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. Isidore Tamo

    McCain has consistently been against farmers. The midwest is waking up and with the ECONOMY BEING STUPID, nobody is going to support a third Bush term. We are not whinning, but feeling the pain eveyday. It is time for the republican to own thier failure. There is no make up term for the republicans: you rip what you sow. After McCain has claim being a deregulator at birth, he is blaming Obma for the financial crisis: AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE NOT STUPID and we will make sure not to reward his failure by granting him the White House. When you fail economically, you pay for the consequences. We have to change Washington and McCain is Washington itself.

    September 19, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. John

    I've done an Electoral Map with Obama winning 275-263.
    McCain gets: OH, FL, VA, IN,
    Obama gets CO, WI, PA, MI, MN, NM

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

    I think I have it figured out CNN. You have a Syndicate going. You made a large bet, onBarack Obama winn this Election. Now your trying to saw it to your Advantage! That's what all Opinion Polls About.
    It won't work, you've lost your Shirt! Sorry!!!!

    September 19, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. Allen Friedman

    With the Obama team adding hundreds of thousands of new voters, it is possible that the polls do not take this into consideration. If most of the new voters vote we will have president Obama.

    September 19, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. marianne kehoe

    On an Obama bio it was stated that in Illinois, a "present" vote actually means "nay,w/reservations(or similar). Why do the Dems allow the GOP to keep saying otherwise.

    September 19, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. Homer

    I'm from Canada and I'm shocked it's even this close...the McPalin ticket is clearly out of touch with the average american...flip flopping on many issues (economic crisis, change movement, experience), lying (Troopergate, Bridge to nowhere), and denying to uphold the legal system (Palin refusing to participate in the Troopergate investigation)....it's very, very sad...and as your neighbour to your North, I'm very, very scared.....please don't vote based on party, sex or race...remember, your countries future is dependent on this very important decision....

    September 19, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. joe

    NOBAMA, NOBAMA,

    nobama is a self-serving megalomaniac who has done nothing to help this country. we need to elect McCain/Palin who both have a proven track record of getting things done versus just talking the talk.

    McCain/Palin '08

    September 19, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. Sherri

    With the polls this close, the Obama/Biden ticket are going to win. People are thinking and thinking hard. That is tremendous.

    September 19, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. mango123

    The worm is starting to turn. Seems that Obama was behind or further behind in these states last week. Now he is ahead in one and closer in the other. I think this mirrors, to a degree, what is happening on the larger scale. The Palin flash in the pan is fading and the stars are realigning back to what they were and frankly for me, where they should be. I expect Obama to be even further ahead after the debates.

    September 19, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Rural Republicans are beginning to realize the Republicans have sold them a bunch of malarkey. Their "do-nothing" approach to government is what drove this country into the Great Depression, and it's what's driving us back there right now.

    September 19, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. Jason, Koloa HI

    Every day the lying, contradicting, McCain double-talk express says something completely wrong or out of touch and there are still 50% of certain states that are saying they will vote for him????????

    IT is mind blowing. I can't even believe it's true that there are that many oblivious people.

    September 19, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. Rick

    I'm voting Democrat because English has no place being the official language in America.
    I'm voting Democrat because I'd rather pay $4 for a gallon of gas than allow drilling for oil off the coasts of America.
    I'm voting Democrat because I think the government will do a better job of spending my money than I could.
    I'm voting Democrat because when we pull out of Afghanistan and Iraq, I know the Islamic terrorists will stop trying to kill us because they'll think we're a good and decent country.

    September 19, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. naomi, al

    KEEP FIGHTING OBAMA JUST KEEP GOING. AND PEOPLE TELL OTHERS TO MAKE SURE TO VOTE. IF YOUR 17 AND WILL BE 18 ON OR BEFORE NOV. 4 YOU NEED TO REGISTER TO VOTE. COME ON THIS IS TO IMPORTANT VOTE VOTE VOTE OBAMA

    September 19, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. Lisa

    McCain could win both and he'll stiull lose the election. All Obama has to do is win colorado, nevada, penn, michigan and games over. other states arent going to tip one way or the other

    September 19, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  15. Independent / Country always

    GOP is finish....Palin sucks.....Mccain did tha biggest mistake by picking her as the running mate. Democrats gonna win big in november.

    September 19, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  16. Tony

    The simple fact that McCain is within 20 points of Obama just goes to prove that 99.9% of Americans are ignorant, apathetic, unaware and irresponsible.

    America is quickly becoming just another third-world country. Women whine and moan about being taken seriously, yet time and time again, they prove most shouldn't be.

    Most women, especially white women who vote republican, are ONE ISSUE VOTERS, completely oblivious to the real issues, etc.

    No wonder it is a man's world, for all the whining women do, they are constantly taking giant leaps backward.

    September 19, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. Kelby from Houston, TX

    Ahh yes, the POLL OF POLLS! What news from the North doth thy bring OH POLL OF POLLS. We come before thee POLL OF POLLS to find which way our politcal winds push and pull.OH POLL OF POLLS give us the answer that we jestly seek. Oh oracle of office, OH PROPHET OF POLITICS, tell us our future OH POLL OF POLLS

    (in order to get the full effect of this comment, one must read it out loud in a Britsh accent reminisent of Sean Connery and everytime you read POLL OF POLLS you must raise the volume of your voice)

    September 19, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  18. Yellow Dog Democrat

    The key for Indiana is if the Region (Northwest), Indianapolis, and South Bend votes will offset the small town (i.e. conservative,redneck) votes, which I think can happened but I'm not holding my breath.

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

    They are stating that Obama has over 500,000 new voters in Indana. I'm sorry but I can see alot of red states turning blue due to the large volume of new registered voters throught out this country.

    September 19, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. jon

    its funny how they say obama holds a slim lead in ohio, yet last week he was down about 5 points in the polls in ohio.....

    September 19, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. Cackles511

    Come on blue collar workers in Ohio and Indiana, WAKE UP!!!!!!
    The past 8 years have not been good to your States....Why would you even consider voting for McCain and Palin
    McEvil and Scary Palin are not for the working man.........McEvil is only in this to add President to his resume ......

    McCain was a child of priveledge and then he married MONEY, he never had to worry about the small stuff ...... He's so out of touch with the real working citizen

    We need a change not more of the same!!!!!
    Obama/Biden 2008

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

    Why is Ohio this close? The Republican candidate is "an unapologetic supporter of NAFTA" (his words) with little to no experience in economic matters. He also supports outsourcing.

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

    CNN:

    You use the most antiquated polls I ever heard of Maris poll??? What about Zogby, gallup, Rasmuesan (spelling), etc. that is why I go to Real Clear Politics. It gives all the polls not just a select few.

    Obama is not going to carry OHIO and maybe will not hang on in PA.

    September 19, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. Blair Georgia

    country first or Obama first.
    I pick country

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

    its on.. told you people are waking up.

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