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
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  1. LM

    Let's see... when Clinton took office, he cleaned up after the first Bush presidency and when he left office, each Americans part of the National Debt was zero – and we were in a surplus situation! Now under the second Bush, each American's burden of the debt is $440,000!!!! The Republicans montra of less government, less debt doesn't hold true. Republicans tout that Democrats will increase spending – how hypocritical and false. WAKE UP AMERICA! Do you have $440,000 in spare cash to pay 'your share' of the debt? We can't afford another Republican in the White House. When Americans really get a grasp of just this one issue, the polls will swing justifiably to Obama. WAKE UP AMERICA!

    October 12, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. Betty, Virginia

    It's not generation X which only use cell phones exclusively these days. Quite a few "older" people have given up land lines... I'm not sure I can think of a single person who doesn't have their own cells anymore.

    Let's face it come November 4th the majority of this country will decide who will be our next president. The polls won't matter a bit come then...

    I'm hoping at the end of the day I'll be saying President Obama.

    October 12, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. Sheila43302

    October 12th, 2008 12:16 pm ET

    The pollsters are not calling people with cell phones. This election is going to be a wake up call ( no pun intended ) to all polling organizations, as well as the news outlets that rely on polls for their dramatic stories.

    Hey, Matthew,

    I've been wondering if anyone would raise the cell phone theory. I believe you've hit the nail on the head. I've felt all along that younger Americans will vote for Obama. They don't seem to have the ingrained predjudice that exists in a lot of older Americans. Good for them!

    October 12, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  4. barbara campbell

    CNN, surely you know that a change in a single percentage point is not considered statistically significant. Yet you even make this "headline news" on your home page. Talk about bias!!

    Did you consider mentioning that Senator Obama is increasing his lead in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, etc. etc. etc...???????

    October 12, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. David

    The fact that it is even close in my state speaks volumes. This is Ohio...OHIO. Barak even keeping it close is amazing. This state isn't going to screw it up again like we did the last two times. While I still wouldn't support McCain because of the fact that he shifts with the wind (Hardly a maverick move) I could stomach him, but I absolutely will not support that wacked out, six packin', race bating, power abusing, crazy hack he chose as his running mate. She is more dangerous than anyone in either of the two highest positions than anyone in the last 40 years.


    October 12, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. E391615r

    "Lets face it, people who support Obama have no clue why they are doing it. Other than the 30% of Americans who don't pay taxes, they know voting for Obama that he will milk the other 70% of us who do pay taxes. So, heew we have the undercheivers, malcontents and gerneral losers suffering from white guilt supporting this guy. In the end we will all pay if he gets elected and that is the sad part."

    McShame has supporters like this, who can't understand that his numbers are all wrong. But that probably accounts for the fact that his spelling proves he didn't go to school. That's the kind of supporters McShame/Pitiful Palin have. Idiots. And by the way, I KNOW why I'm voting for OBAMA, I have a MBA, never underachieved, could care less about your whiteness and generally (spelled correctly) think you are the loser!!

    October 12, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. Lisa

    The future vs. the past! It is that simple.

    October 12, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. Obama for Us

    Republicans Screw Up, big time I might add, and Democrats get US back on track everytime!

    October 12, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. Moving on

    Ms. Palin....please don't come to Ohio...we don't want your words that tend to incite baseless hate. We are a proud and diverse people that are decent to each other.

    I was for McCain...until they started this fear mongering. BTW...shouldn't your kids be in school and NOT on the campaign trail with you???????

    October 12, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  10. darryl

    Nick, African Americans voted for John Kerry at a rate of 90%. Black support for Obama is consistent with the way African Americans have voted for more than a generation now. In the past the candidates were always white. Now that the Democratic nominee is black people want to raise this as if it is an issue. It is not. Obama, unlike his democratic predecesors, has truly energized several demographic groups; people under age 30, people with college education, African Americans etc. The reality is African Americans never thought they would live to see the day where a black man would have even a remote chance of being the president. For this reason many of them are truly energized and excited by the possibility. That energy and excitement is also fueled by the horrible manner in which the country has been run over the past 8 years. Hpothetically speaking, if Al Gore were the nominee I thing he would also enjoy the support of more than 90% of blacks.

    October 12, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. USA

    Yes, race is an issue with 90+% of black Americans voting for the black American candidate. The race card played by the Obama campaign is falling on deaf ears!

    October 12, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  12. Ken

    WAKE UP AMERICA! We cannot afford to have Barack Hussein Obama win this race. It will spell out danger and the mess that Bush got us into, will end up being worse!

    We need to get behind McCain/Palin and get them elected! We need to have someone in the "Oval" office that knows what they are doing.

    We CANNOT afford to have a "Rookie" or a "OJT" presidency! We need to have someone that truly knows how to get us out of the mess that Bush got us into.

    I am a Hillary Clinton supporter that is voting for McCain/Palin, for I am scared to see what will happen if Barack Hussein Obama is elected.

    McCain/Palin 2008

    Hillary Clinton 2012

    October 12, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  13. Rob

    People of Ohio are much smarter than that. I'm confident that the state will go to the next President of the United States, Barack Obama.

    October 12, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. kathy

    I'm glad to see a little glimmer of hope. Obama will ruin America. He has no experience. He's a smooth talker and a biggot. I don't care if he's purple, I'm not voting for him. There's a lot of hatred coming out in people and that scares me. The only chance we have of saving our great country is thru a true American. I say vote McCain, It will take more than four years to straighten out this mess and maybe then we'll have better choices.

    October 12, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  15. John from Cinci

    McBush for deregulation of lending companies.

