Pew: Voters View Biden Unfavorably, Split Over Ryan

Voters have an unfavorable view of Vice President Joe Biden, while opinion of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is divided, a new poll from Pew Research Center released Wednesday shows.

On the eve of his Thursday night debate with Ryan, Biden’s personal popularity is much lower than it was four years ago.  Only 39 percent of registered voters nationwide have a favorable view of the vice president, compared with 51 percent who have an unfavorable view.  Ahead of his 2008 vice presidential debate with Sarah Palin, Biden enjoyed a favorability rating of 53 percent, while only 31 percent had an unfavorable view of the former Delaware senator.

Ryan is viewed slightly more positively by voters: 44 percent told Pew they have a favorable impression of the House Budget Committee chairman, compared with 40 percent who view him unfavorably.