Here's a short piece Think Progress posted yesterday afternoon that caught my eye:
President Obama’s approval rating climbed to 52 percent, his highest rating in many months, according to Gallup’s latest poll. The last three days of the Democratic National Convention gave him a 7 percent bump in approval over three days, with a 3 percent hike in just the past 24 hours. Mitt Romney received no bump in the polls from the RNC, dropping from 47 percent before the convention to 46 percent. The DNC also surpassed the RNC in ratings; even competing with the opening night of NFL football, more people tuned in to Bill Clinton’s DNC speech than the second half of the Cowboys-Giants game. ...Aviva Shen, TP
The Democratic convention itself, and certainly Clinton's speech -- and to a lesser extent Obama's speech -- knocked it right out of the park, way ahead of the GOP convention. I only got the audio here, but that was enough to show a higher level of enthusiasm for the Dems than for the Republicans. It was a matter of who each considered their audience. Republicans seemed to be talking to themselves, Democrats to the country. Sheesh -- even Scarlett Johansson was impressive, professional.
As for InTrade dollars: over the past two days Obama has seen a sharp (couple of bucks!) decline in value while Romney has soared by about the same amount.