Americans more interested in GOP platform than Romney's speech
August 27th, 2012
03:25 PM ET
2 years ago

Americans more interested in GOP platform than Romney's speech

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Mitt Romney's convention speech, widely regarded as the Republican candidate's first introduction to voters who've thus far ignored the presidential race, is less interesting to Americans than the GOP party platform, a poll released Monday showed.

The survey from Pew Research Center showed 52% of Americans were very or somewhat interested in the Republican Party's platform, which was drafted last week and will be adopted by delegates at the Convention. Forty-four percent were very or somewhat interested in Mitt Romney's speech, compared to 46% who were interested in the speech of Romney's running mate, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan.

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The interest level in the Democratic Convention - scheduled to begin September 4 in Charlotte - was only slightly higher. Fifty-five percent of Americans said they were very or somewhat interested in the Democratic Party platform, compared to 52% who were interested in President Barack Obama's speech. Fifty-two percent of Americans were interested in the convention speech from President Bill Clinton, who will perform the symbolic task of submitting Obama's name into nomination.

In total, majorities of Americans said they were not interested in either party's convention - 55% weren't interested in the GOP convention, and 57% weren't interested in the Democrats'. While the level of interest for Republicans was similar to interest levels in 2008, the interest for Democrats is sharply down. Four years ago, 59% said they were interested in the Democratic convention, compared to 41% who weren't interested.

However, interest in the Republican candidate's speech has historically been higher than the levels recorded for Romney's address. In 2008, 52% of Americans said they were interested in hearing Sen. John McCain's remarks, and 53% were interested in hearing from George W. Bush in 2000, the first time he ran for president.

The Pew Research Center poll was conducted August 23-26 by telephone from 1,010 adults. The sampling error was plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.

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soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. george of the jungle

    what plateform?????

    August 27, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. Buckeye

    That's because we know that Romney is nothing more than a stooge for the real power brokers: the Kochs, the fat guy Limburger, and Grover. Romney is just their yes-man puppet.

    August 27, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. george of the jungle

    mittens speach will put everyone to sleep. Forward 2012 puppetman will say what he is told to say. His platform is not the same as the republican platform so what is hsi platform????

    August 27, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. RomneysSpeech

    Tax cuts for the rich to create jobs (in India and China), Tax cuts for the rich to increase spending in Medicare. Tax cuts for the rich to increase spending on education. Tax cuts for the rich to increase spending on our infrastructure. Tax cuts for the rich to increase spending on our farmers. Tax cuts for the rich to increase spending on law enforcement. Tax cuts for the rich to increase spending on illegal immigration. Tax cuts for the rich to increase spending in research. Tax cuts for the rich to increase spending on funding two unfunded wars. Tax cuts for the rich to star another unfunded war. Tax cuts for the rich to create the Easter Bunny.

    August 27, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. kathy/Minnesota

    Someone please tell me what I just saw on the bottom of my TV screen scroll, "JOHN BOEHNER SAY'S BLACKS AND LATINOS "WON'T" SHOW UP AT THE POLLS" can't be true, please someone tell me I need glasses.OMG

    August 27, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. scmom

    Mitt thinks he has this thing sewn up depending on the voter suppression they have going on. Never has anyone seen politics like this, it is unbelievable. The republicans are so bold but they still have the dummies that's telling all their plans. McConnell told the obstruction plan, Akin told the abortion plan and that cross-eyed fool in PA that told about suppressing votes to get Mitt elected plan. it's all in the open and you still can't convince people that it's actually happening. Unbelievable!!!!!!

    August 27, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Please do not forget that "tax cuts for the job creators" is the keystone of the decades old "starve the beast" strategy.

    August 27, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. myviewis

    kathy/Minnesota

    Someone please tell me what I just saw on the bottom of my TV screen scroll, "JOHN BOEHNER SAY'S BLACKS AND LATINOS "WON'T" SHOW UP AT THE POLLS" can't be true, please someone tell me I need glasses.OMG
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    Boehner said that this election is about economics and these groups of people have been hit the hardest and these people just might not show up to vote for either Romney or Obama. Latinos and Blacks that I have spoken to are extremely disappointed with their finances.

    August 27, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. SOUTHERN SNOTTIE

    I believe the Democrat platform says that Gitmo will be closed and the deficit will be cut in half....
    Yes, platforms hve a lot to do with reality. NOT

    August 27, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Platform: kill Medicare, save unwanted rape pregnancies, kill middle-class, save tax cuts for the wealthy, kill minority voting rights, save the "krischun nashun" from demographic shifts, kill Social Security, save Wall Street from having to behave itself, kill Obamacare, save oil subsidies, kill the first Amendment, save the second Amendment.

    The End.

    August 27, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. WILLARD MILTON ROMNEY IS A COWARD & TAX EVADER

    Yes, we're very interested in the War Against Women platform. Willard is going into Etch-A-Sketch mode.

    August 27, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "Someone please tell me what I just saw on the bottom of my TV screen scroll, "JOHN BOEHNER SAY'S BLACKS AND LATINOS "WON'T" SHOW UP AT THE POLLS" can't be true, please someone tell me I need glasses.OMG
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    Boehner said that this election is about economics and these groups of people have been hit the hardest and these people just might not show up to vote for either Romney or Obama. Latinos and Blacks that I have spoken to are extremely disappointed with their finances."

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    COMPLETE BS. Actuallyk, MyViewIs, Boehner is just taking part in the GOP/Teatroll voter suppression agenda. Voter ID laws, attacks on early voting, attacks on college student voting, attacks on voter registration drives...all of it...is designed to attenuate minority and youth turnout. Boehner is just helping the GOP/Teatrolls start the narrative they want to use as the excuse for it when the voting numbers come out after the election indicating that thousands upon thousands, maybe millions, of voters were disenfranchised as a result of these unnecessary laws designed to "fix" a completely and utterly imaginary problem of "widespread voter fraud." The problem simply doesn't exist...but the voter suppression effect of the GOP/Teatroll laws across the country certainly does. They'll be yammering non-stop that "well, minorities and students were just lazy and not as enthusiastic this year as they were in 2008 and they're disappointed in Obama's record." BULLSH-T. YOU WATCH HOW FAST THERE'S RIOTS IF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE DISENFRANCHISED BECAUSE OF THIS.

    August 27, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. Expat American

    The only policies that the Party of Genocide Over Policy (GOP) has revealed at this point is that they are against gay marriage; they intend to prosecute and incarcerate victims of rape and incest; and will witchhunt any Muslims in the USG.

    What else do these good white Christian folks intend to share with the nation and the world abroad; besides their obstructionist failures of the past 3.50 years?

    August 27, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Latinos and Blacks that I have spoken to are extremely disappointed with their finances.
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    You're lying and you know it. This is the new GOPeeing Teatard storyline to account for any drop in voter turnout due to their voter disenfranchisement laws.
    But fear not, you won't have to use it.
    See your ass at the polls November 6th.

    August 27, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. NC

    @Joe: thanks for the laugh about the hair dye. I really think Romney looks like Count Dracula. We all know what vampires do, they drain the life out of a person. I just had to say that.

    August 27, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. CanadaONE

    RECORD NUMBER OF GUNS AT THE GOP Convention – in less than a square mile there will be a record number of guns at the GOP convention estimated at 37 thousand – as you all know the Repubs support the NRC hence they support hand gus anywhere – even at their convention

    WHAT ??? they won't allow guns at the convention – so much for the NRC = you loose again!!!

    August 27, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. WILLARD MILTON ROMNEY IS A COWARD & TAX EVADER

    GOP = Government Obstruction Party

    August 27, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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