In the nationwide poll of 1,012 adults who watched at least some coverage of the convention in Charlotte, 29 percent of respondents said the highlight of the three-day event was a speech by former president Bill Clinton . Sixteen percent said Obama’s speech was the highlight, and 15 percent picked an address by first lady Michelle Obama.
President Obama’s speech still got high marks. Six in 10 people rated it as excellent or good, more than the 53 percent who said the same of an address by GOP nominee Mitt Romney at the Republican convention a week earlier.
But Obama’s positive rating fell below the 73 percent level he achieved in 2008, when almost four in 10 viewers named his speech as the highlight of the Democratic convention.
At the Republican convention in Tampa, actor Clint Eastwood’s exchange with an empty chair, occupied by an imaginary Obama, overshadowed Romney’s speech, though not to the extent that Clinton’s address stole the spotlight from Obama. Twenty percent of Republican convention viewers said Eastwood’s appearance was the highlight, compared to 17 percent who said the same of Romney’s.