Former President Bill Clinton’s address to the 2012 Democratic Convention was the higlight for 29 percent of people who watched the days-long event, while President Obama’s nomination speech was the big moment for 16 percent of viewers, according to a new Pew Research poll. That statistic falls directly in line with the narrative Republicans have been pushing — that Obama is no Clinton. From their analysis:
…while Obama’s speech was not the highlight of the convention, it is evaluated more positively than [Republican nominee Mitt] Romney’s convention address. Sixin-ten (60%) of those who watched at least a little convention coverage rate Obama’s speech as excellent or good; that compares with 53% of GOP convention watchers who rated Romney’s speech positively.
However, Obama’s speech was not viewed nearly as positively as his address at the convention four years ago: 73% said that speech was excellent or good. In 2008, 42% of convention watchers rated Obama’s speech as excellent, compared with 29% who rate it that highly today.
Romney wasn’t the highlight of his convention either — 20 percent of those who saw the RNC said that Clint Eastwood’s address was the high point, while 17 percent said the former governor.