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. Malik

    Listen if I threw dirt in youre face in the middle of a fight I could win also.

    October 12, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. Amy

    McCain hasn't gained anything. His number stayed the same, but maybe you're considering that a success for him?!

    October 12, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. Honesty

    nick shaw....it appears that you are very unreasonable or just plain ignorant, blacks have always voted 97% for democratic presidential candidates so for the first time there comes a black candidate and u expect them to change that to please your racist ideologies...the answer is...i dont think so, get ready it is happening,
    nov 4th and the winner is Obama/Biden 08

    October 12, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. sam

    I only wanted to say to all American People that please thing what the George Bush had done in the last 8 years to the USA. And John McCain is willing to follow his Foot steps.
    Come on guys things about what worst McCain can do to this country.
    In both the debate he(McCain) has nothing to say about the key issues of this election.
    So,I request all my American friends please choose the right person or else everybody has to suffer.

    October 12, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. seth

    Well here you can see the McCain/Palin strategy in action. They didn't gain a single point in the polls, but they managed to drag Obama down one.

    Good job McCain, your fear-mongering and lies can drag down the other candidate. That's what Country First means?

    October 12, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. Sascha

    What a ridiculous article!

    Now, going one single percentage point up, but still trailing considerably, is enough to launch a big headline saying "McCain gains ground"???

    The overall picture is that McBush isn't gaining ground at all in the so-called battgleground states (including once Republican strongholds such as North Carolina, Virginia, Indiana, Missouri), because American voters just aren't as stupid as he and his Republican allies would like them to be!

    October 12, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. Frann

    It's hard, after a while, to tell fact from fiction. And even lies often told begin to sound like the truth. Selective memories.
    I'd like an objective site where fact checking could be done, like snopes.com Such that even the contenders have to check their facts prior to spouting them, but then they are taken out of context like sound bites and spun around to confuse and confound.
    This election is critical to our economy, safety, past present and future.
    It's not just that we want a change. That we want to change. The question is what do we want to change into.
    The transformation process along the way is part of the outcome so let's not just look to where we want to go, but how we are getting there.
    If the contenders have been disreputable in their pasts, we need to know, but if they have not, then let it go and focus on what we need to rebuild ourselves.
    We have lost face in the world's eyes and in our eyes. How do we regain our own sense of pride, respect and achievement. The way we gain esteem is by doing esteemable acts. When people make comments that are just not true, they need to be addressed. You are either part of the problem or part of the solution. The solution for me will be found with Obama/Biden.

    October 12, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. sal

    partician poll

    its over

    Obama Biden have won

    McCain has blew it!

    listen to you heart, Bush has vetoed all Dem bills over the past two years. First six years were owned by the Bush admin & Congress GOP. Bush Vetoed Nothing! This is why we are where we are.

    People are awakening to this stagnant thought that has hovered for the last 8 years.

    October 12, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Obama will break the 300 votes mark in electoral votes. I'm a conservative white male. I live in the battleground state of Florida. I will be voting for Obama. I'm Mccain worst nightmare come true. There are others just like me.

    October 12, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. KofTX

    The polls on the weekends always look better for McCain because younger voters are out and about. They don't call cell phones in their polls either. How many voters under 30 do you know whose main or only form of communication is their cell phones?



    October 12, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. Walter, Long Beach

    I wish that CNN would stop this "poll of polls" nonsense.

    An index of polls only shows meaningful changes in a race if the index is made up of the same polls each time it is computed. If you include different polls every time, as CNN does, all you do is aggregate their error margins, which is why you can't calculate the error margin of the index itself.

    Please stop this exercise in statistical baby talk.

    October 12, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. John Vandermeer.

    I wonder when McCain would winn the election, if his "Maverick Mask"
    would come off and another 4 years of the same or worse would happen.

    Also if Palin ever would take over as President wouldn't you have the very first winking President in history?


    October 12, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. Sandra S

    I am sure the 'mini-surge' of a 1 point reduction for Obama is the result of the sleeze ads put out by the McCain camp. And whether you like it or not, McCain's 'swift boating' will not work when it comes to the final results.

    October 12, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. Cleo

    Just wait till Bill and Hillary get on the campaign trail for Obama....I am sure they will go to Ohio....then take one of your stupid polls....Obama will be way ahead!!!!!

    October 12, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. NCTarheel

    The hate, doubt and fear campaign used by McCain is the same platform that Bush ran on. It won't work this time. The American people are sick and tired of all this noise.

