Shortly after midnight following Thursday's vice presidential debate between U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Republican Congressman Paul Ryan, most major snap polls indicated that Biden was the big winner. These polls include:
- CNBC.com, which had Biden ahead of Ryan by 52% to 44% with over 133,000 responses;
- CBS News, whose poll of uncommitted voters gave Biden a large margin of 50% to 31%;
- ABC News, which indicated Biden winning by 56% to 44% with over 9,000 responses;
- CNN.com, which showed Biden beating Ryan by 66% to 34% with over 13,000 responses; and
- The Washington Post, which also had a big win for Biden, 65% to 35% with over 21,000 people taking the poll.
UPDATE: A new poll released on Friday by Reuters/Ipsos also has Biden as the winner over Ryan, by 42% to 35% among registered voters and a similar margin among independents.
Interestingly, one major poll which bucked this trend was also from CNN, along with ORC International, which gave the edge to Paul Ryan by 48% to 44%. However, that margin was within the poll's 5% sampling error, which essentially rendered it a dead heat. Moreover, the CNN/ORC poll was based on a relatively small sample of 381 debate watchers.
While these initial results could change in the coming hours and days because some or all of these polls were still ongoing at the time of this writing, they do offer a snapshot into a vice presidential debate that many media analysts and viewers say was quite exciting and contentious.
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