Eastwood Shares Top Billing with Romney at Republican Convention
The public paid far less attention to this year's Republican convention than it did to the GOP convention four years ago. Just 37% say they watched all or some of the Republican convention, down from 56% in 2008.
And while there has been a modest increase in the percentage saying they view Mitt Romney more favorably in the wake of the convention, his acceptance speech was not the highlight of the event: As many of those who watched at least a little convention coverage cited Clint Eastwood's speech as the convention highlight (20%) as named Romney's speech (17%). One-in-five say there was no convention highlight, about the same percentage as four years ago.
The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted Aug. 31-Sept. 3 among 1,008 adults, finds that even among Republicans Romney's speech was not the standout event of the convention. A quarter of Republican convention-watchers (25%) said Romney's speech was the highlight, 19% named Eastwood's performance, 15% named Paul Ryan's speech and 13% cited Ann Romney's address.
Read the full report, RNC Highlights: Romney Shares Top Billing With Eastwood, on the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press website.