DNC Convention Preview

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CHARLOTTE, NC. (CNN) - It's a new week, and a new political convention, as democrats prepare for their big show in charlotte, North Carolina to follow up last week's republican gathering in Tampa.

Democrats found themselves on the defensive, responding to questions over whether America is better off today than it was four years ago.

Emily Schmidt has more from Washington.

Just as charlotte, North Carolina prepares to be the center of the democrats' political universe this week...party leaders found themselves talking as much about the past four years as about the upcoming few days.

It started with the Sunday talk shows--

Can you honestly say that people are better off today than they were four years ago?

No, but that's not the question of this election.

Monday--O’Malley tried to rework the message by saying the country is clearly better off. Vice President Joe Biden said the same thing at an AFL-CIO rally.

You want to know whether we're better off? I've got a little bumper sticker for you: Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive!

President Obama continued the theme with auto workers in Ohio: I believed in you, I bet on you, I’ll take that bet any day of the week, and because of that bet, three years later, that bet is paying off for America.

Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney took the holiday off, while his running mate Paul Ryan went to North Carolina--just a few hours away from the democrats' convention site--

Every president since the great depression who asked for a second term could say you were better off today than four years ago, except for Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama.

It's a sign the "better off today than you were yesterday" battle is likely to linger for a bit longer.

In Washington, I’m Emily Schmidt.

There's a new look at the potential impact of last week's republican national convention -- a Gallup poll released today indicates four in ten adults say they are more likely to support Mitt Romney after what they saw at the convention, with 38 percent saying they are less likely to support him. The numbers are very close to what happened four years ago when Senator John McCain was nominated for President.

Gallup says Romney’s speech was rated lower than any of the last eight acceptance speeches they've tracked since Bob Dole's in 1996.