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Poll shows GOP VP nominee Ryan has growing support ahead of debate


NEW YORK (WTAQ) - A new poll gives Paul Ryan growing support in Wisconsin, as the Janesville House Republican gets ready for his debate Thursday night with Vice President Joe Biden.

The latest poll from Quinnipiac University, CBS News, and the New York Times shows that 47 percent of likely voters in Wisconsin think Ryan is qualified to be president if necessary.

Only 40 percent of Colorado voters and 34 percent in Virginia think Ryan’s qualified for the Oval Office.

49 percent of the Wisconsin voters surveyed believe Ryan will win Thursday night’s debate, and 32 percent think the Democrat Biden will win.

Voters in Colorado have Ryan winning 47 to 30, and Ryan’s favored in Virginia by a much smaller margin at 41-36.

Poll director Peter Brown says Ryan will have higher expectations to do well tonight than Romney did in debating President Obama last week. 46 percent of Wisconsin’s likely voters gave a favorable opinion of Ryan, more than the 38 percent in both Colorado and Virginia.

Just over a-quarter of the voters in the other two states said they did not know enough about the House Budget chairman to form an opinion about him. 18 of the Wisconsin voters were unfamiliar with Ryan.

The Quinnipiac poll has been focusing on the 3 states, as they’re considered swing states in the race for the White House.

Just over 1,300 likely voters in Wisconsin were surveyed from last Thursday through Tuesday.