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. dawn

    Obama seems to have a better idea of how to correct the mess created by Wallstreet than McCain does. I hope his edge widens. We need change not more of the same. From what we have heard and seen that's all that McCain offers.

    September 19, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    what happened to mccain's first wife, why is she not being interviewed, something does not feel right.

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

    So help me if Ohio is the deciding state for another Republican candidate being elected president, they should be removed from the union!

    September 19, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  4. CD

    McCain better get his doctors by his side on November 4th because I doubt his heart will handle the shock of what Obama will to do him when McCain sees the result.

    September 19, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. Cindy

    Wow So what they're saying is that Obama is accomplishing the unaccomplishable!!!

    The newcomer is changing history in more than one way!!

    Way to go Obama!

    September 19, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  6. rich s

    Despite all of the favorable media bias and unjust accolades, Boy Wonder has a real fight ahead....he's probably shocked.

    September 19, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  7. John

    These results are terrible for McCain, indicating serious erosion in his must-win states. And it will only get worse for the GOP ticket: since these polls are all from several days ago, they do not fully weigh the impact of the Wall Street meltdown, which has really hurt McCain's standing.

    September 19, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  8. soccer moms for obama

    mcbush lies so much that the americans will finally get it.
    they will tell him to take his barbie and go build a bridge to nowhere.

    obama 08

    September 19, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  9. RYAN kr Jr

    Misleading polls, Obama is leading in Ohio by 3 points. I am tired of this polls manipulation.
    Bush=McCain=Cheney=Palin=failure.

    September 19, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  10. Republican for Obama

    The more Palin talks the less appeal there is. I think over the next couple weeks the shine will be off and these polls will open up some more.

    Factcheck.org, know it, love it, USE it!

    September 19, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  11. Jano1234

    I will say it again. He should have picked Hillary.

    September 19, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  12. McCain for Pres.

    I don't think the polls will change much until after the debates.

    September 19, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  13. bibek

    We need change and with McCain adm. we ain't gettin it.

    VOTE OBAMA.

    September 19, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. Retired Army in San Antonio

    Polls are back at pre-convention levels......and will likely see a continued slide by McSame, and his trusty sidekick, P-itbull-alin.

    Figures. They're running one of the sorriest presidential campaigns ever!

    The evasiveness,
    the lack of vision,
    the excuses,
    the flip-flops,
    the general lack of understanding of the issues,
    and the continual lies even after the truth is exposed.

    Simply Stunning!!!!!!

    September 19, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  15. jamericans for Obama

    I think that once we all wake up and put our Race issues aside senator Obama will be far ahead in the polls. I do not think that the polls are fair anyways i think they try to keep them closer so that people will watch the news.

    September 19, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. USMC Mike

    I bet McCain loses by at least 8-10 points nationally ...

    Any takers?

    September 19, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  17. The Conservative

    Americans are smart. They realize what is at stake: The economy people's livelihoods, and dignity.... So, as the "lipstick" hot air and lies fade away, real issues become more eminent.

    The big "race" elephant still hangs around some areas, but voting on racial basis will not put food on american tables. Neither will it restore the value of our retirement funds. If we stick with the issues, the results of this election will be a victory for all americans.

    Obama-Biden '08

    September 19, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    mccain calls his running mate his soul mate, what does that make his wife, and by the way where is his first wife????

    September 19, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  19. HF from PA

    If Obama takes Ohio game over...however, it will be a tough one...Ohio is really Northern Kentucky and the necks are rather red

    September 19, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  20. que viva Chango

    Again DO NOT and I repeat DONT believe CNN polls,
    here in MN they have us as toss up state, and this is totally

    Obama Land..................

    no matter how the repubushes and cnn spin it.. all it takes is ask around...

    MN for Obama

    September 19, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. I'll take 4 more years of "Bush" vs Obama!!

    It will get farther apart after more of Obama's indecisions become apparent, as do his lies. He just sends Biden out to discuss AIG and look like a fool, since he is afraid to say anything.

    September 19, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. Molly

    What – EXACTLY – is your plan to save us obama – All talk – NO action as usual. Guess you will have to wait till your campaign provides you the "politically correct" answer.

    September 19, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  23. Vahan

    That is not Lady De Rothschild redneck country is it? Elitist huh!? Pot this is kettle with a wake up call. COME ON PEOPLE DO THE RIGHT THING. Vote for the smart young man who is actually putting country first by choosing a VP that could also lead in time of trouble. Forethought. His eye is not simply on the big prize but long down the road. What will happen if the old POW misses a heartbeat will his VP be able to run the country or look out her window to watch the neighboring country. Just tell her "thanks (pause fore effect) but no thanks" Don't forget to add the down home charm. Lay it on thick, because there is a lot to cover up.

    September 19, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  24. Support the fight to free America

    Those are supposed RED states.lol...cant wait till the debates...lol

    September 19, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. FreeNLovIt

    Look, we need to stop feeding the elephants peanuts and kick them out of the White House and put them to work.

    It's time to bring in the donkeys to kick our economy into high gears. No more pyramid scheme economy!

    Time for carrots!!

    September 19, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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