October 12th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Ohio Poll of polls: McCain, Obama in tight race

McCain is keeping the race close in Ohio.

McCain is keeping the race close in Ohio.

(CNN) - Pennsylvania may be slipping from John McCain’s grasp, but the Republican nominee is keeping the race close in the neighboring battleground state of Ohio – a state that no successful GOP presidential contender has failed to win.

CNN's new Ohio poll of polls shows Barack Obama leading McCain by three points, 49 to 46 percent. Five percent of the state’s voters were unsure about their presidential pick.

The network’s last Ohio poll of polls, released October 9, showed Obama leading McCain by four points, 50 to 46 percent. In the September 21 poll of polls, Obama led McCain by a single point, 47 to 46 percent.

Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin is slated to stop in Ohio Sunday - the third time on the past week week the GOP ticket has visited the state.

Map the candidates' path through the swing states with CNN's Election Tracker

The Ohio general election "poll of polls" consists of four surveys: Ohio Newspaper Poll/University of Cincinnati (October 4-8), ARG (October 4-7), CNN/Time/ORC (October 3-6) and ABC/Washington Post (October 3-5). The poll of polls does not have a sampling error.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain • Ohio • Poll of polls
soundoff (1,327 Responses)
  1. Benjamin

    We all know that the polls are being controlled by the media...It's common sense. I am a republican. I remember in 2004 when the media had Kerry up in almost every battleground state, who won? Bush. I don't get why democrats are freaking out about this Palin "abused her power thing". What about Obama being tied with a convicted terrorist, I hear no concern over that,liberals are giving him the "benefit of the doubt".. I hear pretty much 0 news coverage about that. And besides...democrats and republicans abuse there power in Washington every day...It's the political game...come on people, wake up.

    October 12, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. justobserve

    The Philly booed Palin at the soccer match: at least people there knew a moose when they saw it. After the Troopergate found that Palin abused her power and let Todd used her public office for personal vendetta activities against the trooper, if the polls don't drop like the Wall Street then that said something about some supporters: they want liars, ethics violators and power abusers to be their President and Vice President. Sounds like Banana Republic? Doggone it, you betcha! (Wink! wink!). McCAIN-2008 AND SARAH & TODD PALIN: ETHICS VIOLATORS, POWER ABUSERS AND LIARS WHO WRECK THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.

    October 12, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    John – I know why I'm voting for Barack. He believes in and protects the Constitution.

    He has never been conviicted of abuse of power.

    October 12, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. Mia and Mike

    Well congratulations Sen. McCain! Enjoy it while it's good. Bill and Hill will be heading that way shortly which is sure to increase Obama's numbers, and the majority of people are solidifying their choices. By the end of this week, the latest poll numbers should be reflecting the most likely outcome.... Hopefully Ohio gets it right this time, come on Buckeye State! Sen. Obama is a very smart man though and has figured out a couple of scenarios to win just in case Ohio falls through. Oh, by the way, you're still behind by 2 pts McCain :)!


    October 12, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. Bucky

    A close race that should be a blowout for Obama.I drives me crazy that Palin is allowed to lie to America every day. One very important point is I urge everyone to look at the records and facts on Palins biggest claim to fame which is she know about energy independence and is an expert on energy because she come from a state has oil and gas. First you cannot be an expert without first having a complete knowledge on global warming and the carbon footprint of man.Second this Alaskan pipeline project started thirty years ago when she was so engrossed in Biden speeches.She sold out the lower 48 when she exported natural gas to Asia, without concern for her fellow Americans.The list just gos on and on that she has been a failure in the energy sector and if you do a little homework the real facts are available. As usual she overstaes her involvement from hockey Mom to energy to bridges.Please take time to find out the truth ans you will make a better decision in who to vote for as she is an inch from President if McCain wins.

    October 12, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. djak

    To Rhonda: She's a better shot than Cheney lol

    October 12, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. JayInNewHampshire

    McCain reactive. Obama proactive. enough said

    October 12, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. Sam

    Who is coming up with titles for your articles? Sarah Palin??

    October 12, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. Queen

    H, how dare you accuse Obama supporters of hate and bias? What? This is so typical. I'm sick of it. The republicans have been spitting hate and now pointing the finger. And the award for the most pathetic comedy goes to....you guessed it....McCain and his supporting cast. Come on! Stop already! Whoever mentioned Obama's diverse rallies–thank you. The beauty of America is what I call it. Authentic cry for hope and "change," and real solutions.

