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. Chris S.

    If Mccain looses Ohio before Nov. 4. This race is over. As our leader said "On November 4th. ON NOV. 4 We must stand up together and say eight years is enough!!!"-Barack Obama.

    September 19, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. J from DC

    How is it that Fox news is able to report that McCain leading Obama by 14 on the electoral map? Why is no one challenging them on this? Or at least reveal how their numbers are not creditable.

    September 19, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. Pat F

    It's not even close to close.

    Look up the Bradley Effect or the Wilder Effect. McCain is going to win in a landslide. People lie to pollsters when the candidate is African American.

    And yes, Obamatons, they DO poll cell phones. You should let go of that little security blanket.

    September 19, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  4. Terry, Dallas Texas

    Indiana is that close? Oh the McCain camp really should be worried!
    That place has been GOP for so long I doubt you can buy a can of blue paint at the hardware store! If Indiana goes blue this thing is OVER!

    September 19, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. Jude

    BO needs this to be around 48 percent to have a chance of winning either state....The reason is the "race" factor. We know that America despites its forth coming towards racial equality, there are still 20-30% of those who will vote against BO because of his skin color. So we need to get this up to at least 48%. The only other option is to get many new young voters since these people are not part of the survey. If we can get 5% of new young voters....its over. If we get 2% then its a real tight race. Either way...lots of more work needs to be done.

    September 19, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  6. Tom in Delaware

    Two names Barack Obama does not want to hear...

    Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac

    Wait til the market rebounds and the public learns the truth by the time the first Presidential Debate goes down.

    And the 'Children of the Corn' have the nerve to call John McCain dishonorable.

    The American People do not like being betrayed.

    Bye-Bye Obama.

    September 19, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Now I fell the heat of the democratic party!!

    September 19, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. Staying home on Election day

    Food for thought:
    Obama is a lawyer. Most of his friends and his wife are lawyers. How many lawyers do you know that are honest?

    Obama says he will raise taxes only on the rich? As a lawyer, he knows that most rich people have lots of lawyers working for them. Lawyers know how to find and use those magical little loopholes out their to get around paying taxes!

    Don't trust Lawyers!!!!!!

    September 19, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. mark from england

    palin domination was fake

    September 19, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. joe

    i think the title should be all red turning blue ...obama team lost one democrat( ex clinton fundraiser) and gained one state, now who s the gainer

    September 19, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. Bruce

    The only poll that matters is the one on 11/4....the rest of these are just window dressing for whatever or whomever is the flavor of the month, week, day, hour minute...

    September 19, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. Me

    The only job Sarah Palin is qualified for is scraping the YELLOW grit off of John McCain's teeth.

    September 19, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. K.NIX

    they both turnin blue.
    YES WE CAN , YES WE WILL

    September 19, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  14. frodo

    Why isn't CNN reporting that McCain and Obama are being put illegally on the TX ballot by the TX Sec'y of State?

    They both missed the legal deadline to be put on the ballots, but are being included.

    When third party candidates miss a deadline, there is no way they'll get on a ballot.

    Heck, its hard enough to get on the ballot with tens of thousands of signatures, meeting the deadline and dotting the i's and crossing the t's for third parties.

    September 19, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  15. Obama widening his lead

    Meanwhile, Obama continues to pull ahead of McCain in a national trend

    Obama Ahead by 1 Tuesday
    Ahead by 2 on Wednesday
    Ahead by 4 on Thursday
    Now ahead by 5 today and pushing 50% (a magic number for Obama)

    The tide has turned. If he is at 50% or above on Monday, its all but over for Mr MaGoo and the drama queen.

    Obama/Biden 08'

    September 19, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  16. Isabel

    CNN (and it's so-called polls) reports what they want you to think. At this point, CNN should just post a big banner behind the news anchor that says "Vote for Obama". They are about that subtle. Whatever happened to objectivity?

    September 19, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  17. xenia culiner

    Have been waiting for brilliant man to capture the presidency in our United States. This new face of hope and equality makes me be proud to be American. I know, we the people know the lies the Republicans have been capable to deliver against good candidates with character and honesty in their souls. If the Republicans are so great, why did our wonderful country under their leadership for 8 years has not delivered the promises made then. How can we trust in them now. Keep the
    religeous rights out of this election. They have done enough to have it their way with Bush. Ruined the whole worlds economy. Millions dead, because of them. DEMOCRATS JOIN NOW TO OUST THE SCUM FROM THE WHITE HOUSE.

    September 19, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  18. McCrazy

    SO did everyone catch the Hannity interview with Sarah Palin? Did she honestly say it was unfair for Obama to go after McCain's comments about economy fundamentals being strong because how he said it wasnt how he meant it after he said it?

    She is covering up not knowing anything with bad explanations to really easy questions.

    Just like with Obama, she is evening out now that the media honeymoon is over and she actually has to talk about issues.

    September 19, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. mac attack

    Todd Palin won't comply with his subpeona
    Arrest all the repubs that aren/t complying with subpeonas!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 19, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  20. Eating Buffalo Wings in Heaven with Russert

    The "poll of polls" has NO sampling error?
    Impossible if the underlying polls on which it's based contain possible sampling errors.

    Be truthful about SOMETHING, CNN.....ANYTHING.

    Your comment is awaiting moderation:

    CNN-speak for your comment doesn't worship Obama enough.
    RIP journalist integrity.

    September 19, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. Willcnnapprovethis?

    McCain needs both.

    Looks like 4 years of Democratic Rule!

    Obama/Biden 2008 2012 Hillary 2016!

    September 19, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  22. Dadedi

    I am a die hard hoosier, red neck, yes.... .live in Martinsville Indiana ... yes and we are all voting change. All my friends, including most of my relatives except my parents ... of course, will be voting for change! We can't wait for November 4th to remove the lying republicans from power.

    September 19, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  23. Chrissy, Texas

    Hummm.....I wonder why? In a time when everything seems to be going wrong in this country, oh I know. Because Obama is all talk! He has no substance behind his rehtoric. Obama is nothing but a liar, hypocrite and egomaniac. He loves to dish it out but he can't handle the fire. Everyone is wrong except him. He's done so much for this and that, but the problem is he's lying. The best one is that he sat in church for 20yrs and did not know that his pastor (mentor-uncle) was a racist! Give me a break. McCain/Palin 08'

    September 19, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  24. Barney

    The polls will be different next week

    CNN trying to run headlines to keeps it's ratings up.

    Too bad we the people are jerked around so much.

    September 19, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  25. linda from South Dakota

    yes we can,,,,, people in those states need to know that mccain ,, even tho he talks big,, is only out for himself,, hes copied many of obama's comments,, otherwise he wouldnt have anything to go on,, hes a loser,, yes we can and we will, obama/biden.08 and beyond,,,,, ( vote for mccain and have 4 more years of the same,,)

    September 19, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
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