WASHINGTON D.C. (FNN News) The effects of the two National Party Conventions on public opinion are coming to light, with 63 days remain until the election.
August was a busy month as both major political parties hosted their national conventions.
The Democratic National Convention was held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from August 17th to 20th. Due to the coronavirus, it was mostly a virtual event, which was live streamed on major news networks around the nation.
Originally planned to host 50,000 people, the event was downsized by 99.5% and only consisted of 250 guests and volunteers at the Wisconsin Center.
Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate Senator Kamala Harris were officially nominated at the convention and will appear on the ballot in November.
Guests at the convention included Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter, First Ladies Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton (Candidate for 2016), and Rosalynn Carter, and a host of representatives and senators.
In a surprising move, the convention also had several Republicans speak in support of Joe Biden, including Governor John Kasich, Cindy McCain (wife of John McCain), and Bush’s Secretary of State Colin Powell.
The Republican National Convention ran from August 24th to August 27th, with in person delegates meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina and virtual broadcasts from Washington D.C. and various venues around the country.
In an unprecedented move, many of the events were broadcasted directly from the White House, with the First Lady speaking from the newly renovated Rose Garden and the President accepting the Republican nomination from the South Lawn.
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were renominated for the Republican 2020 ticket. The party also decided to keep it’s party platform from 2016.
Guests included a wide arrange of cabinet members, representatives, and community leaders. The entire First Family: Melania, Ivanka, Donald Jr., Eric, and Tiffany Trump all spoke at the convention.
There was also a wide range of diversity showcased, including Former Governor and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, Senator Tim Scott, Ben Carson, Chen Guangcheng, and more.
Republican President George Bush declined to speak at the convention.
In comparing the nights between conventions, the DNC had higher viewership than the RNC for 3 of the 4 nights. However, both conventions had fewer viewers watching from 2016.
- Night 1 – 19.7 million (DNC) vs 17 million (RNC)
- Night 2 – 19.2 million vs 19.4 million
- Night 3 – 22.8 million vs 17.3 million
- Night 4- 24.6 million vs 23.8 million
Typically, national conventions tend to improve polling numbers for candidates. Joe Biden did not see any bump in polling after the DNC concluded, but he maintained his 10 point lead over President Trump, according to Morning Consult. (52% to 42%)
However, after the RNC, Trump saw an improvement, with Biden’s lead dropping by 4 points. (50% to 44%)
One interesting portion of this poll showed that only 7% of voters were undecided, compared to 16% of voters at the same time in 2016. This backs up the claim that most voters have already made their decision, even months before the election.
While the long term effects of the conventions are yet to be seen, it is clear that this election will be much closer than anticipated, for both parties. Earlier this year, a booming economy and host of passed legislation assured Republicans that Donald Trump’s reelection would a smooth ride. However, the coronavirus and massive political unrest have changed the election and given Democrats the boost they need to become competitive.
The next big events to hit national television will be the Presidential Debates scheduled for September and October.
Marcos Barrios is a Florida National News contributing writer. The avid writer and musician is passionate about politics and entertainment in Florida and abroad.