October 12th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
6 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. Len in Washington

    You folks might want to check the polls again. Other sources have Obama up by as much as 10 points. The lowest I could find was four.

    October 12, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. Hong Schmidtke

    Instinctly I don't like McCain. He mentioned again and again about his sound "records". I am sure he would do nothing virtually diffirent from Bush if he should be elected as president of USA, though I found Bush a nice naughty boy who has put USA into a dangerous play 8 years lang. Very sad for Americans! Are you really lack of a brilliant person?

    October 12, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. Bulldog

    Why isn't the Palin abuse of power getting more legs? If this were a charge against Senator Obama or Biden the GOP would be attacking them 24/7 over it. Is this because Palin is a woman that she is able to get away with it. It was actually her husband who was the most guilty using his wife's executive position to constantly pressure numerous state officials from the governor's office and recourses. Sarah and Todd did not pressure people to fire their ex-brother-in-law on their own personal time. They pressured people from the governors office on government time with government resources. They pressured subordinates under Sarah Palin who she could fire at any time to fire their ex-brother-in-law. This was a personal vendetta they had. It is absolutely ridiculous that Sarah and Todd Palin are getting away with this.

    October 12, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. Dianne

    Come on America. We need change and hope. I feel very positive about this election. Let us not argue about white are black, christian or non christian, male or female. If we let race, religion, or gender become an issue , America looses. McCain, Palin, and Cindy McCain will have won, surely through seeking divisive, and negative speeches at their rallies.To that kind of rhetoric we must say No, We Will Not. Obama seeks to unite us as one people. With this global economic problem, we must stand together, and put America back where America belongs. Number 1. With Obama at the forefront regaining our country's leadership in the world and at home. We say, "Yes We Will"!

    October 12, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. JFK

    McCains clan rallies and dishonorable campaign must be reaching its target audience!

    October 12, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. dragonfly777

    Obama with no experience and Foot in Mouth Biden will bring you change alright. Dumb and Dumber. Why do you think Biden could never make a serious run for office. Obama will only continue to blame the Republicans for his failed policies He will whine and cry all 4 years if elected. The Dems want to take away your 401k tax deferment. You stupid people don't think it can get worse? The worthless Dems pushed through the bailout, want to give another 150 billion in a stimulus package with money not there. I will say this for Obama there no greater aphrodisiac than having people thinking they will get free money and the government to pat your bottoms. You will pay in ways you can't imagine. But you deserve everything you get... and I will be here to remind you everyday.

    October 12, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  7. Jen, California

    Chipster:

    WHO'S GONNA PAY FOR IT?

    October 12, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  8. RALPH HERNZ PHILLY

    THE SONG "GOD BLESS AMERICA" SAYS IT ALL! IT WILL BE SUNG IF BARRACK HUSEIN OBAMA WINS!!

    WAKE UP AMERICA, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT BIG RISK. BE CAREFULL WHAT YOU WISH FOR, YOU MIGHT GET IT, TOGETHER WITH THE WHOLE PACKAGE OF AYRS, WRIGHT,REZKO AND IN THE BACKGROUND, FARRAKAN! WHAT A DEAL!!!

    GO PHILLIES, GO!

    October 12, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. Jesus

    Jerry Wynn,
    Open your eyes Brother... it's the rethuglican party that wants to cut medicare and social security. It's the rethuglicans who have screwed us through unbridled deregulation. Did you vote for Bush twice? If so, step back and give your own political judgment an objective review.

    October 12, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. Diana

    How is it that Obamas democtats always cry foul and use race as the issue when the republicans never bring race up..............grow up

    October 12, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. Peter

    Ohio will be a toss-up state every four years, if mccain fails to win it he will lose the election, if he can pick it up then he might have a chance if he cheats. Racisim will take part in some states, maybe Ohio, maybe not...election night will show us where the rednecks live

    October 12, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. Mark R

    And let us not forget the over 800,000 dollars that Obama gave to a front group for ACORN,,,, which they now ADMIT was for get out and vote efforts.

    The originally said it was for stages, lighting and sound systems.,,,

    Another lie by Obama,,, or will he simply say,, gee whiz,, I did not know????

    October 12, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. the good times are coming!!!!!!!!!

    an AMERICAN CHRISTIAN INTELLIGENT and with MORAL VALUES will be elected PRESIDENT OF THIS UNITED
    STATES OF AMERICA………BARACK HUSEIN OBAMA !!

    THE REAL DEAL !!! !!! !!!

    October 12, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. Dark Horse

    Yes, (maybe) 90% of blacks have voted Democrat in the past, but voter turnout among them has been very low. This time, it will be 90% of many more thousands–maybe a million–more people than have ever voted before.

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    October 12, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. mike

    We should have spending limits. Anyone who raises as much money as Obama can buy an election. I hope the undecided take this into account.

