Two in five Americans did not watch a minute of last week’s Republican National Convention and those who tuned in remember Clint Eastwood as the highlight rather than GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, according to a poll released Wednesday.
The Pew Research Center poll found that 40 percent of people survived said they watched none of the convention held in Tampa, Fla., nearly doubling the 21 percent who skipped the RNC in 2008.
This year, just 37 percent said they watched all or some of the convention, compared to 56 percent in 2008.
Viewership was down most sharply among Democrats, as just 28 percent said they watched all or some of the event compared to 49 percent in 2008. Republican viewership dropped from 69 percent in 2008 to 56 percent this year, and independent viewership dropped from 52 percent to 34 percent.
The poll also found that 20 percent of respondents say Mr. Eastwood’s speech, in which he aimed criticism at an empty chair representing President Obama, was the main highlight of this year’s convention. Mr. Romney’s address was the second-most common choice at 17 percent, while 10 percent tabbed Ann Romney’s speech as the most memorable.
The poll did show that Americans viewed Mr. Romney slightly more positively after the convention, with 25 percent saying they had a more favorable post-convention view of him compared to 20 percent who viewed him less favorably afterward.