September 15th, 2008
09:50 AM ET
10 years ago

Poll of polls: Dead heat in Ohio battleground

McCain and Obama are tied in Ohio.

McCain and Obama are tied in Ohio.

(CNN) - It all came down to Ohio in the last presidential election. 2008 could be a sequel.

A new CNN poll of polls of the latest surveys in Ohio suggest the race for the state and its crucial 20 electoral votes is a dead heat.

Republican presidential nominee John McCain is the choice of 46 percent of Ohio likely voters, one point ahead of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, according to the poll compiled Monday morning. Nine percent of those questioned are undecided.

The CNN poll of polls is an average of the most recent surveys in Ohio, using a Suffolk University poll conducted Sept. 10-13, a University of Cincinnati survey taken Sept. 5-10, and a Quinnipiac University poll conducted Sept. 5-9. All three surveys were taken after the completion of both party's political conventions.

Both campaigns are spending a lot of time and money campaigning in the Buckeye state. George W. Bush's victory in Ohio in 2004 clinched his re-election as president.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (198 Responses)
  1. Patty

    I see BO sent the Hill-dog in yesterday to do some damage control. Two problems with that. He and the party and the pundits spent the last year telling us what liars she and Bill are, and every time she calls for BO's election, we all know she has her fingers crossed. Too bad you blew it., Barry.

    September 15, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  2. proud army and navy mom

    Way to go Ohio.....Lets press ahead we need McCain to turn this country around. Obama will not create jobs with his plan to tax the life out of companies and workers.

    I am not sure why Obama thinks taxing everything and everyone is good for the economy.

    September 15, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  3. On the outside looking in

    Middle america is scared of radical change, a black man in power is radical change, so 4 more years of Bush policies and a pit bull with lipstick vice president is not so bad after all.

    September 15, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. CW4Barack

    Go Barack....we have your back!

    September 15, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  5. obama for me

    Your polls are underestimating the black vote and the hispanic vote which is enough to put obama on top in November. I just don't understand how you've interviewed one thousand people out of three hundred million and say McCain is ahead in popular vote. This is nothing but tricks to sway voters and play on their mind.

    September 15, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  6. cecil

    We will take no lectures from John McCain, Cindy McCain Or There Supporters who are cynically running the sleaziest and least honorable campaign in modern Presidential campaign history. His discredited ads with disgusting lies are running all over the country today. He runs a campaign not worthy of the office he is seeking."

    America, Do We Really Want A Bold Face Liar As President?

    Wake Up America, And Start Reading And Stop Looking For Sound Bits Only!

    September 15, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  7. College students will decide Ohio

    September 25: That's the date Ohioans can register and vote at the same time. Get ready for a flood of university students voting for Obama that week. That's 400,000+ plus voters, who side with Obama 5 to 1.

    September 15, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  8. OUObama

    Don't believe the hype. Americans aren't dumb enough to re-elect McBush. If he does by shear luck win. I don't want to hear a word about gas prices and unsubstantiated wars.

    By the way, have fun signing your kids up for the upcoming draft.


    September 15, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    The American people got a wake up call and reality check over the weekend and this morning. The Economy. Those Wall Street firms failed by abusing their investor's money. The abuse was made possible by proponents of small government, who deregulated how they are allowed to do business.

    There's nothing wrong with small government. The debate in this country is over how much is really needed. When does regulation reach the point of diminishing returns, is the debate. It would seem one point of view is more inaccurate than the other.

    September 15, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  10. Brooke in PA

    Ohio will go red and so will Pennsylvania. We're bitter Americans remember?

    MCCAIN/PALIN 2008!!!!!

    Even my family who are arch Dems and most voting for Obama have conceded that he's not going to win.

    September 15, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  11. texas voter

    Palin is energizing the GOP ticket, how wonderful for you all, I see some early celebrating. Now who is the head of the ticket, I forget his name. GO PALIN!!!!! PALIN is hot McCain is not, what a Joke he has become!!!

    September 15, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  12. LET IT GO

    Yeah right and McCain is going to make the economy better lol. This is so sad People Wake UP!

    September 15, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  13. RKing

    Look at the website: The Real John McCain Less Jobs More Wars
    There are several videos of him that will give you a good picture of why the ladies on The View knew it was important to ask these questions. There is also an online petition being forwarded to people on the internet with many doctors names on it requesting that John McCain release his medical records without the doctors or news people being restricted to a time limit like last time. He is on about six medications and the melanoma, unfortunately, is a very serious condition that can come back on internal organs without any evidence until it's too late. There are many issues that are important to consider before voting this man into office and that includes his mental clarity and tendency to distort the truth.

    September 15, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  14. Montana is Obama Country

    CNN... your POLL is NOT scientific..! Your poll is a congloboration of a variety of polls. It has no value, bearings or credibility..

    Post this CNN..

