Carter and Dukakis Lead in Polls Over Reagan and Bush Before They Got Trounced.

The main stream media is salivating over new poll numbers showing Obama gaining a bounce from the Democratic National Convention showing him with a four point lead over Mitt Romney.

Before they get too excited, they might want to recall what happened when the Democratic National Convention ended in 1988, Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis led George H.W. Bush by seventeen points.

The New York Times reported July 26, 1988:

This was among the findings of a national public opinion poll of 948 registered voters conducted late last week for Newsweek magazine by the Gallup Organization. The telephone interviews took place on July 21, which was the last night of the convention, and on the night after that.

Fifty-five percent of the 948 registered voters interviewed in the poll said they preferred to see Mr. Dukakis win the 1988 Presidential election, while 38 percent said they preferred to see Mr. Bush win.

Yet Bush won by almost eight percent.

Former President Jimmy Carter led Ronald Reagan by four points after his convention in 1980.

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