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
So if it is within the 5% error it means that there is a good chance that Ryan got 53% and Biden 41%...
Biden whooped Lyin' Ryan!
are you kidding me? it could not have been more clear who won the veep debate and it was not paul ryan! where do you get such data?
People have spoken - its RYAN ... YAY!
Biden seemed defensive, arrogant and condescending against Ryan. I am an independent and felt Biden was an over the top ass. I realize his experience and logngevity, but he really put me off. His facial expressions may have lost him and Obama the election.
I definitely liked Ryan's manners and demeanor over Biden's.
For real? Did you even watch it? Ryan got is butt handed to him.
UNCLE JOE took COUSIN RYAN to school period!!!!!
Who did they poll? Staffers at Romney HQ?
Please CNN ... Biden Won Hands Down !
Hey CNN, I have an idea. Instead of using these useless poll results and treating this like a sporting event, why don't you act like proper journalists and examine the integrity of the statements these were making. Fact check, and also gauge whether their statements were deceiving according to what their actual plans are. WHY IS THE AMERICAN MEDIA SO BAD???
I'm failing to see on Ryan won, and I like Ryan.
Why does the quick poll on your front page have 65% Biden 35% Ryan, then?
VP Biden was very rude.
Buden was the Joker tonight, he is not VP material.
Where is this poll being taken? Certainly at odds with al the others.
Did 48% of people watch the same debate as I did?
CNN must have weighed in on debate before it aired.
Vice president JOE BIDEN was clearly the winner on all issues.
Can anyone please explain why Romney interrupting and being rude is strong and shows he's a leader but Biden doing it, he's aggressive and offensive? And why Ryan seeming like he was getting smacked around is him being calm and collective while for Obama it's disappointing and a lack of preparedness? Double standards and hypocrisy, smh.
How come I didn't get to vote. I can't find a place on this page to vote and I think Biden won, so there.
Your poll results is an insult to my intelligence. Watch the debate from beginning to end.
and clearly VP Biden just dominated the exchange.
Biden won handily.
Ryan still didn't give straight answers
Biden was a little too interruptive
I think that Ryan failed to do anything to sustain the GOP bump. He and Romney will tangle themselves up ... I was against abortion before I was for it, before I was against it... There is to much misdirection. Too many secrets. And way to little details and facts about how the R's are going to do what they say....
So... on the character issue alone... (not mention their priorities and policies will screw the vulnerable, a big issue for me).... I reject the R's
I didn't realize it until just now, CNN you know it wasn't a draw and I have concluded that you have gone to the right side! I'm done with your network!!
Biden clearly won the debate. Why wouldn't Ryan give any specifics on the tax loopholes he would close? He either doesn't have a plan or is afraid of what we will think of his plan.