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Trump’s Convention Speech Most Poorly Received Since 1996, Poll Finds

Many individuals polled by Gallup criticized Trump’s RNC speech for, quote, “not involving nearly enough flag-colored balloons.”

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The Gallup polling firm posted an article Wednesday noting that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump currently have the exact same favorable rating (37 percent) and unfavorable rating (58 percent) among Americans. The post included this nugget:

Trump’s speech got the least positive reviews of any [convention] 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.

Reached by phone, a Gallup spokesman said that the firm began polling on the subject with Bob Dole and Bill Clinton’s addresses in 1996, which means Trump finished last in a set of 11. (Sad!)

At the time, Slate writers found Trump’s RNC speech to be scary and narcissistic, but then again, we’re mostly coastal elite godless liberal sex perverts, so it is useful that Gallup confirmed that most Real Americans shared our feelings.

Going back even further, Trump’s speech appears to be the biggest loser since George McGovern’s “I’m Going to Lose 49 of 50 States and Turn My Name Into a Synonym for Political Failure” address in 1972, which, to his credit, McGovern did follow through on.

via Taniel