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. Nando, Florida

    I guess they are Millionares in Ohio or either they are just plain stupid.

    September 19, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. A CANUCK

    Field dressing a moose doesn't qualify one to be VP...just as being a war veteran doesn't qualify one to be POTUS.....McCain and Palen have had their 15 minutes of fame...now let's get serious and get Obama and Biden into the Whire House and everyone will be able to breathe easier !!!!

    September 19, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. Never Barak Obama (PUMA)

    if I had to vote today McCain & Palin! Who cares about the pools.

    September 19, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. Alisha (Independent voter,) MN

    Can any body tell me why McCain is so close still? What has transpired this week alone with his answers on the economy should be enough to put the final nails in the coffin!!! Oh yeah...Most polls are not conducted via cell-phone so most 18-35 year old who are keeping an ear and eye on this years election haven't been polled. Just wait until November 4th when the only poll that matters will happen!

    Barack the vote young people!!!

    September 19, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. Cindy

    18 Million voted for Obama to lead this country based on his VISION not his experience.

    September 19, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. Hue

    I have a feeling that the states will be left for Obama. If he wins those two sates and pennsylvanis he has won the election. He needs to do a lot of work campaigning there. McCain may get there due to the blue coller base.

    September 19, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. A NATION OF WINERS for OBAMA

    PICK IT !!!!

    EITHER VOTE FOR OBAMA OR VOTE FOR POVERTY

    FOR OUR WORKING FOLKS FOR THE NEXT 20 YEARS.

    WE HAVE FALLEN BACK IN EVERY IMPORTANT CATEGORY

    FROM ECONOMICS TO TECHNOLOGY FOR THE PAST 20

    YEARS CONSISTENTLY. INVEST IN YOURSELVES, NOT

    IN ANOTHER HOUSE FOR THE GREEDY VILE SCUM BAG.

    September 19, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. Donnamarie

    McCain doesn't know the economy
    He only knows those that like to lobby
    Fire SEC chair McCain say
    Unpresidential comments per WSJ
    Seeking the presidency has become McCain's hobby

    September 19, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. Gabby's Mom

    People in these states should really wake up. Can't they see that McCain doesn't even know what the word "original" means. He will do the same thing that this current administration is doing because that's all he knows. He is only speaking about change, regulation, and the economy because this is what Obama is speaking about. We don't need him or want him. This scenario is very scary.....McCain is elected President of our country. He doesn't wake up one morning from his sleep....Oops! Sarah Palin is the President!!!! This is a total nightmare!

    September 19, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. anonymous

    Arkansas undertaker – t ypical hillbilly – didn't you read that Illinois has NOT voted for a Democrat president in 30 years? Smart people!! Go back in your cave.

    *McCain/Palin* – THE REAL CHANGE WE NEED.

    September 19, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  11. MF

    This election will be decided by the older white folks: so called conservatives who always faithfully vote republican irrespective of their positions. Looking at the 2 candidates: on issues after issues it appears that the election is Obama's to win. No doubt Palin has rallied the same republican base to vote for Mccain. The big question is WHY? Obama's Race? Clinton factor?
    I have talked to some of this diehard republican supporters, they have no good reason to support Obama except that he chose Palin to 'Shake up washington'.

    September 19, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. Chuck

    One third of a Billion dollars sure doesn't buy what it used to.

    Does it Barry?

    HA HA HA. PUMA!!!

    September 19, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. CM

    The Dems have picked up states since 04 and are making a few more competitive. Obama can win this many different ways now and he only needs one. McCain is a lot more limited in what he can do.

    Of course there will be GOP supporters who will post some unrelated attack or McCain will win stupidness just to convince themselves. Let them let it all out.

    September 19, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  14. Mary Steins

    Notice something....

    McCain spent his day placing blame and attacking his opponent, but offered no resolutions to the problems.

    Obama came out after sitting down with his team of Economists and proposed four things we must do to turn this country around and had a news conference. Something John McCain has refused to do for 46 days running.

    In my mind there is no other choice, but Obama/Biden to provide real Leadership and Accountability in this country.

    September 19, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. Jeff in Illinois

    Surprised its not near 90% Obama. There must be a lot of billionaires in Indiana and Ohio.

    September 19, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. MBFLA

    You are going to reinforce Republicans for this lousy economy with their lack of regulation and now corporate welfare by giving them 4 more years to completely destroy us? Do you know someone who has lost his or her job? Do you know someone who has lost his or her home? Do you enjoy paying a fortune for gas and food? Then vote for McCain/Palin for more of the same.

    For real change vote Obama/Biden 08

    September 19, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  17. blaze

    Its funny how CNN announces that wall street skewered McCain. I read the article and it is true, indeed it did and possibly rightly so for what he said. I missed the tv broadcast. But what I noticed that was not mentioned by CNN for their own reasons be it they are busy or whatnot I am not pointing blame, was that the Wall Street Studies have shown that Obama's campaign has become more negative than the McCain campaign. Protesters getting violent and the suspicious hacking of palins email. Anyone think I am lying? Go read it for yourself.

    September 19, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  18. Bill in Ct.

    I don't believe any of the polls out here, they poll 2000 or 3000 people and put some numbers on Tv, PLEASE, no one ever ask me who i'm voting for nor as anyone ever ask my friends and family members, so please with the media BS polls, They'll put anything on the media to get ratings.

    September 19, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Yes its close in a number of midwestern states. John McCain says help the auto industry (and presumably other manufacturing industries) with tax breaks and such. But workers throughout the midwest have already seen 3 decades of job loss, wage and benefit cuts and tax subsidies to those industries that invested in Mexico and the third world while letting US factories rot. What makes anyone think that McCains tax cuts to auto will be used to invest in job creating investments on US soil?

    September 19, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. anonymous

    No, Frank, its NOBAMA in trouble in Ohio and Indiana. All the democRATS that write in these blogs have such negativity down to their bones that keeps them from realizing if wishes were horses, then beggars would ride!

    September 19, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  21. Joel Miller

    Yes its close in a number of midwestern states. John McCain says help the auto industry (and presumably other manufacturing industries) with tax breaks and such. But workers throughout the midwest have already seen 3 decades of job loss, wage and benefit cuts and tax subsidies to those industries that invested in Mexico and the third world while letting US factories rot. What makes anyone think that McCains tax cuts to auto will be used to invest in job creating investments on US soil?

    September 19, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. OBAMA/BIDEN

    McCAIN is standing next to a LANDSLIDE.looking for Palin she has fal-in.

    September 19, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. A.M. Deist

    It seems clear to me that the choice this election is for a Republican who is proactive on war and reactive on the economy versus a Democrat who is reactive on war and proactive on the economy.

    September 19, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. Northern C. Smith, Jr.

    It's funny how John McCain and the GOP spin everything to there advantage. Now Obama is the reason the economy is in termoil. Each week John McCain and the GOP change their toon. One week they harp on experiance, the next week they say change and try to take Obama"s slogan for the change by picking and unknown figure to run as VP with John McCain. Come on now, that nothing but the Repulican Okeedok. Gov. Sarah Palin for one is not in the same legue as Obama for one thing. Since the GOP wants to compair the two, let indulge them. Sara Palin got her BA from an institution of higher learning only after failing out of four different schools and taking seven years in the process. Obama is a Harvard graduate. The first goround and recieved his degree. Never mind that Obama is running for president not vice president . So there you are.

    September 19, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  25. Julian

    Obama up by 5 % in gallup poll, cnn you need to stay up to date, arent you suppose to be number 1 in news ?

    September 19, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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