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. Spencer from VA

    If I said it once, I've said it a million times. Polls are not accurate. They do not account for the 4 million new registered voters that Sen. Obama has brought to the table.

    Now in unison, let's say LANDSLIDE!!!!


    September 15, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  2. katiec

    Do not put much stock in polls, especially this early.
    I have faith the American people have enough intelligence
    to not support the further destruction of our country.
    The republican party has nothing to run on but lies
    distortions, attacks, swiftboating.
    Accomplishments, they have none.
    Policies, the policies they have supported have put
    our country in the worse shape it has ever been
    Record, criminal.
    Our survival depends on this election.

    September 15, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  3. Tim

    McCain leads in Ohio? Seriously...Ohio has lost more manufacturing jobs, under the current administration than any other state, under the current administration. Are those people that loyal that they would sacrifice the financial stability of their families for the Republican party?

    September 15, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  4. Ron

    The image of Obama and McCain featured in this story is very telling. Notice Obama having to hold McCain up so he doesn't topple over.

    September 15, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  5. Trysh

    That's fine by me. I live in Cali and we have issues, but Ohio and all those middle America swing states are the main ones who will suffer during a McCain/Palin administration. Personally, I pray for the whole country, but I feel no pain for those who are suffering with job loss and no health care and can't afford gas or groceries in those areas, because THEY are the idiots who voted in Bush again. And if they decide to vote for McCain I will be laughing at them for the next four years too. We can all do better, but if they'd rather get worse than have a Black man in office, I wish them luck in being first in line at the shelters. LOL

    September 15, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  6. Jeff

    Come on Ohio, you scrwed this up the last time and left the country in the capable hands of GW Bush. Are you really better off now then you were 8 years ago? Do you really think yet another Bushie type in the white house is going to change things for you? Wake up Ohio!!!

    September 15, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  7. B E in TN

    Sarah Palin is a caribou with the headlights!!!!

    September 15, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  8. Central Scruitinizer

    How can anyone want 4 more years of this? Now India wants 500,000 visas for thier people to come to America so the can have AMERICANS removed from their jobs because they will accept 30% less pay and almost no benefits!!!! And the current administration is doing NOTHING!!!! This is outsourcing RIGHT INSIDE THE USA!!! This does bring out the redneck in me in regards to taking care of AMERICANS FIRST especially inside our own borders. If this is allowed to happen then it can never be said that BUSH/ MCSAME give a rats ### about the people that elected them.

    September 15, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  9. Kev

    It's funny that there are so many comments viewing a dead heat in Ohio as a win for John McCain. McCain was up in the state by as much as 5 pts as little as a week ago, the state is moving back toward Barack Obama after the RNC bounce and Palin mania subside.

    McCain has lost his integrity in trying to win this election.

    September 15, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  10. Jan

    Let's start the like it's 1929! Too late people, should have, could have, it's just the start. What's to reform??? Free markets??

    September 15, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  11. Gracie

    Not a problem, it's NOT the polls that matters it's the electoral votes. So this is where the TRUE battle begins, right now Sen. Obama has the lead by 10+

    September 15, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  12. Todd in SC

    How anyone can drive around northeast Ohio or the Akron/Canton area and see all the closed businesses and factories and still think Republicans are good for the economy is beyond me. Under this administration Cleveland, Oh went from a proud, hardworking, blue collar town to the POOREST in America. To all you people who are too stupid to read, or do ANY research on the candidates and you then go vote for McCain, WHEN the economy gets worse, and you lose your homes, don't come crying to us. Also, Sen. Obama has pledged to CUT TAXES FOR 95 % OF ALL AMERICANS. So unless you make 250000+ per year you WILL GET A TAX CUT UNDER OBAMA. Under McCain, you will see a TAX INCREASE because he wants to TAX your already less than stellar medical benefits you pay for. WAKE UP PEOPLE, THIS ELECTION IS TO IMPORTANT TO BE DISTRACTED BY LIES AND REPUBLICAN FEARMONGERING.

    September 15, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  13. roxy

    Remember in 2004 when no one thought Bush could win. I'm a republican and thought that. Well the tide is turning this year too. McCain will turn this into a win. I think McCain picking Palin put light on to Obama's inexperience. I also think all the liberal fringe groups that went after Palin and turned violent in Minnesota, turned Americans off. Americans don't see themselves belonging to these groups.

    September 15, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  14. The truth hurts

    For those who thought Whoopi question to Mccain was out of line:

    Her question was not out of line because Mccain voted against renewing the voter's acts bill!! People you need to educate yourself before you speak. This bill give minorities and women of all colors the right to vote!! Do some homework. That's why she made the comment are you going to send me back to slavery!! And for all you women who is voting for Mccain, you are either brainwashed or ignorant!! Mccain have voted against all women rights and choices!!

    September 15, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  15. kyra

    Obama/Biden 08!!!

    September 15, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  16. Bulldog

    Go McCain, tell them how the economy is fundamentaly sound and is better off than it was 8 years ago. Tell them, or are you admitting that your judgement is WAY OFF.

    September 15, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  17. bruja

    Ohio again!! The world thanks you!
    (At least the Russians and the Chinese!!!! They are laughing theyr buts of)

    September 15, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  18. Sharon from Dumfries Virginia

    Ohio please note that we do not need 8 more years of George W. Bush...that is what you will get if you vote for McSame and McSoccerMom

    No Way No How No McSame/McSoccerMom !!!!!!They are Crazy

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 15, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  19. ch

    And a new Sienna Reserach poll of NY state shows Obama ahead by only 5 points – down from an 18 point lead in their last survey.

    If McCain is within 5 points of Obama in the Democratic state of NY – Obama is in BIG trouble.

    NY has voted for the democratic nominee in every presidential election since 1988.

    That's what Obama gets for not picking NY's favorite daughter Hillary for VP.

    September 15, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  20. Verify the Obama Books!

    I think it's time their was an audit of the Obama contribution books.

    First off, why in August are his contributions up? Are you telling me this is because of Sarah Palin? I highly doubt it. I think it is a made up total of monies and new supporters.

    The Obama camp is using psychology on all of you who support him. Don't fall for it.

    I listened to their conference call which CNN made available and I can tell you that was the most MADE UP conversation I have ever heard.

    You are not telling me that there are millions of small contributors for Obama who make up this new amount for August. I believe these contributions are coming from big corporations, which are then being broken down into separate employee contributions.

    Do you think we were all born yesterday??? Come on your eyes.

    September 15, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  21. Mark

    Can we sink any lower? I have a feeling that if we get four more years of the same, we'll be lower than a snakes belly.

    September 15, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  22. amicheals

    I don't believe it. In other polls Barack Obama is up 6 to 7 points. Hey if that is the case Ohio can roll around in the mud that will be left after McCain is done with you all. You have to choose America, you have to choose better a better more stable America or a failing America, Failing Government driven in by racism. Which is stronger America, racism or patriotism?

    September 15, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |

    Check out the NY Post article on Obama trying to delay troop withdrawals from Iraq. Just shows again that the only thing that matters to him is getting elected. What joke he is.

    I doubt we will see the article mentioned on CNN, ABC, NBC, MSNBC.

    McCain/Palin '08

    September 15, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  24. angie - dallas -28

    to brook-


    September 15, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  25. JohnJon

    CNN has sold out to the GOP. Nice going traitors.

    September 15, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
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