No bounce, no problem

“You can’t look only at Gallup,” Newhouse says. “You also have to remember that the convention bounce isn’t what it used to be. Things are really polarized today, and with the amount of television ads, it feels more like October 15 than September 4.”…

A senior Romney adviser acknowledges that Romney’s numbers have been relatively static; their internal data mirror the public polls. Like Newhouse, the adviser emphasizes that the campaign’s priority is targeting undecided voters as they start paying attention in the coming weeks…

“Save for maybe 8 or 10 percent of the electorate, many voters have locked in on a candidate,” the adviser says. “These [undecided] voters came away [from the convention] with a more favorable impression” and “increasingly” see Romney as a competent and friendly leader…

A second Romney adviser, on background, tells NRO that the campaign’s senior circle isn’t worried.