Just more than four-in-ten Americans (43%) say they are interested in following what happens at next week’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

That’s down significantly from the 59% who said they were interested in developments at the Democratic gathering in 2008 that made Barack Obama the party’s nominee for the first time.

In a survey done just before this year’s Republican convention in Tampa, 44% said they were very or fairly interested in following what happened at that gathering, compared with 48% on the eve of the 2008 GOP convention, and 46% in 2004.

In terms of advance interest in events at the Democratic convention, 55% say they are interested in learning about the Democratic platform, while nearly as many express interest in Obama’s acceptance speech (51%) and former president Bill Clinton’s convention speech (52%). Read More

Russell Heimlich  is a former web developer at Pew Research Center.