I know the media is telling us that Romney didn’t receive a bounce in the polls after the RNC convention last week. Yet, a new poll released last night by CNN, suggests otherwise. 53% of likely voters now have a favorable impression of Romney, against 43% who view him unfavorably. Before the convention, Romney’s favorables were 50/46. This is a six-point improvement in his favorables. In other words, a bounce.

Moreover, Romney’s favorables are significantly better than Obama. 51% of likely voters have a favorable impression of Obama, while 48% are unfavorable. This is down slightly from the week before Tampa, when his favorables were 52/47.

In the head-to-head match-up, Romney and Obama are tied at 48% among likely voters. The week before the convention, Obama led by 2 points. Interestingly, CNN also reports the match-up among registered voters, which shows Obama leading Romney by 7 points, 52-45. This shows how misleading polls of just registered voters can be. Soon, polls will start moving to a likely voter screen, which will provide a general bump to Romney’s poll numbers.

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