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CNN Poll: Ryan Wins But Blitzer Calls it a Tie

Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 11:36 PM

By Martin Gould

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Paul Ryan narrowly won the vice presidential debate, according to a CNN poll taken immediately after it ended.

The challenger won 48 percent of the vote to incumbent Joe Biden¹s 44 percent, the network said. He also bested Biden in virtually every other category.

But host Wolf Blitzer insisted the decision actually was a draw as the margin of error on the poll was 5 percent, He said both parties should be pleased with their man's performance.

The poll also said that 51 percent thought Ryan did better than expected, with 19 percent saying he did worse than expected. When the same question was asked about Biden, 55 percent said he did better and 26 percent said he did worse.

It showed that 28 percent said that Ryan helped Mitt Romney more than Biden helped President Barack Obama, while just 21 percent said the other way round. That esult prompted Blitzer to say “All the indications are, this was a draw.”

Other responses showed that Ryan was considered more likeable by a 53 to 43 percent margin; he expressed himself better by 50 to 41 percent and seven out of 10 respondents said Biden spent more time attacking his opponent.

But Blitzer kept insisting that the poll showed the two men were equal. Even when it showed that the debate showed 28 percent saying they were more likely to vote for Romney and Ryan with just 21 percent saying they were more likely to vote for Obama and Biden, he said, "All the indications are, this was a draw."

CNN also reported that, just like in last week's the first presidential debate, the Democrat spoke more than the Republican. Biden came out at 41 minutes, 32 seconds, while Ryan spoke for 40 minutes, 12 seconds.

At last week¹s presidential debate, President Barack Obama spoke for some four minutes more than Republican challenger Mitt Romney.




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