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. patriot4usa

    If Obama came to a Tennessee Volunteers football game, I don't think he would be welcomed by the majority . Palin was going into the lion's den at that hockey game.

    October 12, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. Stan Colete

    WOW! One point and you put up a headline the Mr. McCain "gains ground?" Fair and balanced!

    October 12, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. Kenny

    Response to DeVone:

    DeVone, its "I" not "we". Simply because you feel that Obama consist of little hope, does not mean that the rest of us blacks feel the same. In fact, the primaries obviously suggest that blacks feel that Obama is the right guy for the job. Now, I agree that race should remain out of the equation. Because if Obama was a Republican, blacks wouldn't vote him. Look at Alan Keyes, he is black and is he supported by the black community? Look at Condi Rice, is she supported by the black community?

    The only black Republican that the majority of the black community are even dessertly confortable with electing is probably Colin Powell.

    October 12, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. M North

    Moving from 4 points to 3 points really isn't "closing ground in a key state."

    Both poll averages are well within the margin of sampling error.

    The poll is close and still within the margin. The results are, more precisely put, inconclusive.

    October 12, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. Patricia

    One point is a gain significant of a headline? Depends who you polled. I say, good for him, but isn't this it bit of a stretch? I know you want to be fair to both sides. This sounds more like CNN is attempting to show fairness in reporting since McCain had such a bad week and received so much negative reporting because of it – a sympathy article.

    October 12, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. Greg

    all anyone ever does is complain, how about some action, i want to see action. BARACK (BARRY,MAKEING BELIEVE HE IS NOT A MUSLIEM, FAKE CHURCH GOING, BORN AGAIN IDIOT AND ONLY SAYS THE RIGHT THINGS WHEN THEY ARE CONVIENT FOR HIM OBAMA. This is who we want as our next president. I DONT THINK SO.

    October 12, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. independent in Texas

    John, what polluted gene poll did you crawl out of ??? I take offense at your comments..get informed or dont blog !
    Texas independent for Obama..
    not a loser either !!

    October 12, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  8. Diane


    October 12, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

    lets face it; educated people favor Obama by over 2-1.
    Uneducated religious morons support Mccain 10-1
    Hmmm, now who is "blindly" supporting their candidate and who has put some thought into the selection? You know, Most college educated people pay PLENTY of taxes... so do MANY who work in good paying trades (and vote DEM)

    October 12, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. al

    This election will have a lot of "firsts"before it's over. Perhaps the winner will have won without the need of Ohio – also another first. How will Ohio like that?

    October 12, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  11. tonyperry

    You'll have to remember that Obama had to woo all those black voters. Black voters were overwhelmingly for Clinton in the primary, and it was his tireless campaigning and exposure that convinced folks to support him. To be frank, if McCain hadn't wanted this so badly, he'd be way ahead everywhere. But using Bush tactics is offending people into the Obama fold, and his selection of Palin is going to shore up his ultraconservative base, but his moderate base is not gonna rally behind a known secessionist. You think the Bush administration is a mess? The troopergate report says Palin's Alaska administration is "Shockingly amateurish." That McCain would even consider her is a blot on his judgement. Obama can learn how to be president. can McCain learn how not to be an ambitious, craven pol who would sell his soul for votes and the chance to lead?

    October 12, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. Chipster

    John: "Lets face it, people who support Obama have no clue why they are doing it."

    Sorry, but you're very wrong. Sen. Obama has an economic plan that is more likely to return our nation to fiscal sanity. His health care plan will cover millions of Americans who are not covered right now and focuses on preventive care. That will actually cost us far less that we are currently paying because people without insurance wait until they are in crisis to seek help. Emergency care is very expensive and taxpayers usually end up paying for it. He will correct the mismanagement that currently cripples the federal agencies designed to protect consumers. No more "voluntary compliance!"

    These are only a few of the reasons we need Sen. Obama in the White House.

    October 12, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. mary ca

    Blake never be so right. They are lucky to have Obama running for president. If Obama was running in Canada he will become the Prime Minister without ballot...

    October 12, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  14. Independent

    I believe that America has finally woken up and will vote for the person, not the party. I believe that America will vote for the person, not their color. I believe Senator Barack Obama will be that person because America's youth is better educated than the previous generation and they demand a better future, that our elderly want the promises of a comfortable retirement, that our elected officials of both parties want to work in a bipartisan fashion. I am a "baby boomer" and I want to end these mindless wars. Why does the 46% who support Senator McCain understand that he is NOT the person to lead our country? Senator McCain was once a decent person, but his hunger for the presidency has turned him into a, simply said, maniac. The White House is a symbol of leadership, respectibility, intelligence, and integrity. Senator & Mrs. McCain have shown how shallow they are, and they do not belong in the White House. America needs to close their eyes and listen to the candidates.

    October 12, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. patriot4usa

    Sarah Palin is a governor. A person does not become governor of a state if they are not intelligent. I wish people would get off of that kick,

    October 12, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. NO Sarah

    Re: John

    Your view is absurd.

