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. Ben

    McCain has become the greatest liar of modern day election campaigns. A sad day for Republicans who seem to ride on gods teaching but far from following the bible!

    September 19, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. Deborah Le Meitour

    Please join me in protesting the refusal of Todd Palin and Palin cronies to respect their subpoena to testify.

    The average citizen would be subjected to the threat of a finding of contempt and a possible jail sentence if they disobeyed a subpoena. Why do these individuals believe they are "above the law", and/or subjected to a different set of laws than the rest of us.

    Isn't it time we reinstated an equal application of the law to all US citizens. Isn't it time that we sent a message that disobeyed the law does in fact result in consequences.

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

    I always gave Ohioans mor credit, but I can see that was a mistake.

    Add them to the list of the most f'd up states in America, along with Florida and Texas!

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

    Hopefully ALL voters are paying attention to who is behaving in a way befitting a president. Tell me about yourself – DON'T just sling mud and lies. So far, I think Obama has given me more specifics about what he would do, and I like what I hear from him. McCain is too busy trying to dance around the issues. I'd really like to know why Gov Palin and co feel they are above the law. I thought she wanted to be held accountable. Seems to me, where there is smoke there is fire...

    September 19, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. Sage

    Todd Palin refuses to comply with the investigation... is this the transparency McCain is talking about? is this the shaking up McCain is talking about? it sounds more like the same Bush/Rove moves to me...i guess i will have to watch the Ladies of the View to get the real story since MSM again fail to do their jobs....this means you CNN!!!

    more cover up corruption from the repubLIEcans

    September 19, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. A-Man

    Why don't they ever detail the demographics of these polls, who did them and their past polls vs results etc. So there could be some confidence in them. It just seems only things we see are those that make media. Can't even watch CNN anymore it is so pro McCain.

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

    Somewhere as we speak, Keith DNC Forever Olbermann can't get in synch with Dan Patrick to do Sunday night Football highlights b/c of the stress of all this.

    September 19, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. McLoser

    McLoser you offer nothing but lies and stolen lines.

    Shame on you

    September 19, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  9. Steve

    The media is trying to down play the importance of the youth in this election in US history. The media is doing every in order to dicourage them from voting , this poll of polls stuff everynow and then. It will be fair for the media to let the general public to know the poll of polls doesn't take the youth voting block into account, since pollesters are using landlines phones to conduct the sampling.

    September 19, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  10. Tony, LA

    Once the debates are held, I expect the support to shift heavily for Obama in some traditionally Red states, i.e. Virginia, Ohio, Florida, Nevada, Colorado...just to name a few....

    Obama 08!

    September 19, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. Aaron from Ohio

    Indiana is in play? Indiana is reliably republican, at least until now, and Obama has a lead in Ohio. No republican has ever won the White House without Ohio. Mccain can't win without Ohio, Indiana and Florida. If any of those states go into the blue column it is over for Senator McCain. Obama can possibly win without any of those three. McCain does have something else to worry about though. I have been listening to Governor Palin refer to the ticket as the "Palin and McCain" ticket and has been referring to McCain as "my running mate". She starting to read the press and believe that she is more popular than the man who is actually the presidential nominee. Watch your back John, Sarah has plans and you aren't in them.

    September 19, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. Glenn Doty, Columbia, SC

    Notice that ALL of the close states that are "up for grabs" are states that voted for Bush...
    The states that voted for Kerry seem much more comfortable holds for Obama.

    The only "Kerry" states that are even arguably "up for grabs" are Minnesota and Wisconsin.... I imagine that new polls, after this last week of focus on issues over MILFs should help those two states come home.

    McCain is playing pure defense. Obama is CERTAIN to take Iowa and New Mexico... So one single other of the 8 close states loses the election for McCain.

    Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Missouri, Colorado, Nevada, Indiana, and North Carolina...

    Any of these states will win the election for Obama... McCain has to win ALL of them to hold, and his constant flubbing and flip-flopping on every economic speech and question cannot help his chances.
    :)

    September 19, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. A Bottom

    Tough sledding for McCain. Does he have the money and energy to fight in 10 battlegrounds? Obama is wearing his resources thin.

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

    McDud

    "The economy is sound

    Enough said

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

    barack and Biden are the best choice for leaders that will work with both sides to fix what the GOP has messed up in the last 8 years, I don't think we have ever faced a president coming in having to fix so much but Obama and Biden are the only ones who are up to the task. McCain and Palin can't even get things right now, we can afford having them be in office, it would take a century to recover from four more years of republican policies. Obama,Biden to great men with a plan to fix the problems we now face. Thanks Dubya for messing up our country so badly. I can truely say no one could ever match you in doing the worst job imagineable.

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

    The longer this campaign remains about the economy and not "bright shiny objects", the more the Republican party is going to wake up November 5 and find themselves in charge of what is technically known as squat.

    Obama '08

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

    I can't help but wonder, how is it that some people, myself included, see the choice as being obvious. Obama is far and above a better choice than Mccain. IT's so clear, that it's like those who don't see it aren't looking at the same thing.

    They have to be ignoring some facts or just listening to Rush Limbaugh and his ilk.

    I'm sure they say the same though...just wondering..

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

    I believe this is the trend–all of those former read states are moving into Obama's column and this will continue into a landslide for Obama on November 4, 2008!

    September 19, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  19. Open Your 3rd Eye

    YOU PEOPLE IN OHIO NEED TO GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER.

    WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND UP THERE IS CONSIDERING THIS FOOL MCSAME FOR PRESIDENT?

    WHAT KIND OF BACKWARDS FOLKS YOU GOT UP THERE??

    I MEAN CUMMON'

    KNOCK ON DOORS, TALK TO PEOPLE, WHATEVER IT TAKES.

    WE ARE WORKING HARD DOWN HERE IN FLORIDA WHICH HAS SCREWED US TWICE IN A ROW.

    THERE'S NO EXCUSE FOR THE NORTH!!

    September 19, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  20. Christian for OBAMA

    What was that Dixie Chicks song????

    OHHH YEAH.... L A N D S L I D E

    VOTE
    Obama/ Biden '08

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

    Big states. Swing states. Key states. Does that cover all the states or are there more to come?

    September 19, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  22. tiffany in ohio

    im going to help get him more than a one point lead!!!!

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

    I just hope that everyone who intends to vote for McCain and Palin will watch the movie MATILDA first and then reconsider.

    September 19, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  24. Texas Annie

    And both states are on the election commission's list of states who haven't resolved their voting error potential from the LAST election... which means they're wide open to manipulation by those who are the masters of manipulation.
    God forbid this election is tainted like the last TWO presidential elections.
    Never thought I'd be saying this, as I was such a staunch Hillary Clinton supporter, but PLEASE, people get out & vote for Obama/Biden if you care a whit about this country, our economy, and our personal well-being.

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

    Louisiana and Arkansas, nobody is talking about these two states. Arkansas is Clinton/democrat territory and Louisiana got hit hard by two or three hurricanes that the GOP did little about. I think those two are going to be Democrat blue this year.

    September 19, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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