Here Are The Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #14499

Geography Surveyed: State of Washington
Data Collected: 10/02/2008
Release Date: 10/02/2008 11:05 PM ET
Sponsor: KING-TV Seattle

State of Washington Awards Split-Decision on Palin-Biden Vice Presidential Debate: Immediately following tonight's debate between Republican Sarah Palin and Democrat Joe Biden, SurveyUSA interviewed 1,100 state of Washington adults, of whom 806 watched tonight's debate.

Of debate watchers: 42% say Palin was the clear winner. 39% say Biden was the clear winner. 18% say there was no clear winner.

Debate audience was 26% Republican, 33% Democrat, 34% Independent. Republicans by 6:1 saw Palin as the winner. Democrats by 5:1 saw Biden as the winner. Independents, the most critical and coveted group, broke 5:4 for Palin.

Of debate watchers:
52% say their opinion of Palin went up. 19% say their opinion of Palin went down.
42% say their opinion of Biden went up. 20% say their opinion of Biden went down.

Washington state debate watchers say: Palin was more likable. Biden had a better command of the facts. Biden was more ready to assume the office of President, should that become necessary.

54% say that Biden makes the Democratic ticket stronger, 17% say he makes the ticket weaker, 27% say he makes no difference.
47% say that Palin makes the Republican ticket stronger, 35% say she makes the ticket weaker, 17% say she makes no difference.

82% of Republicans and 60% overall think Palin would be a better Vice President than Dick Cheney.
31% of Republicans and 63% overall think Biden would be a better Vice President than Dick Cheney.

SurveyUSA state of Washington research conducted exclusively for KING-TV Seattle.


1
  Asked of 806 debate watchers
  Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 3.5%

Was Sarah Palin the clear winner? Was Joe Biden the clear winner? Or was there no clear winner?

42% Palin
39% Biden
18% No Clear Winner
1% Not Sure

2
  Asked of 806 debate watchers
  Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 3.5%

Did your opinion of Sarah Palin go up? down? Or stay the same?

52% Up
19% Down
29% Same

3
  Asked of 806 debate watchers
  Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 3.5%

Did your opinion of Joe Biden go up? down? Or stay the same?

42% Up
20% Down
39% Same

4
  Asked of 806 debate watchers
  Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 3.5%

Who had a better command of the facts?

36% Palin
49% Biden
15% Not Sure

5
  Asked of 806 debate watchers
  Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 3.5%

Who was more likeable?

51% Palin
34% Biden
14% Not Sure

6
  Asked of 806 debate watchers
  Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 3.5%

Who appears more ready to assume the office of President, if that should become necessary?

36% Palin
54% Biden
10% Not Sure

7
  Asked of 806 debate watchers
  Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 3.5%

Who had the best one-liner tonight?

49% Palin
30% Biden
21% Not Sure

8
  Asked of 806 debate watchers
  Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 3.5%

Does Joe Biden make the Democratic ticket stronger, weaker, or does he make no difference?

54% Stronger
17% Weaker
27% No Difference
2% Not Sure

9
  Asked of 806 debate watchers
  Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 3.5%

Does Sarah Palin make the Republican ticket stronger, weaker, or does she makes no difference?

47% Stronger
35% Weaker
17% No Difference
1% Not Sure

10
  Asked of 806 debate watchers
  Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 2.1%

Was the moderator of the debate, Gwen Ifill, fair to both candidates? Unfair to Palin? Or Unfair to Biden?

90% Fair To Both
8% Unfair To Palin
2% Unfair To Biden
1% Not Sure

11
  Asked of 806 debate watchers
  Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 3.4%

Would Sarah Palin be a better Vice President than Dick Cheney? Worse? Or would she be no different than Cheney?

60% Better
15% Worse
21% No Different
3% Not Sure

12
  Asked of 806 debate watchers
  Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 3.4%

Would Joe Biden be a better Vice President than Dick Cheney? Worse? Or would he be no different than Cheney?

63% Better
21% Worse
14% No Different
1% Not Sure

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