    October 12, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  16. Roni

    I consider myself a democrat.
    I am not white or black.
    I am voting for McCain/Palin.
    Okay, I consider myself a reagan democrat.

    But the main reason I vote for McCain is that I don't want our country too liberal, too far to the left.. but more centered..Obama has not really crossed party lines, siding with his colleages nearly 100 % of the time (97%). I have already seen him change postions in the primaries races because changing his mind would benefit him, at the time.

    McCain, while not the best speaker, has shown his ability to reach across partylines and even though in these few weeks he and his campaign staff haven't been as coordinated, he is a more principled man. He wants smaller government.

    October 12, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. Dee

    One thing is clear to MOST of the nation by now: If Barack Obama is not our next President, then something VERY VERY shady is STILL going on in Presidential election politics as it definitely did in the last TWO Presidential elections! It's time Americans take things into their own hands if this sort of underhanded cheating politics is continued THIS YEAR while our nation is undergoing such a major financial crisis as well as other disruptive crisis. NOW is a very very good time to MAKE SURE that positive CHANGE will occur in every respect of our lives as citizens of the USA!

    October 12, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. D

    We have people that have been in congress and the sen. from the revolutionary war, but we as a society don't have the balls enough to change that. So when these people in the government vote they first have to change there hearing aids so that they can hear what is being voted on, then in order to speak the need to have there dentures cleaned while they are at the podium. And people wonder why it takes so long for congress to vote on a bill, hell one vote takes over two hours because that is how long it take for the old politiction to walk down with his cane.

    And you wonder why we are having problem in America.

    October 12, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. Martha

    The headline in this article is so misleading: McCain gains ground in Ohio.

    Hello CNN, McCain is behind in OHIO.

    October 12, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. Keith

    Isn't Ohio a bit of a non-issue? McCain's got much of the continental US to cover before it's even a race again. You're trying to inflate a leaky inner tube on this scoop.

    October 12, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. Smart American

    I don't believe that McCain has gained any ground by closing in by a single point. That is cheap talk and unfair bias. CNN has always been pro Republican and downplays any positive efforts made by the Obama/Biden campaign. For a long time in this country there has been inequality and unfairness propagated by the rich white old folks who opposed the end of slavery bitterly and are staunch McCain supporters. These old white folks are set in their own ways & are not ready for change nor don't they want change. This is one of the reasons why they are preaching politics of lies, hatred, division and racism. America is a melting point of all races, diversity and people from all ethnic background. OBAMA is the best choice of President for America in this defining moment. McCain is a proxy of Bush presidency. Palin is a non-starter and not fit to lead – she deserves not to be a VP. If most white people vote for McCain just because he is white that proves that white people in this country are racist and that will not change period. This election is all about important issues and the future generations. The youth should register to vote and turnout in record numbers to vote in order to make the difference. Change is comming America. I'm a proud white American and I believe in CHANGE. Let us vote for BARACK OBAMA on election day and restore America on the face of the earth. God bless America!!!

    October 12, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. Mike

    Obama will win at least 300 electorals votes. I'm a white male conservative voter. I'll be voting for Obama. I'm John Mccain worst nightmare come true, because they are many others just like me. I also live in the battleground state of Florida.

    October 12, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. Linda Schatzer

    CNN always does this...they always try to help McCain. At least MSNBC tells the other side of the truth with Palin and her secessionist husband..and her herself telling them to keep up the good work. CNN never mentins this. Sorry...but I will take the other news station which to me is more accurate reporting. Not like CNN. They report only what will help McCain. The fact that Palin is still lying and saying she didnt do nothing wrong legally or ethically is really something, Yes Ms Palin...you were found wrong ethically so stop thinking we are too stupid to not grasp what we read. Unlike you...we have some intelligence. Not like your amateurish friends that you put in your cabinet that know nothing about nothing. People should read some of the Alaskan papers. The true Palin is there.

    October 12, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. Republican

    doesnt matter how much the democrats blog. It will be Mccain/Palin ticket will be the winner. Even kerry was pronounced as the winner in the post voting, but what happened? Obama is not going to do something great to the economy that mccain wouldnot do. People know about it, and will be made clear on nov 4.

    Go Mccain/Palin '08.

    October 12, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  25. Donna Smith

    McCain has no hope in Ohio! or VA, PA, FL, etc. This election is going to be a landslide for OBAMA/BIDEN across America. We need a change!!! I agree with the cell phone theory – they don't have a clue and they are not being counted!


    I am a 56 year old retired female Navy Chief Petty Officer strongly supporting Obama/Biden 08.


    October 12, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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