8:27 am Oct. 12, 2012
Unlike last week, the winner of last night's vice presidential debate depends on who you ask.
An instant-reaction CNN poll gave it to Ryan by a nose, 48 percent to 44 percent, but the sample included more Republicans than Democrats.
Biden won relatively handily in a CBS News poll, with 50 percent declaring him the winner, compared to just 31 percent for Ryan.
Both men over-performed slightly, with just over 50 percent of respondents saying each candidate did better than they had expected, in the CNN poll. Ryan won the questions about likeability and clarity by about 10 points, and Biden took 70 percent when asked who was attacking more.
But neither moved their numbers much; each gained a modest three points on their favorability from pre-debate to post-debate.
Just over a quarter of respondents said the debate made them more likely to vote for Mitt Romney, and just under a quarter said the same about Obama. Half said it wouldn't matter to them.