Viewers preferred Eastwood to Romney

RNC watchers liked Clint's antics better than Mitt's earnest pandering

Published September 5, 2012 6:43PM (EDT)

According to a Pew Research survey,  RNC watchers were not very impressed by Romney's speech. Or, at least, not nearly as impressed  as they were by Clint Eastwood's. Of those asked, 20 percent said Eastwood's speech was the highlight, compared with 17 percent who preferred Romney's. Another 20 percent said there was no highlight.

Mitt did slightly better among Republicans, with 25 percent saying that his speech was the highlight compared to Eastwood's 19 percent.

Only 2 percent of overall viewers thought Chris Christie was the best part but they probably didn't ask him.

By Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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