Clint Eastwood’s Chair Face-Off Bests Mitt Romney as RNC Highlight, Poll Shows

More Americans polled said Clint Eastwood, not Mitt Romney, was the RNC highlight.

Clint Eastwood’s highly publicized conversation with an empty chair was the highlight of last week's Republican National Convention, according to the latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

(Did Obama’s burn-tastic Twitter response influence the numbers?)

Of the 1,008 adults polled between August 31 and September 3, 20 percent said Eastwood’s speech was the standout event of the RNC (and 20 percent said there wasn’t a standout event). 

Related: Clint Eastwood Was Ad-Libbing in Odd Convention Appearance, says Romney Campaign

Mitt Romney’s GOP nomination acceptance came in second, drawing 17 percent of the vote, and Ann Romney's “I love you, women!” speech grabbed 10 percent.

Significantly fewer people polled watched the RNC this year, the Pew study reported.

Survey results show an overall viewer decline from the 2008 convention, which starred Sarah Palin (The GOP vice-presidential candidate snagged 50 percent of the top moment vote while John McCain, like Romney, pulled 17 percent). Thirty-seven percent watched "at least some coverage" in 2012, compared to 56 percent in 2008.

For full Pew Research Center results, click here.