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. Ron M

    Boo to CNN for its misleading headlines. "McCain gains ground in tight race" would lead the reader to believe that a significant event had occurred shifting a state or nation polling from Senator Obama to Senator McCain.

    Instead, we are treated with yet another worthless poll that now suggests that Obama's 4-point lead is now down to 3-points. Any statistician will tell you that this is a natural cycle of any poll and given the margin of error, it makes it both impossible and irresponsible to report or draw conclusions from such change.

    Come on CNN, there is plenty of news to report so don't waste the reader's time with "fluffy headlines" that leave us empty.

    October 12, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. Obama-Junkie, IL

    Don't believe the poll hype. Obama is winning bigger than the polls are estimating. The polls just have Obama vs McCain as a pick. Come November 4th there will be 4 names to consider on the ballot, Obama, McCain, Nader and Barr. The political pundits are under estimating the attraction of Barr in the South.

    Also the polling is done based on voter registration from 2004. All the millions of new and re-engaged voters are not seriously evaluated in this polling.

    October 12, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. akum eben

    Well, i think Mccain has the right to keep going even if the chances for him keeps getting slimmer and slimmer. Mccain may keep changing his subject but Americans are tired of this type of politics

    October 12, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    how could the people of Ohio be stupid enough for vote for a third Bush term??

    October 12, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. Kris, Atlanta

    McCain/Palin have been campaigning in Ohio 3/1 over Obama this week. With all of the recent controversy (and publicity) raised by the hatemongering in Ohio, I am not surprised that this has affected the polls.

    I am not so worried about one percentage point....

    October 12, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. gl

    Ohio must have the must racist and dump people ever. It is the ecomony you dumping not someone character. Rick Shaw 97 percent of blacks vote demcratic so why will they not support Obama 97 percent when he is a decomractic not becasue he is black. The McCain/Palin with all their evil attaches on Obama character instead of forcuing on the real issues. How about Power of Abuse for Palin character more of the same as the Bush Administration.

    October 12, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. Yellow Dog Democrat in Texas

    John,
    Apparently you think that anyone who earns under $250,000 a year is an underachiever, since this is the group that will not see a tax increase under President Obama.
    You should educate yourself before making statements that make you seem ignorant.

    October 12, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  8. Linda Ness

    In all the garbage slinging I am wondering how folks are missing the fact that the Palins openly support a group that hopes to bring Alaska to a point where cessation from the US can occur. For 7 years Mr. Palin was in active participation with a group to pull this off. Sarah spoke to that group very recently. So what's up with that???? Sounds rather unpatriotic to me and scary that she and her husband have that sort of attitude. Bringing that to the white house along with some of whatever else is being revealed about Sarah Palin is not at all comforting to me. We know what we know about the rest of the candidates and we are just getting to know about Palin. NIghtmares all around!!!! I feel sorry for MCCain. He's a decent man and no matter that I disagree with him on all important issues, win or lose, he and Palin have been unsavory participants in this election.

    October 12, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. Gambi

    Judge a man by his character not by the color of his skin, judge a man by his commitment to unite us and lead us forward in a time of crisis because he believes together we can make it happen.

    Vote for a man who can remain calm and think clearly and who reaches out to the best of minds when faced with difficult decisions.

    Vote for a man who understands the struggles of today's families, the single mom, the blended family, the elderly on social security, the student struggling to make it through school, the unemployed, the sick without health care and families facing the rising cost of food, shelter.

    Vote for a man who believes in the importance of a quality education.

    Vote for a man who understand the importance of a stable family enviorment for our children.

    Vote for a man who understands the importance of regaining the respect in the world we have lost through failed foreign policies.

    Vote for a man who understands we need alternative forms of energy to survive and keep us from being dependent on foreign oil.

    Vote for a man who understands how critical it is to create jobs and keep america working.

    Former Ohio resident and my heart is always with you Ohio, Go Bucks!
    Please Vote Hope Not Hate
    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 12, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. sick n tired

    Just goes to show you how many IDIOTS there are in this country! And what state(Ohio) there from!

    October 12, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. OOOOBAMA

    Is a one point higher in a poll truly "gaining ground". Maybe a better headline "McCain surprisingly holding ground in Ohio". The article could then discuss how he is likely to lose this, especially after the next debate. Isn't Obama still winning this state?????!!!!!!!

    October 12, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. Adrienne

    McCain goes up one point because of some light weight local newspaper poll.

    October 12, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  13. Jeff

    I've lived in Ohio for 20 plus years now and outside of Columbus, the economy in Ohio is in terrible shape yet people still want to keep voting Republican. Remeber Gergen saying you can't poll racism; come November if McCain wins Ohio you'll be able to poll that along with stupidity.

    October 12, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. Gail in SC

    This just means we have to work harder since it is counted by CNN as having gained ground even though your numbers don't go up. That's a trip. Keep our eyes on the ball all Obama/Biden voters. They want us to relax and we can't ever relax our guard.

