Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #19861
 
Californians React to VP Debate: Independents Split, Moderates See Biden as Winner, But "Vote Swtichers" 3:2 Like Romney-Ryan:

1,000 California adults were interviewed by SurveyUSA immediately following tonight's Vice Presidential debate. Of the adults, 701 watched the debate. Results of debate watchers:

* 48% say Joe Biden clearly won the debate.
* 41% say Paul Ryan clearly won the debate.
* 10% say there was no clear winner.

In a "blue" state such as California, it is not surprising to find that more Democrats watched the debate than did Republicans. Looking just at the reaction of Independent voters, Biden and Ryan battle to an effective draw: 44% Biden, 42% Ryan. Looking just a moderates, Biden is seen as the winner, 50% to 38%.

22% say they changed which candidate for President they support as a result of the debate. Of those who tell SurveyUSA they changed their mind:

* 30% switched from the Obama ticket to the Romney ticket.
* 29% switched from undecided to the Romney ticket.
* A total of 59% switched to the Romney ticket.

* 20% switched from the Romney ticket to the Obama ticket.
* 20% switched from undecided to the Obama ticket.
* A total of 40% switched to the Obama ticket.

* 53% say Biden is ready to be President, if needed.
* 46% say Ryan is ready to be President, if needed.

 
1Did you watch tonight's debate?
1000 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.9%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Yes70%74%67%59%70%80%77%64%79%73%77%64%71%72%70%73%74%73%69%70%72%67%70%
No27%24%30%35%29%19%20%32%19%24%23%32%27%22%28%24%24%24%28%28%25%31%24%
Not Sure3%2%4%6%1%1%4%4%2%3%0%4%3%5%2%2%2%3%2%1%3%2%6%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%33%27%25%15%60%40%44%6%33%17%25%45%27%23%46%23%22%40%20%18%
 
 
2Was Paul Ryan the clear winner? Was Joe Biden the clear winner? Or, was there no clear winner?
701 Debate WatchersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.8%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Ryan41%44%38%45%37%42%41%41%42%43%27%43%38%68%24%44%71%38%18%46%41%51%27%
Biden48%45%51%45%58%43%45%51%44%44%62%48%52%17%70%42%18%50%77%37%51%35%66%
No Clear Winner10%10%10%9%5%13%14%7%13%12%6%8%8%14%5%14%10%12%5%16%7%12%6%
Not Sure1%1%1%1%0%1%0%1%1%0%5%1%2%2%1%0%1%0%0%1%1%2%0%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Debate Watchers100%52%48%28%27%29%17%55%45%46%6%30%17%26%45%28%24%48%22%22%41%19%18%
 
 
3Does Paul Ryan appear ready to step in as president, if needed?
701 Debate WatchersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.8%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Yes46%50%41%43%38%52%50%41%51%51%30%44%41%74%25%53%76%44%19%53%42%57%32%
No50%48%53%54%56%44%47%55%45%46%70%50%55%24%70%45%20%53%80%40%54%41%65%
Not Sure4%2%6%3%6%4%3%4%4%3%0%6%4%2%5%2%3%3%1%7%4%2%2%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Debate Watchers100%52%48%28%27%29%17%55%45%46%6%30%17%26%45%28%24%48%22%22%41%19%18%
 
 
4Does Joe Biden appear ready to step in as president, if needed?
701 Debate WatchersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.8%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Yes53%51%55%52%54%53%53%53%53%52%69%51%52%31%69%48%25%56%77%48%57%39%65%
No43%45%40%40%44%43%44%42%43%43%26%47%40%63%29%47%67%41%21%48%37%57%34%
Not Sure4%4%5%7%2%5%4%4%4%4%5%2%9%6%1%5%8%3%2%5%6%4%2%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Debate Watchers100%52%48%28%27%29%17%55%45%46%6%30%17%26%45%28%24%48%22%22%41%19%18%
 
 
5As a result of this debate, did you change your mind about who you will vote for?
701 Debate WatchersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Yes22%27%18%31%19%22%15%25%19%17%15%35%19%14%21%33%18%28%16%20%26%18%21%
No75%71%79%66%79%75%82%73%78%80%81%64%77%84%78%61%81%68%82%77%70%80%77%
Not Sure3%2%3%3%2%3%4%2%3%3%4%1%5%2%1%6%1%4%2%3%3%2%3%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Debate Watchers100%52%48%28%27%29%17%55%45%46%6%30%17%26%45%28%24%48%22%22%41%19%18%
 
 
6Did you switch from Romney to Obama? From Obama to Romney? From undecided to Obama? Or from undecided to Romney?
157 Who Changed Their MindAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 8%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Romney To Obama20%22%15%26%14%13%23%22%16%18%**21%12%24%13%21%20%21%12%21%21%27%7%
Obama To Romney30%27%36%26%21%38%46%24%40%23%**37%22%28%45%17%28%30%40%36%34%24%20%
Undecided To Obama20%21%19%8%49%18%9%23%15%20%**11%54%16%18%25%14%24%14%22%14%12%42%
Undecided To Romney29%30%28%40%14%30%21%30%27%35%**31%12%29%23%37%35%24%32%17%31%36%32%
Other1%0%2%0%2%2%1%1%2%3%**0%0%3%1%0%3%0%1%3%0%1%0%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Who Changed Their Mind100%62%38%39%23%28%11%61%39%34%4%47%14%16%42%40%19%60%16%20%48%15%17%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.