Note: This is a special guest post by Taylor Griffin from Hamilton Place Strategies.
Vice Presidential Debates are usually side-skirmishes that don’t draw the same level of interest as the Presidential main events.
But more people say they are “very likely” to watch tonight’s VP debate than said they were “very likely” to watch last week’s Presidential match-up. The growth in plans to watch provide a good indication that the last debate had an impact.
According to a Civic Science poll conducted in the days leading up to both debates, 53% said they were “very likely” to tune in to tonight’s Biden-Ryan match-up — 11% more than said they were very likely to watch the first round of Obama-Romney.
Republicans, buoyed no-doubt by Mitt Romney’s performance last week, showed the biggest increase in interest. Fully two-thirds of Republicans plan to watch tonight versus 42% before last week’s debate, an increase of 17%. Half of independents said they planned to watch tonight versus 42% last week. Democrats were about the same.