Danville, Kentucky (CNN) - Call it a draw.
Forty-eight percent of voters who watched the vice presidential debate think that Rep. Paul Ryan won the showdown, according to a CNN/ORC International nationwide poll conducted right after Thursday night's faceoff. Forty-four percent say that Vice President Joe Biden was victorious. The Republican running mate's four point advantage among a debate audience that was more Republican than the country as a whole is within the survey's sampling error.
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Half of all debate watchers questioned in the poll said the showdown didn't make them more likely to vote for either of the candidates' bosses, 28% said the debate made them more likely to vote for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and 21% said the faceoff made them more likely to vote to re-elect President Barack Obama.
According to the survey, 55% said that the vice president did better than expected, with 51% saying that the congressman from Wisconsin performed better than expected.
By a 50%-41% margin, debate watchers say that Ryan rather than Biden better expressed himself.
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Seven in ten said Biden was seen as spending more time attacking his opponent, and that may be a contributing factor in Ryan's 53%-43% advantage on being more likable. Ryan also had a slight advantage on being more in touch with the problems of average Americans.
One of the top jobs for the candidates in a vice presidential debate is to convince Americans that they would be able to step into the top job if something happened to the president. The poll indicates that both men were seen as qualified to be president if necessary, by roughly equal numbers.
"This poll does not and cannot reflect the views of all Americans. It only represents the views of people who watched the debate and by definition cannot be an indication of how the entire American public will react to Wednesday's debate in the coming days," cautions CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
One-third of the respondents who participated in tonight's survey identified themselves as Republicans, with 31% identifying themselves as Democrats, and 34% identifying themselves as independents.
"That indicates that the sample of debate watchers is more Republican than an average of recent CNN polls of all Americans," adds Holland.
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The CNN poll was conducted by ORC International, with 381 registered voters nationwide who watched the debate questioned by telephone. All interviews were conducted after the end of the debate. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus five percentage points.
A CBS News poll of uncommitted voters who watched the debate gave Biden the edge over Ryan by a 50%-31% margin. Uncommitted voters made up roughly ten percent or less of the debate audience.
CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story
No way. Biden was by far the winner. No question.
Right after the debate 3 of the pundits felt it was a draw. I thought Joe handed it to Ryan, straight. The media pundits
cited appearance points against Biden. I'm at the point I don't care about how a guy looks, picks his nose, grunts or
sweats ( not that any did that stuff) ; I want the facts and a solid delivery. Biden came out the more straight forward of the two. The media wants a close race- sells more tickets to the "game."
felt sorry for Ryan – totally out of his league 80% of the debate. Romney's choice
I'm sorry, did we not watch the same debate?
Biden repeatedly exposed Ryan. It wasn't even close.
I like Biden, but he came off as kind of a jerk. The laughing was really rude. Obama can do better in the next debate.
You must be sh!!ting me!! Biden so won that debate!
Biden won the debate, he is talking with experience
Biden won ...is voting closed already?.
Tell us again how Ryan was winning as Biden looked directly into the camera and talked to seniors in clear terms while Ryan fubmled over his closing (unspecified) loopholes spiel.
Did we watch the same debate!? Joe Biden cleary won!
CBS Poll and NBC Poll Biden won by 50+% to Ryan's 39% or less.
Ryan could make the math work so he just kept talking so fast I couldn't understand what in the world he was saying. Biden could make the point. Ryan had to keep taking sips of water he was so nervous.
Sorry libs, rude and smirking Biden loses the poll. No class, no vote from me.
I am totally ashamed that the Vice President of this country, a supposed diplomat, could behave so very badly. Rude doesnt cover it. Childish, defensive, rude, impatient, intolerant and brat-ish. Completely unacceptable public behavior. Imagine THAT behavior in a president! I think not.
Well, we tried, again!!! Next week we'll get the trophy
Ryan was as truthful about the GOP's plans for taxes and Medicare as he was about his marathon time. Shouldn't kids have a vice president they can look up to? Do we need a vice president so vain and insecure that he has to take 30% off his marathon time so he can look like a "stud"?
How Ryan can win this debate? He sounded just like Sara Palin 4 years ago. This poll is dead wrong!
Whom are you polling? Ryan spouted memorized numbers; Biden, real world effects. I am amazed and mystified at CNN's polling "results." And yes – I listened to the entire debate on NPR.
Thank God for Joe !!!!
Biden mopped the floor with Lyin' Ryan.
How can people say that Biden was over the top, but don't think that Romney was a complete ass during the first debate.
Besides, calling someone out on being a liar is not the same thing as being a jerk. Don't want to be interrupted? Quit telling boldfaced lies.
Message to GOP "Don't send a child to do a man's job" ..Once sided match, Biden won!! ...Next!
Biden crushed it, we're tired of hearing GOP bs
Canada rules, USA drools!!