    How can anyone vote for McCain and 4 more years of the same or worst.

    Hi wants to change washington.. Sure, from George Bush to John McCain and thts all the changes you will get.

    He is promising anything right now, because he is loosing, don;t you repubs getting that in your heads?

    Obama / Biden 08

    October 12, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  17. Phil Newton in Murphy, Oregon

    Overall, Ohio is trending almost six points for Obama.

    October 12, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. PCS / North Carolina

    nick shaw October 12th, 2008 12:09 pm ET

    "so much has been said regarding race and voting . It was mentioned that 97% of black Americans were voting for Senator Obama. This makes me wonder if race and voting is an issue not only with white Americans but black Americans as well."

    Why do you think 93% of Whites and only 7% minorities vote for GOP. ? Whites are racists ?. NO

    There are no black / white Brazilians, black / white British or black / white Australians. We are the only country, in a false pretext of equal opportunity, divide our country along ethnic lines. If we continue on this economic rollercoaster, for most Americans race will not matter anymore. Because then, it will be the “Survival of the fittest”.

    October 12, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  19. Arden

    Well John McCain, I hope your proud of yourself. You picked a vp that is a member of the Alaskan Independant Party which is an anti-government group that hates america and americans, she really does not have the background suited for one of the highest offices in the nation and you turn her loose to sow alot of vinum (snake oil) about a man who is a decent human being, worked hard all his life to get a wonderful education, he is an awsome father, and all you can do is create the most evil, distructive campaign ever. Look, this is my theory on judgement, "unless you are walking on water or sit on the left or right hand side of God" no one should be using dirty slander for their platform. Everyone has had some sort of relationship with another person that they shouldn't have and we have all done things we are not proud of. But to breed hatred and ugly threats is over the top and that is what you and Sarah are doing. Some of your own party members don't know you anymore. You have allowed Sarah to do this. Remember she is a maverick and she will go out there without your permission and deliberately incite hatred in her speeches. So how you and your campaign can say that this falls into the responsibility of the people doing this awful stuff makes you look even more dispecable than you already are. These people are out of control over sized children that need to be punished . As far as the polls , I stopped listening to those along time ago. John McCain: "Get a grip and pull yourself together." Remember if you loose, you have to go back to your day job and face your party members.

    October 12, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. Lori Campbell

    As I watched a portion of a Palin speech the other day, she had no problem stopping in mid sentence to tell him that her son was in Iraq fighting for his freedom.(note: her son is NOT fighting for our freedom, he a puppet in the bush/cheney manufactured war to line their own and their buddies pockets with oil/defense contract monies) But she can't stop mid sentence to tell any of her supporters that "kill him" "terrorist" or "traitor" are not appropriate responses at a rally that should be about issues. Her selective hearing will continue as she takes away our choice, and un-ethically abuses any power she would have if she gets elected. Tell me honestly, did the Obama campaign bring up Keating before the personal attacks came on Ayers etc from the McCain campaign? Please post one place where I can go and hear rhetoric from an Obama rally that is anywhere close to what we have seen at the Palin/McCain rallies. Please....then you will have my attention. I have never been so disgusted by a woman in my life as I have been by Palin. She does women every where a disservice.

    October 12, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  21. White woman of 63 for Obama from Day 1.

    The sucker is smiling again! He must have another "trick up his sleeve". My wish is that Palin goes back to Alaska so they can use
    her as their trophy!................... She does not deserve even the governorship in Alaska!!! Much less the PRESIDENCY.What a
    PROP! A John McCain prop.!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 12, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  22. Christian

    Who thought we'd see the day when it was newsworthy that McCain is "gaining ground" in Ohio. He ought to have that state locked up!
    Goes to show how smart a campaign Obama's run.

    The defining moment in this whole election when we reflect on it will be The VP selections. Stacking Sarah Palin against a savant like Joe Biden was a HUGE mistake.

    McLoser, America is about to send your sorry butt back to the Senate.

    October 12, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  23. Mark in Ohio

    I'm doing all I can for Obama! The economy has been so ROTTEN here for almost a decade that a lot of people who would have voted for Obama have moved away trying to find a decent job. A lot of older people and red necks remain here. John McCain's favorite demographic. They can't even see how DEVASTATING the last 30 years of Republican Trickle Down economics has been for them. The Republicans continue to bait these people with cultural wedge issues and they take the bait. They don't even recognize how much their standard of living has been destroyed. Maybe they will come around this time.

    October 12, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. Dave

    I hope that the people in Ohio wake up and not let ACORN & Nobama steal their votes. The Lib Left Dems like to scream let votes count and then have voter fraud. If it is a fair election and not the left loonies stuffing the ballot box then McCain will win Ohio, otherwise the left will be no better than Stalin.

    October 12, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. mitch

    he gained a point on one set of polls? wow. barack still ahead by three and one point gain by mccain is big news?lmao!

    October 12, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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