    McBush part of the fab five in the Charles Keating S&Loan scandal took donations and trips on Keating dough,

    This definitely qualifies McBush to lead our country and continue the down spin of money and stocks.

    McBush voted always against alternative fuels and this again will help us lead with Higher Gas Prices.

    SO DRILL BABY DRILL FOR THE 4% of the world’s oil and we continue to use 25% currently.


    October 12, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  16. John


    Please be atleast a little respectful and not call one of potenial U.S. Presidents Dumb or his running mate Dumber. I think Obama would even agree that you should show respect. He isn't dumb, he just has a difference of opinion. Just because he isnt a socialist doesnt mean he's dumb.

    October 12, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. democrat for life

    Remember the article that the french put out in 2004 after Bush stole the election from Kerry The Article titled was "How could two millions American be so dumb?" Dumb enough to have us suffered economic disaster. I don't care how black, Hispanic, Jews, white, young, and old. Just don't be dumb enough to put a anotheer republican in the white. I don't care for the fact that Obama is Black, he is a democrat that is all I care for. We had a great economy policy when Clinton was in power, but soon as much came into power, he gave us nothing but an economics disaster. You either going to be another Dumb American or a racist one? Choose one

    October 12, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. elen

    The only way the Republicans are winning in Ohio is if they manipulate the voting machines like they did in the last presidential election.

    October 12, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. Paula

    To John,
    If you want a video to watch, try watching the Keating 5 documentary. McCain was involved up to his ears in that scandal. By the way, there is proof. Not hearsay.

    October 12, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. Mark

    I'm British and can only wish we had a PM candidate like Obama, instead we are stuck with the bafoon that is Gordon Brown. This is the most amazing opportunity for your great country. For the first time in my life time, I can see you have a candidate with a real intent to do good in Washington and in turn for the people. He is unburdened of the special interests which have dragged the American people's name through the mud around the world. He is intelligent and just plain 'gets it'.
    Go Obama and God Bless America!
    ...and if it all goes horribly wrong, then Obama 2010 UK election! If you don't want him, we'll gladly have him.

    October 12, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  21. LD

    Oh, Pleeeaase!! The tittle of this article is SO deceiving: "McCain Gains Ground in Tight Race" CNN, please stop trying so hard to revive your candidate's campaign! So, Obama's lead goes down by ONE single point from one survey to the next, and suddenly McInSane is gaining ground...What you also failed to notice is that if we're going to pay such close attention to these minor shifts, his percentage has NOT actually changed! In ALL of the three polls you cite, he gets the same 46%, so is he really "gaining ground"?

    October 12, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. Jefferson Kimball

    This is a historic election and it has nothing to do with color but the needs and worries of innocent Americans. Please lets think about the future of the country and vote for change instead of the same

    October 12, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    *** Hope this comment is posted, they keep disappearing***********

    Looks like its going to be a battle, as it has been all along for Sen. Obama. As the first African-American to run for the presidency and get this far, he has an uphill battle!

    I am SURPRISED, that people will rather vote for Palin who has abused her power as governor, rather than vote for a man, who has been blameless.

    The Republican-attack-fear-lie mongers are doing their vile work. Fox News is disgusting. They & the Republicans remind me of the Fascists and Nazis told lies over and over and over until the German people believed the lies about the Jewish people!

    I am praying for Sen. Obama's safety, and for our Nation to REJECT the politics of: hate, division and anger.

    Look at the Republican record:




    759,000 JOBS LOST., ETC.....ETC.

    AND PLEASE do not blame the Democrats about the DE-regulation that led to this financial disaster:

    The Republicans were in control of Congress BOTH house and Senate from January 1994 through January 2007!

    Also, IF you want to know who Palin is look up the :Alaska Independent Party, her husband was a member until 2002.

    ***********STOP THE HATE****************STOP THE LIES************

    October 12, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. Dana in Maryland

    This is a non -story, but CNN has to keep it's people occupied. Saying "nothing has changed much" won't attract any readers. They could have summed this all up saying "Hah, fooled ya, made you look!" Most of what CNN does is repackage the same "news" until something actually new comes along every few days.

    October 12, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  25. 14truth

    The truth is that while we loathe the negative campaigning, it IS effective, and that effect is showing in that Obama dropped a point. It makes me seriously concerned about the reasoning ability of my fellow citizens when seemingly sane people say things about Obama like, "I'll never vote for a Muslim," "He isn't a citizen," and "I think he's an extremist plant." I want to know when the right wing media personalities like Limbaugh, the RNC, McCain, Palin, and the campaign planners are going to be charged with INCITING TO RIOT, or sued for SLANDER.
    Palin is irresponsible and unworthy of representing the United States in any capacity. This woman felt it was important enough to take the time to respond to a heckler to put him down, but is disinclined to interrupt her speech to dissuade the deranged comments of the right wing lunatic fringe when they call for MURDER!! I have serious reservations about people who claim to have knowledge of what God wants, or claim that God "spoke to" them. I have a genuine concern about people who claim to be Christian and then invoke the name of God in support of war. I am disgusted by people who support the killing of thousands of humans because they hold different beliefs, yet claim abortion is wrong because it is murder.
    The Republican led attack on Obama is generating an atmosphere of hate and intolerance that is certainly going to impact the election, but it is also building up a charge of negative energy around them that is going to discharge in a violent, uncontrollable strike that will only harm this country. It is time to hold these people accountable for their manipulation of facts and their hateful words and attitudes. McCain's few kind words are negated when the rest of the campaigning and conservative talk show hosts continue the rhetoric unchecked.

    October 12, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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