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Biden had edge in VP debate, according to Reuters/Ipsos poll

  • U.S. Vice President Joe Biden emerging victorious following Thursday night's vice presidential debate with Republican rival Paul Ryan, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

    Biden boasted a lead of 7 points, sitting at 42 percent to 35 percent, among registered voters. He notched up a similar margin among independents.

    Democrats are looking at Biden to help President Barack Obama regain some ground after a week-long slide in the polls after his poor performance against Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in the first presidential debate on October 3.

    The latest Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll showed Romney leading Obama 47 percent to 44 percent nationwide.

    Following the sole vice presidential debate, 54 percent of registered voters held a favorable opinion of Biden, compared to 50 percent for Ryan.

    Voters also felt Biden was more qualified to be president, as the vice president moved up from 43 to 45 percent after the debate. Ryan stayed at 35 percent.

    The Wisconsin congressman as running mate on the Romney ticket may also hit the Republican Party on November 6: 27 percent of registered voters said Ryan made them less favorable toward Romney, an increase from 21 percent before the debate.

    The online poll surveyed 629 registered voters. The credibility interval was 3.1 percentage points for polling before the debate and 4.5 percent after the debate.