    September 15, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  15. FactCheck

    > Once again-EXCELLENT NEWS!!!-Bye Bye BO-people are finally
    > waking up and realizing that BO just doesn't cut it!!!

    Boy you just don't get it do you? Look at the electoral map: Obama can loose Ohio and still win the election. McCain absolutely HAS to win Ohio to have any shot. You are right though, it is good news considering that McCain was up by 6-9 points in Ohio just a few weeks ago.

    September 15, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  16. Karen

    Barack Obama will lower taxes for 95% of Americans. No longer will the oil companies and other corporations control Washington. Are you better off than you were seven years ago? Does the news of Wall Street scare you today? It scares me. John McCain will continue the Bush policies of the last seven years, and it won't get any better. John McCain will continue to do the same Bush things over and over again and expect different results. Barack Obama has been the change candidate from the start. Don't let McCain's all-of-a-sudden message of "change" fool you. He has sunk to such a low level and is no longer worthy of the respect he once had. McCain puts himself first before his country every day. Finally, my only child, a son, will be 17 in a couple of years. I don't want war monger in the White House who agrees that re-instituting the draft is a good idea. He can't have him.

    September 15, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  17. Chuck

    Sarah Palin could sacrifice Bambi on the steps of the Supreme Court under a full moon at midnight while dancing to the music of Santana.....

    I'd still vote for McCain/Palin before I'd vote for the socialist bigot named Obama.

    September 15, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  18. Valerie - North Carolina

    Ohio residents should review the last 8 years of the Republicans in office and decide it they want more of the same. War of choice in Iraq with no end in sight, national debt out of sight. Exporting good-paying jobs over seas, failure to recognize global warming, objecting to stem-cell research with all the great possibilities it holds, tax breaks to the most wealthy Americans, deciding the country's energy policy in secret plus so much more that they are too numerous to mention. It was to the point that I no longer believed anything that George Bush had to say and McCane voted with Bush 90% of the time. Now McCane, supposed to be the "The Straight Talk Express" is using lies, even recognized by the lie king-maker, Carl Rove, as just too much over the top. If this is your idea of government, vote for McCane. However, f you want well-educated, intelligent people running this country – vote for Obama. Obama is a man of principal, a clear-thinker with a vision and the ability to carry it through to repair the immense damage done by the Republicans. I see John McCane as the past and Barack Obama as the future.

    A Southern Senior Lady – Independent Voter

    September 15, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  19. Steve

    After all the bad economy new from Wall Street this morning anyone who's even considering putting McBush in the White House had to be a MORON. All that had and is happening now happened with the current MORON in the White House. Corrupted IDIOT. McWar even said himself he KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT THE ECONOMY. NOW THAT STRAIGHT TALK. AND FOR ONCE HE TOLD THE TRUTH.

    Americans showed how DUMB they were by electing BUSH twice when the record showed he DISTROYED EVER COMPANY HE EVER RAN INTO THE GROUND. And now the same FOOLS want to give McSurge the chance to FINISH THE JOB BUSH started.


    September 15, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  20. Jun

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me third time, ...?

    September 15, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  21. Becky

    Elections have a great way of splitting up the country. I'm either going to be REALLY excited or REALLY sad. But at least I'll know I did my part by voting. Please, people, vote on the issues and not the personalities. The SNL skit with Tina Fey was HILARIOUS!!! The reason why VP selections are so important this year is because the Republican VP could very well be a heartbeat away from being the POTUS, and THAT is scary. I've read many commenters say that after watching Sarah Palin's ABC interview that they realized she is way over her head–a "likeable" candidate but not someone they can entrust with the VP spot. So true. (Though I personally don't think Sarah Palin is likeable. I don't like blatant liars! I'm no fool.)

    September 15, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  22. kevin

    wow the eduction level of mcain supporters is quite relevant here, you folks are sad, obama will win, mcant is the most disingenuous candidate ive ever seen, he is a joke, but not as funny as the crazy cooky hockey mommy from alaska, now there is a prime example of mcains lack of concern for this country, she wasnt even on the list of 10, she was choosen at the last second, so he could swing idiototic voters his way, shes not qualified, and frankly she an embaressment to most, her views are so pathetic, on womens rights,religion ect..
    what a joke, anyway just be happy nay sayers cause in a few years from now youll be very pleased with the way obama has turned this country around
    obama our next president,... thank god

    September 15, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  23. swalker3237

    The polls are not accurate. Americans will not fall for the scam they fell for in 2004. Grandpa and Dumbo will not prevail.



    September 15, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  24. Linda from Prescott AZ

    Senator Obama will win Ohio.

    September 15, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  25. Seattle Sue

    I just watched McCain at his rally in Florida. As he was speaking the stock market is falling again and he is telling us that the economy is still strong. Is this man complelely out of the loop or is this just one more lie from him?

    September 15, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
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