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Biden had the edge in VP debate: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Biden had the edge in VP debate: Reuters/Ipsos poll

By Gabriel Debenedetti, Fri Oct 12, 2012 5:07pm EDT

(Reuters) - Vice President Joe Biden came out on top of Thursday night's vice presidential debate with Republican challenger Paul Ryan, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

The energetic Biden claimed a seven-point victory - 42 percent to 35 percent - among registered voters, with a similar margin among independents. Nearly a quarter of registered voters and about a third of independents were unsure who did a better job during the debate at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.

Democrats will be hoping Biden's performance helps President Barack Obama recover from a week-long slide in the polls after his poor showing against Mitt Romney in the first presidential debate on October 3. Thursday's Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll showed Romney leading Obama 47 percent to 44 percent nationwide.

Biden, 69, interrupted Ryan, 42, on multiple occasions and spent much of the debate grinning when his opponent spoke, leading some conservative commentators to accuse Biden of being rude. But while both sides claimed victory, neither Biden's nor Ryan's favorability numbers changed considerably over the course of the debate, and Biden maintained his lead in this measure. After the debate, 54 percent of registered voters held a favorable opinion of Biden, compared to 50 percent for Ryan.

Nearly half of independents said Biden had not changed their view of him, and close to three quarters said the same for Ryan. But this was not true of all independents.

Independents did grow more favorable toward Ryan and less favorable toward Biden during the debate, but the small sample size of independents makes it difficult to draw conclusions.

Voters said Biden was more qualified to be president, as the vice president moved from 43 to 45 percent on that question over the course of the debate, and Ryan stayed at 35 percent. The Wisconsin congressman's presence on the Romney ticket may also cause trouble for the Republican Party: 27 percent of registered voters said Ryan made them less favorable toward Romney, up from 21 percent before the debate.

The online poll surveyed 629 registered voters after the debate. The credibility interval was 3.1 percentage points for polling before the debate and 4.5 percent after the debate.

by Anonymousreply 810/12/2012

I'm happy with the number of independents who were in favor of Biden. If it were election day, it might be enough to give Obama/Biden an edge.

by Anonymousreply 110/12/2012

[quote]The energetic Biden claimed a seven-point victory - 42 percent to 35 percent

7 points is not an edge.

7 points is a clear win.

by Anonymousreply 210/12/2012

R2, it's a win, but is it enough to overcome the thirty point lead Romney had on Obama last week?

The swing state polls out today and for the past week in Romney's direction are scary.

by Anonymousreply 310/12/2012

Point take r3, but it is a win. Do not diminish that by sticking it with other things in order to make Joe seem like he squeaked by.

He didn't; he won.

by Anonymousreply 410/12/2012

Obama has two more chances.

by Anonymousreply 510/12/2012

I'm glad Biden won, but I cast my vote before it occurred.

by Anonymousreply 610/12/2012

R6 - Voting for Jill Stein in a battleground state is just plain stupid. Didn't you recall what happened in 2000?

by Anonymousreply 710/12/2012

It doesn't matter, WE said Paul Ryan won the debate.

by Anonymousreply 810/12/2012
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