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Ohio Poll: Palin-Biden Debate is Split-Decision

SurveyUSA Breaking News - 10/03/08 02:18 PM

SurveyUSA interviewed 900 Ohio adults, of whom 620 watched the debate last night between Republican Sarah Palin and Democrat Joe Biden. Of debate watchers:

  • 37% say Palin was the clear winner.
  • 38% say Biden was the clear winner.
  • 24% say there was no clear winner.

Debate audience was 31% Republican, 37% Democrat, 24% Independent.

  • 47% say their opinion of Palin went up. 18% say their opinion of Palin went down.
  • 38% say their opinion of Biden went up. 22% say their opinion of Biden went down.

Ohio 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.

More:

  • 50% say that Biden makes the Democratic ticket stronger, 17% say he makes the ticket weaker, 32% say he makes no difference.
  • 51% say that Palin makes the Republican ticket stronger, 33% say she makes the ticket weaker, 16% say she makes no difference.
  • 76% of Republicans and 56% overall think Palin would be a better Vice President than Dick Cheney.
  • 28% of Republicans and 57% overall think Biden would be a better Vice President than Dick Cheney.

SurveyUSA state of Ohio research conducted exclusively for WCMH-TV Columbus, WHIO-TV Dayton, and WKYC-TV Cleveland.

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