Poll: Ryan’s speech generates more interest than Romney’s

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Michael Bastasch DCNF Managing Editor
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A new poll from the Pew Research Center shows that more Americans are interested in hearing from Mitt Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan than the presumptive presidential nominee himself at the Republican National Convention.

Pew found that 46 percent of Americans were very interested or somewhat interested in hearing Ryan’s speech while only 44 percent felt the same about Romney’s speech.

However, both Romney and Ryan’s speech are overshadowed by public interest in the GOP platform, as more than half — 52 percent — of Americans say they are very or somewhat interested in learning about it.

Interest in former President Bill Clinton’s speech has similarly edged out President Barack Obama’s,  with 52 percent somewhat or very interested in hearing from Clinton to 51 percent for Obama.

Like the GOP platform, the Democratic Party platform outshines party leaders as 55 percent of Americans are somewhat or very interested in learning more about it.

Interest for both conventions is down from where it was in 2008, but interest is much farther down for the DNC this year compared to where it was in 2008.

Pew notes, “[T]he level of public interest in next week’s Democratic convention in Charlotte; 43% say they are interested in what happens at that convention. This is down significantly from the notably high interest in the Democratic convention four years ago, when 59% were very or fairly interested.”

Interest in the RNC is down from 48 percent in 2008 to 44 percent this year — only 4 percentage points.

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