More Americans are interested in the Republican platform than in the prime-time speeches of presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., according to a new poll published on Monday.
According to the nonpartisan Pew Research Center's poll, 52 percent of respondents are very or somewhat interested in learning about the GOP's platform, while 44 percent are similarly interested in watching Romney's acceptance speech, and 46 percent want to see Ryan's speech.
Overall interest in the Republican convention is relatively flat — 44 percent of those surveyed say they are very or fairly interested — compared with 48 percent in 2008 and 46 percent in 2004 who were very or fairly intersted in it.
These results mirror the level of interest in the Democratic convention this year as well, with 43 percent of respondents saying they're interested in following the event in Charlotte, N.C. However, that figure is down significantly from the 59 percent in 2008, when Barack Obama was formally nominated.
With 44 percent of respondents saying they're interested, Romney's acceptance speech is generating less interest than either John McCain's 2008 speech, at 52 percent, or George W. Bush's 2000 speech, at 53 percent, Pew reported.
The latest survey by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, was conducted on Aug. 23-26, 2012, among 1,010 adults nationwide and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.