    October 12, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. David

    Voting for Obama/Biden is not an easy vote for me, because I am a product of the 1940' and 50's. However, I have undergone considerable personal change/growth in my attitudes towards people who are different from me. Ridding myself of many biases was a lengthy and difficult process. Included in that process was ridding myself of tolerance for the intolerant among us. I am intolerant of politicians who invoke fear, secrecy, lies & distortions, and seek to distract from the real issues of the day (read that as the economy and the cost of building Bush/Cheney styled Democracy in Muslim Iraq – an impossibility). Accordingly, I cannot vote for McCain/Palin. McCain talks about putting Country first. Baloney. He was a lousy student at West Point, a reckless Pilot, an unfaithful husband to his first wife, a corrupt politician in regard to the S&L crisis, and his actions of intolerance toward anyone who disagrees with him (including an obvious strong dislike for Obama) belie his false mantra of always putting Country above Self and being bi-partisan. He also doesn't take counsel well. Instead, in his own words, he consistently has taken on Democrats and Republicans. Is this because only McCain can see Truth or because he thinks he has God-like qualities and is omnipotent. A vote for McCain is a vote for McCain, not a vote for the United States of America. His actions in the past several weeks make that clear. He is a desperately selfish politician who would do anything to get himself elected. God help us if he is successful.

    October 12, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. Fred

    This is not big news. The high voter registration with record numbers going to the Dems will overshadow McCain's gains.

    The polish is off Palin and the attention has turned to the economy so she won't have much impact with swing voters in Ohio. As far as McCain's campaign is concerned, the party's over. Obama will be our next president.

    October 12, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  17. Kerri from Indy

    Please post this

    Every voter needs to make sure they are still registered to vote. Thousands of voters have been purged from the system illegally. CNN wants to talk about ACORN instead of the disenfranchisement of voters in battleground states. We as voters need to look out for ourselves.

    October 12, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  18. Independent but Leaning

    The scariest words in the English language: "We're Presdient Obama, Speaker Pelousy, and Leader Reid, and we're here to help..."

    And there's no doubt that nich shaw (below) is correct about how racism is truly affecting this election. Imagine the outcries if 95+% of whites were voting for McCain. Obama is setting back race relations 40+ years.

    October 12, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  19. redneck in nyc

    Not over yet. The Right will stop at nothing, they supressed the black vote in 2000 and 2004, and i am convinced they will cheat twice as hard this time...McCain doesn't even have to approve it, his campaign is highjacked by neocons and many on the state and local level, without proper supervision, will also "lose" a lot of Obama votes (just like Kerry and Gore), but never misplace a single one for McCain. It's obvious these people dont care about "Democracy" if they are losing. They are traitors who think they are "Patriots". Still, hopefully Obama will win by a large enough margin that the "exceptionally" hypocritical Repubs cant cheat their way into the white house AGAIN. McCain has had cancer 4 times and is 72. The chance is at LEAST 1 in 6 Palin would become President. Which is probably exactly what the neocon traitors want...another puppet "common man" to blah blah the talking points. We CANNOT let our Country die at the hands of these republican THIEVES. BARACK OBAMA/JOE BIDEN '08 stop being afraid

    October 12, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  20. Unshrub

    CNN had to really work at finding something where they could report McCain gaining on Obama. And all they could find was a change of 1% in one state. Keep it up McCain and and this rate if the election would be held in March of 2010 he might even win.

    October 12, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  21. Mark in Omaha

    Wow, I don't get it. Ignorance abounds. Of course people gulliable enough to vote for McCain and his mindless running mate probably don't know how to turn on a computer, let alone blog. I'm just amazed that McCain has any support after these last 8 years of the country circling the bowl. McCain would be the final flush.

    October 12, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  22. Al C.

    God forbid McCain should win this thing, it will be the 1950's all over again. Segregration will be brought back, we will be taught to hate those that look differently or have different views than we do.
    This poll hardly shows a gain, but if McCain's hate mongering is changing people's minds then we are all doomed.

    October 12, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  23. DX in TX

    To my fellow Senator Barack Obama supporters:
    An important attribute of Senator Obama is his ability to rise above the ignorance of racism and the hateful degrading comments illustrated on this CNN site. Hatemongering is a destructive tool! John McCain has seen first hand what type of person his rhetoric is attracting and I don’t believe he is pleased with the type of people supporting him!

    Let’s lead by example like the next president of the United States. Barack Obama!

    October 12, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  24. soccer mom

    I'm a 56 year old mom living in Northern Ohio, politically center right. We will vote for Obama in November. Strongly considered voting for McCain until he chose an extremely unqualified running mate. If John McCain truly saw the financial crisis looming two years ago, why on earth did he choose such an inexperienced, unproven running mate? And why is Palin so naturally comfortable as McCain's vicious attack dog? What a horrible example to set for her children. What kind of Christian is she??? Enough is too much!

    October 12, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  25. nora CC TXAS

    Michigan Voter
    I am sure Obama is not relaxing thinking he can coast to victory. He is a smart man, he knows Gidget and Grandpa are not done trying to smear him, scare people and just go on and steal the election. Polls can be wrong and the republicans still have 3 weeks to spin lies, and hatred, it is the trademark of the Republicans, ask John Kerry, Al Gore!!!!!

    October 12, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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