 Barack Obama 2 Aug. 27-30 Mitt Romney -1
2008* Aug. 25-28 Barack Obama 4 Sept. 1-4 John McCain 6
2004 July 26-29 John Kerry -1 Aug 30-Sep 2 George W. Bush 2
2000 Aug. 14-17 Al Gore 8 Jul 31-Aug 3 George W. Bush 8
1996 Aug. 26-29 Bill Clinton 5 Aug. 12-15 Bob Dole 3
1992 July 13-16 Bill Clinton 16 Aug. 17-20 George Bush 5
1988 July 18-21 Mike Dukakis 7 Aug. 15-18 George Bush 6
1984 July 16-19 Walter Mondale 9 Aug. 20-23 Ronald Reagan 4
1980 Aug. 11-14 Jimmy Carter 10 July 14-17 Ronald Reagan 8
1976 July 12-15 Jimmy Carter 9 Aug. 16-19 Gerald Ford 5
1972 July 10-13 George McGovern 0 Aug. 21-23 Richard Nixon 7
1968 Aug. 26-29 Hubert Humphrey 2 Aug. 5-8 Richard Nixon 5
1964 Aug. 24-27 Lyndon Johnson 3 July 13-16 Barry Goldwater 5
  *2008-2012: Determined by the APP by using poll ending on the Sunday
  before the convention and poll ending on the Sunday after the convention.
  2012 margin of error is ±2%.
  data compiled from the Gallup Poll

Citation: Gerhard Peters. "The Post-Convention Bounce in Voters' Preference." The American Presidency Project. Ed. John T. Woolley and Gerhard Peters. Santa Barbara, CA: University of California. 1999-2012. Available from the World Wide Web: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/convention_bounces.php.

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