Poll: No bounce for Romney in Florida

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Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. - PHOTO: File

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney failed to get a bounce in Florida, a critical swing state, after the party’s national convention there last week, according to Public Policy Polling.

PPP found no change in the numbers in the Sunshine State after the three-day gala in Tampa. Democratic incumbent Barack Obama leads Romney 48-47 in Florida, as he did five weeks ago.

According to PPP, 33 percent of voters in Florida say the convention made them more likely to vote for Republicans, 33 percent said it made them less likely to vote for Republicans and 34 percent said it had no influence.

PPP reported that Romney got a bump in favorability in Florida, from 46 percent to 49 percent, but 47 percent view him negatively.

The poll found that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s speech stood out with voters – 66 percent of them see her favorably, a 13-point increase from the last poll. Rice even did well with Democrats.

Ann Romney also polled well on the favorability scale at 56 percent and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio left Tampa with a 51 percent approval rating – his best PPP number since he won the office in a three-man fight in the general election.

Meanwhile, as Democrats prepare for their national convention in Charlotte, a PPP survey shows Romney and Obama in a tie in North Carolina.

Obama addresses delegates on Sept. 6.

Convention speakers include U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., who is running for the U.S. Senate.