July 25, 2004 - Most Americans Plan To Watch Kerry Speech, Nationwide Poll By Quinnipiac University Finds; But Only 22 Percent Will Watch Much Of Convention
Most American voters - 61 percent - plan to watch Democratic challenger John Kerry give his acceptance speech at the Democratic Convention this week, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

But only 22 percent of voters, including 33 percent of Democrats will watch "a great deal" of the convention, with 35 percent who will watch "some;" 28 percent who will watch "a little," and 14 percent who won't watch at all, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe- ack) University poll finds.

National political conventions are "more boring" than they used to be, 38 percent of American voters say, with 35 percent who say they are more interesting.

A total of 54 percent of voters are "very interested" or "fairly interested" in what happens at the Democratic Convention, while 45 percent are "not interested."

"Political experts say a presidential candidate's acceptance speech, especially a challenger's speech, is the most important one he makes. And six out of 10 American voters plan to watch Sen. Kerry give his acceptance speech," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Beyond that high point, interest in the Democratic Convention drops off. And remember, this survey includes only registered voters."

Beyond Kerry's acceptance speech, the convention viewing plans of voters include:
  • 54 percent plan to watch John Edwards' acceptance speech;
  • 48 percent plan to watch former President Bill Clinton;
  • 47 percent plan to watch Ron Reagan, the former president's son;
  • 44 percent plan to watch the traditional roll call of the states;
  • 43 percent plan to watch former President Jimmy Carter;
  • 21 percent plan to watch Barack Obama's keynote address.
"Of the featured-on-TV lineup, the keynoter draws the least interest," Carroll said.

From July 18 - 22, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,551 registered voters nationwide, with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida and nationwide as a public service and for research.

For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu or call (203) 582-5201

18. Are you interested in following what happens at the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Boston, or aren't you that interested in the convention?

IF "INTERESTED":Would you say you are very interested or fairly interested?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Wht   Blk   His


Very interested 24% 14% 37% 24% 24% 24% 22% 37% 30% Fairly interested 30 30 35 29 29 31 31 27 28 Not interested 45 56 29 47 47 44 47 34 42 DK/NA 1 - - - - 1 - 2 -



19. As I read some things that will happen at the Democratic Convention, tell me which events you plan to watch.. -- Do you plan to watch John Kerry's acceptance speech?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Wht   Blk   His


Yes 61% 43% 80% 64% 62% 61% 58% 77% 72% No 35 53 17 32 36 34 39 18 24 DK/NA 4 4 3 4 3 5 3 5 4



20. Do you plan to watch the roll call of the states as they cast their ballots?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Wht   Blk   His


Yes 44% 36% 55% 45% 41% 48% 40% 64% 64% No 51 61 41 51 57 47 57 31 32 DK/NA 4 3 5 4 3 6 4 5 4



21. Do you plan to watch Bill Clinton's speech?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Wht   Blk   His


Yes 48% 25% 71% 51% 46% 49% 43% 71% 59% No 49 72 27 47 52 47 54 24 38 DK/NA 3 3 2 3 2 4 3 4 3



22. Do you plan to watch John Edwards' acceptance speech?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Wht   Blk   His


Yes 54% 40% 72% 55% 53% 55% 53% 60% 60% No 41 56 23 41 42 39 43 28 36 DK/NA 5 4 5 5 5 5 4 12 3



23. Do you plan to watch Ronald Reagan's son, Ron's speech?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Wht   Blk   His


Yes 47% 44% 52% 51% 41% 52% 47% 46% 55% No 48 53 43 45 55 42 49 48 40 DK/NA 5 3 6 5 4 5 4 6 5



24. Do you plan to watch Jimmy Carter's speech?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Wht   Blk   His


Yes 43% 32% 55% 43% 37% 48% 40% 52% 52% No 52 64 40 51 59 46 55 45 42 DK/NA 5 4 5 6 3 6 5 3 6



25. Do you plan to watch Barack Obama's keynote address?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Wht   Blk   His


Yes 21% 16% 27% 23% 19% 23% 20% 29% 27% No 63 71 55 63 66 61 65 54 58 DK/NA 15 13 18 14 15 16 15 17 15



26. How much of the television coverage of the convention do you plan to watch? Do you think you'll watch a great deal of the coverage, some of it, just a little, or none of it?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Wht   Blk   His


Great deal 22% 16% 33% 21% 21% 23% 20% 30% 31% Some 35 32 38 38 34 36 35 33 30 Little 28 31 22 26 29 26 28 28 34 None 14 20 6 15 15 13 16 7 6 DK/NA 1 1 1 - - 1 - 2 -



27. Do you think you will watch more of the television coverage of the Democratic convention or more of the coverage of the Republican convention?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Wht   Blk   His


Democratic 37% 4% 76% 34% 34% 39% 32% 63% 44% Republican 29 66 4 18 30 27 32 7 28 SAME/NEITHER(VOL) 31 27 18 44 33 29 32 27 24 DK/NA 3 3 1 4 3 4 3 2 5



28. Would you say the conventions are more boring or more interesting than they used to be?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Wht   Blk   His


More boring 38% 41% 36% 40% 46% 31% 42% 29% 22% More interesting 35 32 43 32 30 39 31 48 59 SAME(VOL) 10 10 10 11 10 10 10 8 10 DK/NA 17 17 11 18 13 20 17 14 10



29. How likely do you think it is that there will be a terrorist attack in Boston when the Democratic party holds its convention there this summer? Very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not likely at all?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Wht   Blk   His


Very likely 5% 5% 5% 4% 5% 4% 4% 8% 6% Smwht likely 23 22 27 23 19 27 23 25 28 Not very likely 38 40 35 39 38 38 41 25 33 Not likely at all 28 28 29 27 33 23 27 33 26 DK/NA 6 5 4 7 5 7 6 9 6