Ryan Won Vice-Presidential Debate, 48 Percent Say in CNN Poll

Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan won tonight’s debate with Vice President Joe Biden, according to a CNN/ORC International poll of 381 registered voters who watched the nationally televised event.

Forty-eight percent of those surveyed said Ryan fared better in the vice-presidential debate, compared with 44 percent for Biden, according to results aired on CNN after the event concluded. The results were within the survey’s five-percentage-point margin of error.

Biden was declared the winner over Ryan by 50 percent to 31 percent in a poll of 431 uncommitted voters conducted by CBS News/GfK after the debate. Fifty-six percent thought Biden would be an effective president if necessary, compared with 49 percent for Ryan, according to the CBS poll.

Tonight’s showdown in Danville, Kentucky, gained added significance after a majority of voters said President Barack Obama lost to Republican challenger Mitt Romney in their first debate on Oct. 3. Romney has since gained in national and state polls.

The two presidential candidates will meet in two more debates later this month.

Sixty-seven percent of those surveyed by CNN after the Oct. 3 debate said Romney fared better, compared with 25 percent for Obama, according to results aired on CNN after it concluded. Forty-six percent said they found Romney more likeable, compared with 45 percent for Obama, CNN reported.

The CNN post-debate poll on Oct. 3 interviewed 430 Americans and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

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