    October 12, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  10. Happy in Arizona

    If you want more jobs going to India and more Americans to lose their jobs, then by all means, vote for McCain/Palin.

    October 12, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. max (NY)

    Let me just say this. Palin alleges that Obama is a terrorist saying that he pals around with domestic terrorist Ayer. Did she happen to watch " Fahrenheit 911" If she did not, I suggest that she does and may be she could find other people whom she could as well accuse as terrorists for having had great affiliation as business partners with the man they say is responsible for the 911 attack on America, And I hope she has enough gust to say it publicly. One more thing ,we are looking desperately for Bin Laden to kill as a terrorist, and yet Palin said that Ayer is a domestic terrorist, then why hasn't Ayer been killed?
    If Obama is a terrorist, why is he a US senator? You know, the idiot mouth is full lies and nonsense, and everything they say always tends to turn against them. This is sadly the case with a prospective U.S VP, Sarah Palin. You can force the idiot to speak, but can't force her to make sense.

    October 12, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. My Fellow Prisioners

    This makes news? McCain gains 1 point?

    I'm still waiting to hear about real analysis about trooper gate.

    What does it mean to "abuse authority" but not break the law?

    For a Governor and numerous members of her staff to "Abusing authority" is not against the law?

    Help me out CNN – real news stories please.

    October 12, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. Roger

    Looks like an Obama supporter is moderating the posts today.

    October 12, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. lou

    McCain will win that state.
    ITs rigged or some defrauding voting is going on if he doesnt

    Ohio has a bigger percentage of REpublican voters.
    also, its been stated that unions wont vote for Obama............for whatever reason.

    October 12, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. New England Yankee

    Hey Matthew comment #2, do not be busting the B Boomers!!!! I'm one and I just got back from kayacking and I am VOTING FOR BARACK OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 12, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. Jeff In Ohio

    WIth in the margin of error can hardly be called a gain. The conservative first ditrict is swamped with Obama staff and volunteers. The ground game is OURS.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 12, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. White woman of 63 for Obama from Day 1.

    OHIO AND FLORIDA!!!!!!!!!!
    Connect the dots: Rove, Bush, Hannity, MCCain, Palin, Ann Coulter,
    Limbaugh. And that's is HOW you choose your friends, McCain!!!!!.

    CNN can you announce how many veterans and our service men are voting for Obama????
    I heard in CNN that it was 80% because they need
    someone in OFFICE that is on their side!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 12, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. Donna

    "Obama's rallies reflect the diversity of Americans, transcending age, race, or creed"

    Then why did the Obama campaign make sure to move the muslim women that were sitting behind him in a televised ralley over the summer? Long live diversity in the Obama camp!

    October 12, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. Letha



    October 12, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  20. Sue

    To John,

    You are obviously a brain-washed illiterate who has no real appreciation or respect for honesty and integrity. You're probably the same republican who tried to run me off the road. Squak all you want, come Nov 5 you will awake to Barack as your next president. Have a good life!

    October 12, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  21. Ross County, Ohio,

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    80 years old White Lady from small town in ohio .. town There is no progressive talker right-wing talkers and hate radio all day. she ask obama one question ?… she asked him Who Are You??? Obama look in the eye .. and responded to.. I Am Your Son .don’t let them scare you” …
    .She definately had tears in her eyes .she is voting for obama..

    Chillicothe ohio..The economy is Topic

    October 12, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  22. HAJ

    So being a muslim is a crime? For the bafoons who think Obama is a muslim, go read his bio and get your facts right.
    Mc Pain needs to accept Obama is much educated than him. Stop this petty fights and address the American Nation.

    I am so going to vote for "that one"

    Obama/biden08 God willing!

    October 12, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  23. Dave

    Your Headline is eye grabbing, but wrong. The Ohio poll actually shows that Obama is gaining, not McCain. The Ohio original Ohio poll was taken four weeks ago. At that time, McCain was ahead in their poll by six points. In their most recent poll, he is ahead by only two. That is a net gain of four points for Obama. Comparing CNN's poll of poll numbers with the Ohio point is wrong and misleading. Change your headline.

    October 12, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. Obama '08

    Rick Shaw....a mind is terrible thing NOT TO HAVE. You shoud read before you make accusations.

    October 12, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  25. debbie

    Proof positive that negative campaigning appealing to fear, ignorance and bigotry works. "Oh, hey, way to go Ohio".


    October 12, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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