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. jake

    just type mccain in youtube, watch a video called the Mccain-Palin mob and you will get your answers. I feel disgusted by the amount of hate and ignorance the mccain campaign has seeded into these republican people's brains. I sure hope they are uneducated. You have to see it to believe it. I guess the black voters have supported the democrats (much of the time (90% for Kerry last elections) and here again since they can connect with Obama because of his appearance, which as you know are very different form the other presidents. I have a friend who says "give him a chance because he deserves it as first of all, it is hard enough to even be a democratic nominee being black let alone president of the u.s.a"

    October 12, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. ML - California

    It is not going to matter how much ground McCain gains in the short time left, the Democrats have ways to make sure that Obama will be in the White House and how dare Obama donate a sizable amount of money to ACORN who already has proceeded with voting and doing it illiegally. This country isn't even a Democracy anymore and what happend to the right to vote and have that vote counted?

    October 12, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    Good for everyone who called CNN on their 'headline' .... honestly, 1%?

    My husband, a mathematics major (yeah.... another elitist!) says that since the pollsters do not cell numbers, they have to 'estimate'....... estimation is hardly science!

    I am grateful for the MANY, white, blacks, latinos, asians, old, young, middle age people who comment on these blogs and have thoughtfully decided to vote fore brilliance, change, decency!


    October 12, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. jean from orlando

    i sure hope these people from Ohio wakes up. Ohio is ravaged by the economic down turn and I hope they realize a vote for McCain means the uneployment rate will surely get worse

    October 12, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. Praetorian

    Good to see common sense appears to be prevailing.
    You know–it's taken us centuries to get to where we are today–when you here a totally inexperienced man like Barack Obama talk about all the things he's going to change or fix in America–you've got to wonder where he stands in mental reality.

    Traditions, economics, heritage, threats (outside and inside), fiscal resources, all have to be taken in to consideration–when you analyze the liklihood of support in Washington and the physics regarding fiscal resources–he's talking kin of wierd.

    On the issue of race.
    I believe a large number of members of all races support Mr. Obama. But the fact that such a large number of blacks are also supporting him–demonstrates to me the inequality of race in this election is mostly on hands of a majority of black Americans who have abandoned their own reason and judgement to vote purely along racial lines.

    October 12, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  6. LouieLou

    It doesn't matter, if Obama/Biden lose Ohio, Obama has Pa., Va., Fl., Co., NV., NM and NC., all leaning or solid blue in his favor. Ruling out any possibility of a McShame/Ms Appalling win. Let them have their say, it won't matter, but it would look bad for the people of this state to endorse a loser. Wake-up Ohio, don't be fool by the sleezy McBush is feeding you!

    October 12, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  7. Independent now for McCain

    CNN is generally has a liberal bias. FOX generally has a conservative bias. It seems that when either station says anything that does not completely fit into their typical banter, their zombie fans freak out.

    Whoa, CNN is not saying bad things about McCain. Let's all whine about it.

    October 12, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. chris-using reason

    This is not a gain for McCain. CNN shows in the last poll Obama leading by 4 50%- 46%. Now it shows 49 – 46. This means Obama lost a point but McCain remained the same. So where did that 1% go? Statistical error maybe. Come on this isn't worth reporting but I guess CNN got us all to read the article so it worked.

    October 12, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. Bob

    How can you declare that McCain has gained ground based on a, perhaps less than, 1 percent increase in a poll that doesn't even offer a sampling error! Obviously the writer does not understand the concept of statistics or is purposefully misleading the reader.

    October 12, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  10. Anita of georgia

    Obama, will still carry Ohio. So McCain don't get you hopes up. When you get rid of that dumb bunny Sarah Palin, maybe you probably could win. That big mouth of her's has almost derailed your campaign. Throw her under the bus, where she belong. You betcha! Sarah how do it fell to get booooooooooooooooed?

    October 12, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. Laurie

    The McCain campaign is embarrasingly unethical and dishonest. To think a man who at one time was ruined, hurt, and violated by the same tactics used on him. Rove and other campaign managers blasted McCains reputation and he has chosen to sell his soul. Although he has an opportunity to create education on smear campaigns, PTSD, benefits, and dishonesty, he chooses to sell out. Palin told America during the debates she will not follow directions at the debate but will gladly follow her own rules. How can we trust her to follow the rules in our Administration? How can we trust she will do the honorable thing for America when she defies rules and ethics? Between Palin and McCane, they are on a road to the depths of depression. Wake up America! Our allies hate us; we represent dishonor and a superficial philosophy.
    Point out McCanes actual vote against the VETS. He could have educated people on PTSD and the high rate of suicide among them. Instead, he chooses to sell out and vote against them. He suffered; so why can't he turn that pain into something valuable by helping and educating others? He made his choice. How many people have been injured in war? Their children? Guilt from suicides? Children watching their parents change? He sold out.
    McCane is inciting hatred, division, anger, and prejudice, remeniscent of the 60's. He is bringing us back to a time of racial divide and ignorant prejudice. He is bringing our country to a point so many of us fought to repair. He sold his soul and will leave many victims in his trail. He is clearly putting himself before country and integrity

    October 12, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  12. brenda from san francisco CA

    Latinos for OBAMA, i'ts time for change in america we need some one who is concernd with foreign palizes who is willing to seat down and discuss real politics. don't forget that we also have to deal with inmigration in this country open the boarders.

    October 12, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  13. jonathan

    Obama and the Dems will take ALL in landslide election.


