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Americans slightly more interested in Paul Ryan's speech than in Mitt Romney's [Pew, 8/27]: "About half of the public (52%) is interested in learning about the Republican Party’s platform, while 44% are interested in Romney’s acceptance speech and about the same percentage (46%) in Ryan’s convention speech."

People of New Jersey none too thrilled about Chris Christie's GOP convention speech [Rutgers-Eagleton 8/27]: One-third of New Jersey voters say Christie’s address will improve the state's image around the country. Forty-six percent say it will make no difference and 14 percent say Christie’s speech will hurt the state’s image.

Likely voters now feeling good about their choice in the election [Rasmussen, 8/28]: "54% of Likely U.S. Voters are excited about the Obama-Romney match. However, 41% still say they will be voting for the lesser of two evils."

Americans gloomy about economic outlook [Gallup, 8/28]: "Currently, 43% of Americans say economic conditions are "poor," while 13% categorize them as "excellent" (1%) or "good" (12%) .. Looking forward, 59% of Americans perceive the economy to be getting worse, while 35% say it is getting better."

Feeling your pain [CBS News, 8/28]: "Only 41 percent of Americans said Romney understands their needs and problems, compared to 54 percent who feel Mr. Obama understands their needs and problems."

The horse race [RCP average, 8/28]: Romney 45, Obama 46.

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