September 19th, 2008
02:53 PM ET
6 years ago

CNN POLL OF POLLS: Close in Ohio, Indiana

McCain and Obama are nearly tied in two key battleground states.
McCain and Obama are nearly tied in two key battleground states.

(CNN) – New CNN poll of polls out of Indiana and Ohio Friday show both Midwestern states appear up for grabs with less than seven weeks to go before Election Day.

According to averages of several recent surveys from both states, Obama holds a slim 1 point lead in Ohio (46-45 percent) and McCain holds a small 2 point lead in Indiana (47-45 percent).

Check out CNN's Electoral map

Both states may be critical for John McCain - no Republican has captured the White House without winning Ohio, and Indiana hasn't voted for a Democratic presidential candidate in more than 30 years.

Related: Obama wants to to turn Indiana blue

The Ohio poll of polls consists of three surveys: Big Ten Battleground (September 14-17), CNN/Time/ORC (September 14-16), and Marist (September 11-15). The Indiana general election poll of polls also consists of three surveys: Big Ten Battleground (September 14-17), CNN/Time/ORC (September 14-16), and Indianapolis Star/WTHR (September 14-16).

Neither have a sampling error.

Earlier: McCain, Obama tied in 5 battleground states


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (258 Responses)
  1. Sue in MI

    As soon as people get wind of the "shadow governor" and start asking whether they want a non-elected spouse determining policy, these polls will start to swing. Where are the children? Whenever anyone questioned Palin's ability to mother and govern, Todd was the answer-she has a supportive spouse. But he doesn't seem to be caring for the children when he's two steps behind her at all times. Where is the baby?

    September 19, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. Credit Card Republicans

    Where is John McCains first wife CNN,and why havent you tried to interview her?Lets find her CNN and get some real news,your slipping here.

    September 19, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. Clinton/Obama supporter

    We need turn out, Obama supporters – with the college vote turning out even at 50%, we can do this!!

    September 19, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. STL-Sid

    Well looks like Ohio and Indiana are going to the Dems. The Old Maverick and his lipstick wearing Baracuda are finished. America has had enough.

    September 19, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. Ken

    After 8 years of abject [R] failure in both the executive and legislative branches covering almost every aspect of national policy, any state that remains red after this Nov's election really does belong to the Federation of Dumbf-kistan.

    September 19, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Indiana is going purple! Get used to these words: President Barack Obama!

    September 19, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. Frank

    If McCain is having trouble in Ohio and Indiana, he is in REAL trouble.

    September 19, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Re: the protester story below: does anyone know what the bottom of every sign says? It appears to be the name "Michael" and a last name that begins "War."

    September 19, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  9. Silence Dogood

    Obama is riding a temporary surge fueled by his negative deceptive ads and false claims of actual experience. As usual he gets a lot out of the emotional impact of attack instead of ideas.

    How can anyone take a candidate seriously who gets big money from Wall Street (factcheck.org). I am talking about McBama – they are looking more the same than different.

    Vote Green Party for a change to the corporate politics. You have been lied to by McBama.

    September 19, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. Fed Up

    We can only hope that the voters in these 2 crucial states are getting past all of the distractions, diversions, and outright lies and are now getting down to looking at where the candidates really stand on the issues. Once they do, it's GAME OVER.

    Just say NO to Bush 44.

    GO Obama/Biden!!!

    September 19, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. Cara

    This is TERRIBLE for McCain.... Indiana has not gone for the Dems since 64. What blue states is McCain going to win again? The GOP might go in to full meltdown if Obama wins.... be ready for their insanity.

    September 19, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. Freedom Loving Patriot (God fearing too!)

    All you Pain-heads, stop trying to use your teenager logic in trying compare experience.

    September 19, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. Melissa - Wisconsin

    On page 373 of John McCain's 2002 memoir Worth the Fighting For, you'll find the following quote:

    "I didn't decide to run for President to start a national crusade for the political reforms I believed in or to run a campaign as if it were some grand act of patriotism. In truth, I wanted to be President because it had become my ambition to be President. I was sixty-two years old when I made the decision and I thought it was my one shot at the prize."

    ^ a b McCain, John; Salter, Mark (2002). Worth the Fighting For. New York: Random House. ISBN 0-375-50542-3. p. 373.

    Please please please don't vote for a man who only wants to win "the prize" of the presidency.

    September 19, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  14. drone

    If they're smart, they'll get on board

    September 19, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  15. Foreclosures and voting.

    The Republican party is trying to keep people who have lost their homes from foreclosure from voting.

    McCain's new ad is racist, and he made a Bush-like statement today: "Obama first or USA first."

    He has taken a low sleazy road so many times now, I just can't believe anything he or Palin is saying.

    Most of all, how can you say USA first when you are trying to block millions of Americans voters? This is unpatriotic and a McCain is a fraud.

    September 19, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  16. Tainopower

    If the polls stay this close at election day obama will have a big lost.

    September 19, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  17. shawn - ga

    Until the debates and McCain will outshine Obama. Even Obama knows this that is why he hid away from all debates save the 3

    September 19, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  18. J from DC

    I just heard Biden speak in VA. His message was powerful. He just ripped the socks off John McCain. He said some things to women that I have not even heard spoken by Hillary Clinton. Obama is always presidential in his speeches, but women need to hear Biden. He just went hard on McCain and Palin.
    McCain claims he would fire Christopher Cox, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Committee. Yet, McCain won’t even fire his economic advisor Phil Gramm. The real man who created policies which contributed greatly to this recent Economic Meltdown. Unbelievable! Maverick or Mouse, or pathological liar?

    September 19, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. Chas in Iowa

    I think the polls will be very inaccurate in this election.
    Most of Obama's largest support group does not use or own land line based telephones and do not appear on registration data at all in most cases (other than new voter registration).
    In most states Obama is probably carrying 5 to 10 percentage points higher than the polls show.

    Aug

    September 19, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  20. Is MC-Cane Looking at Palin's....?

    CHECK OUT OF THE TICKLER WITH 'ENERGY' IN THE TITLE AND THE PICTURE OF THOSE TWO. IS IT ME, OR IS OL' DUDE LOOKIN' AT SARAH'S...

    WOULDN'T SURPRISE ME...SLEAZE FACTORY AT EVERY LEVEL...

    September 19, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  21. chrissy

    I find it uncomprehensible and borderline dangerous that Obama and the DNC are politicizing this financial crisis to point fingers and play the blame game to boost their interest in the election. How about putting country first and the people first for once in a crisis of this magnitude. This is the very reason why I'm supporting Mccain. Partisanship is at the very core of this non-productive and non-moving government we have today.

    September 19, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  22. Dan, Mpls

    Poll shows that there are plenty of idiots out there. Someone who has been in the Senate for more than 20 years running under the platform of change? We had the crisis int he 70's. Why has nothing been done?

    IDIOTS!!!

    September 19, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  23. Irma in North Carolina

    Come on Obama lets get these two thugs, we dont need people like them in the white house. I just hope the american people wake up in time. They are so all fired up about Sarah, hoping John kicks the bucket so she can get in there. Lets not forget Johns mother is 96, so John could be around for a spell yet and then what are you Sarah lovers going to do when you got us four more years of Bush.

    September 19, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  24. Shari, NY

    I don't trust polls but if the Repubs usually have Ohio in their back pocket and at this time there is a slim lead by Obama, McCain's in trouble.

    September 19, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  25. Debby

    So close and yet so far. LOL I think the debates will tell us who our next Pres. will be.

    September 19, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
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