    October 12, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. PCS / North Carolina

    If “Joe six pack” and the “Hockey moms” wants to get the GOP in power, that’s OK. But do not thrash talk and spew hatred in your Klan rallies. Rather, talk about what you are going to do to revive our bleeding economy. It is easy to call “Kill him”, “palling (Palin) with terrorists”, “Stunned” “mad”, because a half white man is in the lead.

    October 12, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  15. Denise

    Is this a cover up for their cheating ballots to make it look like Obam is cheating with his ballots? Give me a Break!

    October 12, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. White woman of 63 for Obama from Day 1.

    To all that "profess to be a Republican" still, after the Bush Administration and McCain (90% vote towards Bush tactics)
    should be ashamed. You are voting against America. NO ONE
    CAN DENY that America has went down hill for the last 8 years,
    and you might as well be voting again, for BUSH!

    I cannot fathom, when I hear some of the people ON CNN, like
    REP. HEATHER WILSON from N.M. that these types "really believe
    what they are saying. Do these people realize what they are doing
    to America? My hope is that people like HEATHER WILSON, or
    the rest that can call themselves REPUBLICAN, still, with all the lies
    from the MCCAIN PALIN CAMPAIGN, can believe their own statements! And that the people in N.M. and other states that have
    the Republicans to re-elect, will not do so. Especially the Heather
    Wilsons of the Country who profess that they believe in the Bush-
    Cheney, McCain-Palin way!!!!!!

    October 12, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  17. gl

    MATT – 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!

    Yes, that is so true most Older American including myself are predjuice that why I love the young people becasue they are going to show us older American true united and predjudice will be no more!

    October 12, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  18. Jerome

    This race to the Whitehouse should not even be close given what Bush and Cheney have done over the past 8 years!

    October 12, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. charles

    When you vote remember to vote your own best self interest. If your from the midwest like I am then you see whats around you when you drive thru your state. Close plants abandoned factories. Industrial work once was the life blood of the midwest now it's gone. Weaken unions by voting republican in these states for more than 30 years (democrats have always supported unions) have run these jobs out of town. So all I can say is vote your own best self interest.

    October 12, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  20. wood

    to all those obama supporters,I am stunned with the outragous racesim and prejudice that are reflected in your comments and behavior. you are so driven either by idiology or racesim to elect a black president that you have gone to unpresedented length to help obama ,sacreficing in the process your morals,integrity and honor. all the things that made this country great. you have even sacrificed the clinton's who have been the stars of yuo party.I came to this country as an immigrant 15 years ago,and i love everything about it. but i am so discussted with the bias and dishonisty that are reflected in your behavior and comments.just have the moral courage to come out and say that we are supporting obama because he is black.shame on all of you

    October 12, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. You Can Run But You Can Not Hide!

    "Rick " you and your fellow Repub smear mongers should produce your documents of facts! When you have a leaders McCain and Palin who lies each time they open their mouth, is no surprisen that followers like replicate their behaviour!

    October 12, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. sadie

    I am ashamed of the way the repubs are inciting hateful propaganda statements. Sen. McCain tried to quiet one of his supporters, when the supporter made statement about his fear if Senator Obama won the presidential campaign. However, he and his running mate are responsible for such statements and now he is trying to lean away from it when it was clearly broadcast by the media. Case in point a few weeks ago, a black family in Franklin, TN (a very affluent city) had his care vandalized with racial slogans because he had an Obama sticker on car. Unfortunately, people have become a little afraid to wear Obama/Biden pins because of the stupid and hateful treatment by the modern day pharisees (republicans). Not all republicans act like modern day pharisees, but the bad ones give the good ones a really bad name. Ms. Palen is a good example of a modern day pharisee. She does not think beyond her own needs, she does not think of the consequences of her statements. By the way, when Katie Couric asked her about the supreme court rulings, why didn't the Valdez ruling quickly come to her 'mind'. I know she stated she could see Russia across the waters, could she not see the oil spill area also.

    October 12, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  23. Marge

    With democrats like lewis accusing McCain, now, instead of Hillary as being a racist, guess McCain is showing the democrats are getting desperate.

    obama's thugs hammered and bamming Hillary calling her a racist it worked so well he is now trying it on McCain. WHY IN THE DEVIL DOESN'T THE MSM POST SOME OF THE STUFF ABOUT OBAMA. AND WHERE WHERE WHERE IS HIS BIRTH CERTIFICATE.

    How a man who is not even a citizen of this country get to be the democratic candidate shows the corruption in the present democratic party. I have been a democrat for 60 years and have never ever seen such corruption and greed in the democrats. How could they let this collaspe of the banking industry happen, when McCain tried to get them to vote for regulations on Wall street and the greedy big companies and they refused.

    October 12, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. Bruce

    Iam for MaCaine and Palin all the way. best thing that could happen to this country. She will make a good VP. Wake up People. he will be a good PRES. Experience.

    October 12, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  25. Dingo

    I have stood on the battle lines in the middle of exploding bombs, shells and torpedoes for the justice within this nation, and have also helped in the defense industry on one of the most critical of needed national security projects, wrote test specifications for it. We have been in a globalization movement as the only possible way we could keep pace with a changing world short of self-isolation and the suicide of our nation. I will not seek to tell anyone how they should vote. I will say it is extremely important that each of us does vote and vote with the best of our judgments and within our individual conciences. As for color, I would vomit on anyone who did not first seek competent leadership no matter if our next president was black, white, or purple. I want to see ethical and competent leadership in charge. We don't have time to play games with political stupidity.

    October 12, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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