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. Larry

    FROM INDIANA: Obama is VERY charismatic, a lot like the Rev. Jim Jones

    HE PREACHES
    A BETTER WORLD
    HE JUST WANTS TO BE YOUR LEADER AND NEEDS YOUR MONEY

    AND THE PEOPLE DO FOLLOW-PEOPLE LIKE YOU

    BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU'RE WISHING FOR,YOU MAY GET IT !!

    September 19, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. Scott NYC Independent

    After McCain's Spain insult and confusion wait till the debates

    September 19, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. John Hussein OBAMA

    Houston, we have a problem....

    actually, it's Mccain who has the problem. Keep it up OB!

    September 19, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. Siggi

    Obama is amazing!! He wants to help Main Street. With whose money???

    Oh thats right lets tax people that make over 250k. Let's punish them because they are succesful people who have vision and have achieved.

    Let's punish these people so all the people who have there hand out waitong for help from the government can continue to hang out instead of educating themselves or doing something different with there lives and changing themselves.

    The Democrats will save you!!!! Just the way the democratic Congress of the last 8 years has.

    September 19, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. Earl

    Ohio was expected to be close - as it was in 2004. But Indiana was considered strongly Republican. If Obama has a chance to carry it, it is a great sign of his prospects nationwide.

    September 19, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. Curt

    Make Indiana and Ohio blue and its all over

    September 19, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. former supporter of hillary to OBAMA

    Obama will win both of the states! I can feel the curtain closing for the marketing strategy of the GOP (Palin)

    OBAMA 08

    September 19, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. Jason, OH

    This is not good news for McCain. Actually its terrible news. All he had going for him was the Palin Bounce, and without that he's done. He can't win the election without Indiana or Ohio. He has to have both just to have a chance to win.

    If I were Obama, I would campaign heavily in those two or three swings states and let McCain play defense. That would force McCain out of Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Hell, McCain seems to have a fight on his hands in Florida, as well.

    These results show, with a lights out debate, that we have all the makings for a late and significant break towards Obama

    September 19, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. AKA1908

    EVERYBODY KNOWS THESE POLLS ARE TIED. IT`S THE MEDIA WHO FAILED TO REPORT THE REAL FIGURES.

    OBAMA`S FURTHER AHEAD THAN IMAGINED.

    OBAMA/BIDEN `08
    ALL THE WAY

    September 19, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. V

    Don't forget about the MILLIONS of cell phone users that aren't being polled; the millions of young people supporting Barack Obama that don't have landlines. This race is not as close as the polls show.

    September 19, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. Roger

    Cnn would you please just stop with this bias reporting! You cannot simply select your favorite three polls that show your desired results and call it a "poll of polls". You must use all the polls from the same dates! Please go to real clear politics for accurate information, not this propoganda.

    September 19, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. DB

    Go Indiana!!!! I've spent enough time there to know that you are hurting and need change. You will look lovely in blue:)

    September 19, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. dmw

    Just like late-deciders went for Hillary Clinton during the primary, the late-deciders will go for John McCain. No matter what the media tries to show, in these midwestern blue collar states, they will not give Obama the win. He is too high and mighty. He called them 'bitter' and Rev. Wright has not been forgotten.

    The media calls this racism, I call it not trusting Obama because he had never worked with his 'hands' and he does not have experience.

    Although the economy is going to hell in a hand basket and the federal government is bailing out wall street, it is still a crisis and we do not know enough about Obama and his ability to handle a crisis. He votes 'present' or he takes a ' I need to know more' before he takes a position on anything. Other than that, all he has done is go negative; and this from the man who is all about hope. Please!

    He is not right for America, things are too serious to give the reins of the country over to a novice.

    September 19, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. Independents,NY

    Cmon Indiana turn BLUE this year! I'm rooting for you and the COLTS TOO!!!

    September 19, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. Ryan Wing

    As an independent voting in Indiana I will be pushing for Obama – and working for him. Lets make history.

    September 19, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  16. Nada

    McSame is in big trouble if he looses Indiana
    Obama already brought all Clinton economic team to start reviving this economy... No doubt he will be the next president

    Obama/ Biden 08
    Obama/ Hillary 12
    Hillary/ VA gov 2016 and 2020

    September 19, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  17. TRBoston

    Wow, losing Indiana would be bad news for McCain. Hell, it's bad news for him that's it's even close there.

    September 19, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. Tony

    Just in time for Christmas!

    The "Lying G.I. Johnny" and the new "Whining Barbie".

    September 19, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  19. Fort Collins, CO

    Obama rebounded McCain's "bounce." Obama and Biden are driving the lane on a fast break now.

    September 19, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  20. Does Obama Palin Comparison?

    Is anyone else getting sick of Obama oportunistic posing...It's Monday Morning Quarterbacking at it's best!

    These "press conferences", where he comes out wearing a dark suit, surrounded by his "advisers", and then promptly tries to take credit for everything that happened a few minutes ago (in the REAL world). He says that he's been working on his financial plan for "several year"...Really? Then let's see it!!!

    THIS GUY IS A FRESHMAN SENATOR!!! No one that has real authority is listening to what he has to say. He looks like a kid trying to look older than he is...

    September 19, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  21. Jean

    If Obama can get enough young first time voters to the polls he'll win. If not, better luck next time.

    September 19, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  22. Tired of the antics, PA

    One thing i say for the Obama campaign, they don't pay attention to these polls either. On November 4th, I and all of his other supporters will show the world and America that we need and want Obama/Biden. Our country is too bad of shape to have an worse Bush/Cheney administration.

    September 19, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  23. Adam

    Yes! I believe the polls show a tight race to attract viewers. I believe were gonna see a huge wave of voters and first time voters voting for obama!

    September 19, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  24. Sherri

    Im from Indiana and my whole family is voting for Obama. Both of my sons registered for the first time !!! Go Obama !!! This hoosier family is backing you all the way.

    September 19, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  25. Dr. P.

    Add the Cell Phone users ..... "GOOD NIGHT, JOHN BOY"

    September 19, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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