    October 12, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  16. Overseas Obama supporter

    The nation has had 102 major-party tickets covering 51 presidential elections over more than two centuries. And we've never had a ticket in which both candidates on the same ticket were responsible for ethics violations before a national election. McCain/Palin is the first.

    It makes the whole "reform" pitch a little more difficult, doesn't it?

    October 12, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  17. John

    Ohio will be ProBama, I'm sure.

    October 12, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  18. FL GOP (1 of 537)

    Tayo : I think that YOUR vote on November 4th is going to 'fall within approximation error'.

    October 12, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. Ron L

    But I have a MUCH larger issue than this new Ohio poll…
    And that is with Governor Palin as a potential Vice President ..she's just not that smart. No, offense it's just the truth. What other reason would the McCain campaign have for not ALLOWING her to do ANY more interviews without Senator McCain at her side??
    THE REASON IS CLEAR.
    Because she is not qualified and you can REALLY tell when you ask her questions that require spontaneous answers other than remembered talking points.
    I ask you members of the Republican party..Do you REALLY want this type of person in the White House?? The last person we elected that was of average intelligence was….
    George W Bush and look at the mess the world is in from that election!!
    WHEN is she going to do interviews on CNN, ABC, NBC, MSNBC. How in the world are we allowing this woman to run for this office without going on the Sunday morning interview process??
    LETS NOT LOWER THE BAR JUST BECAUSE IT'S A WOMAN (HILLARY HAD TO GO THROUGH THE PROCESS AND DID VERY WELL NO MATTER WHAT STATION SHE WAS ON)…
    DEMAND MORE INTERVIEWS ON OTHER STATIONS..FOX ALONE DOES NOT CUT IT!!!

    October 12, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  20. TheNoBullExpress

    The greed on Main Street:

    Are Americans fully aware that thousands upon thousand of local mortgage brokers and loan officers from companies such as Countrywide and Ameriquest are as much to blame as Wall Street?

    These people were often making $200,000 a year; many upper level managers making a $1,000,000 per year. Soon, America will learn to what extent, these local salespeople lied for a living, while originating these 'bad' loans. The greed was rampant. The money flowed.
    Thousands with no more than a high school diploma, worked the phones with 150 calls a day. They raped and pillaged the equity people had in their homes, charging huge fees for these loans.

    These were your friendly, local 'SubPrime' lenders. They were barracudas for risky loans paying them outrageous commissions

    No doubt, a high percentage of these people loved the no regulation environment of Bush, Inc. Phil Gramm, another crook from Texas, set the laws in motion. Gramm was a high level staff member for the McCain campaign, until his slip of the tongue about 'Americans being whiners.' Phil Gramm, sociopath at large.

    Make no mistake, Gramm will have a high level cabinet position should America elect McCain. His wife Wendy, former Enron accountant, will also be a probable pick, also contributing to your governments decisions.

    October 12, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  21. Jeff from new Jersey

    Vote for OBAMA BIDEN 2008!!! First McCain / Palin called Barack a Terrorist. When that strategy didn't work know Mc Insane I mean McCain says Obama is a good decent familly man that his supporters shouldn't be afraid of if he becomes president. He should have said when he becomes president. What is it john because I don't know any Good Decent Terrorist. McCain is a Liar & So is Palin. Barack will win. No Weapon formed against him will prosper. Even if it has on Lipstick!!!! The 1% gain is those who believe the Lies & are uninformed. OBAMA will WIN!!!

    October 12, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. George

    McCain is an decent guy – many of his views are not mine though, but his lifelong work in politics for the sake of results, even across the aisles is a quality in itself.
    I feel sorry for him, seeing him squeezed into a corner he doesn't belong by the most horrible and cynical party tactics – true reminders of the old deal Washington.
    Though I have some sympathy for McCain- his incredible desperate pick of Palin as VP is just too tactical as it could be called bad judgement only.
    Palin is like ghost you call on for one specific reason, hoping that after delivery everything is just as it was before – but Palin isn't the type to give away the new fame that easily.
    Can anyone even find sleep when thinking about her eventually leading the Worlds last Superpower ?
    Dear Sen. McCain – this is what I would call bad judgement.

    October 12, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. The Cosmos & MCCAIN Rocks!!

    »EXCELLENT NEWS!! GO MCCAIN! GO!

    October 12, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  24. andrew

    The problem with the democrat party is that they are having an identity crisis. This is the party that prides themselves as the ultimate upholders of the constitution. Freedom of speech being there strong point. However it has become evident that if you disagree with them on any issue you are labeled as a racist, redneck or what have you. Look what conspired in the south. A Obama organized group had Law enforcement officers arresting anyone who gave "misleading" information on Obama. Of course the good governor stopped this but this is the new face of America. In the name of "good" your voice will be quelled if it's not in accordance with the government.

    October 12, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  25. love Palin in Ohio

    Can't wait for Palin to come to Ohio, she represents our true values. Go Palin Power

    October 12, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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