Tonight Mitt Romney will take the stage in Tampa, Florida to make a speech at the Republican National Convention to a national television audience. Next week it will be President Obama and the Democrats doing the same in Charlotte, North Carolina. The speeches must be pretty important, they even moved the first NFL game of the year to a Wednesday night next week so everyone would watch. The real question though is, does anyone really care?

At these giant political powwows, both sides will pump themselves up well downing the opponent to try and convince the television-watching public that they should vote for their candidates come November 6.

According to a new poll from Rasmussen of 1,000 likely voters forty-four percent of the poll’s respondents said that political conventions are “a waste of time and money.” Thirty-five percent disagreed with that assessment and 22 percent were undecided on the value of political conventions.