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. Mike, California

    I won't be happy until Bush gives us all an apology for all this damage, debt and hate.

    I can't wait until Nov 4 Obama/Biden 2008

    October 12, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. Rasmus Sonderriis

    The concept of "sampling error" is poorly explained.

    For instance, "3% samling error" usually means is that "there is 95% chance that the sampling error is below 3 percentage points".

    October 12, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  3. The Republican Conscience

    The Black vote has always been Democratic, regardless of who the candidate is. Maybe if Obama was a Republican, and 90% of Blacks were voting for him, this argument might mean something.

    October 12, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. Carol

    Senator McCain 's experience will net us ( the USA ) the changes we need. The other guy is real scarey. His lack of REAL experience is something we need to be aware of. He has lots of unknown in his resume. Any EMPLOYER would be skeptical and VERY CAUCIOUS befor hiring him to a top level position. WHY ARN'T THE US TAXPAYERS paying attention to this? Is it because he TALKS so much and they are being FOOLED by the blabber? I wonder. The speculators, the American Press, and the TERRORISTS are ALL for him ! But DO WE REALLY KNOW WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HIM. TALKM IS CHEAP, and AMERIC IS NOT for SALE. Pay attention. "They" are out there JUST WAITING – waiting to BUY UP AMERICA. John McCain will not let that happen. He will STAND UP FOR AMERICA, AMERICANS and OUR WAY OF LIFE. The life WE have worked so hard to have. Be a PROUD AMERICA. VOTE for A PROUD AMERICAN – JOHN McCAIN '08

    October 12, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. jayeandvic

    Those Ohio folks must like the hate and fear mongering, and race baiting that McCain and Palin are spreading.
    I don't like it at all, and they must stop.
    And why isn't the media standing up to John McCain and the horrible hate filled campaign he's running?

    October 12, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. Joe Goedereis

    Nice spin CNN, almost as good as Fox. He's "gaining ground" in Ohio because he made up 1 point? Are you kidding me? It's within the margin of error, what planet are you on?

    October 12, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. Nathaniel

    Vote your heart because you believe that person is better for the country. I do think Obama is better. That's why I vote for him.

    It's that simple.

    October 12, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. Diane

    I wish I wasn't from Ohio!

    October 12, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. therealmarie

    CNN on a daily basis is becoming sillier and sillier. One point gain, give me a break. Soon it will not worth the look see on your front page ticker.

    October 12, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  10. Dan

    McCain supporters are obviously to stupid to vote... Go and get an education you losers. The guy can't speak correctly, is just like Bush, picked a VP who basically was a mayor (and that's it), and will probably die of old age in his term leaving the mayor to run our country.. You people are losers, we're in trouble and the last thing we need is more of the same.

    October 12, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  11. Boyd

    John, let's get something straight about taxes. Many decry them, but how do we pay for this war? How do we pay the young men and women who we've put in harm's way? How do we pay for education? How do we pay for infrastructure - highways and bridges? How do we pay for this mess Washington has created? How do we pay for the betterment of our country?

    In short, as opposed to thinking only of one's self, perhaps we should broaden our gaze toward funding & fixing these problems we so brazenly decry. By golly, John, perhaps taxes are a patriotic duty.

    October 12, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. Ronald

    Really we are making tickers for one point? CNN manufacturing news like no other news network in the world?

    October 12, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. JDfromBrooklyn

    I just don't understand, mccain/palin are not talking about the issues but are inciting the crowd with hate speech...that isn't america, how can anyone vote for them...i'm guessing its ok to refer back to a dark period in america in order to win? isn't that putting country second? WAKE UP america...

    October 12, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  14. julius

    Its so absurd to listen to the presenters on fox news channel promoting hate.I mean if u love mcCain try to not to cause doubt in the minds of american by branding the other candident a terrorist.You know what, being called a terrorist is a very negative thing.Today i have been watching that mcCain channel(fox news)they were talking about character and conduct of the two presidential candidents(barack and mcshame) but mcshame has no blamish..obama moves about with terrorists(very absurd)

    America will stay in the same state if the likes of fox news continue running programs of hate...

    October 12, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. Joe M

    Look at Real Clear Politics. Yes, it's close, but Obama is gaining.

    October 12, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  16. j g

    Umm, a 1% "bounce" (which is probably just noise) is a "gain" and headline news? If the very next poll shows Obama back up by 4 is that going to make headline news?

    October 12, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  17. Joseph Smith

    Hopefully Ohio's voters will maintain their senses and not go Republican this time. Look how well voting for George Bush served the country and its economy. We don't need McCain and his erratic thinking or Palin and her hate filled personality getting anywhere near the center of power in this nation. Bush has already put us back nearly a century, we can't stand this anymore.

    October 12, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  18. Paul from Ohio

    The only people votting for Mcshame in Ohio are the rich.They dont care about the rest of the country the only thing they care about is there greedy tax cuts.While are homeless population has skyrocketed.And are food banks are running out of food are state has gone broke.So if you want sum one to blame blame the rich people of Ohio ,Who have turned a blind eye to the rest of the state.Heartless selfish and cruel.G.O.P.Should stand for [Greedy Old People] not grand old party.You should see how the wealthy in this state treat the rest of us!

    October 12, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  19. GE - MD

    It ain't over till it's over!

    October 12, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  20. Uhmmm

    There's increased concern about voting fraud in Ohio so maybe this has motivated some toward McCain. It's such a small poll increase – hardly newsworthy, though I believe Obama will still take the state.

    October 12, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  21. jimmy

    America's economic are not insurmountable as people fear.
    " The only thing we have to fear is FEAR itself" FDR , one of our greatest Presidents pulled off the great recovery of the great depression of 1929-1932. Not only that FDR lead our country to Victory in WWII . The LORD GOD Almighty sits on His Throne and is
    in Total CONTROL. When Israel is threatened and surrounded by
    enemies seeking its destruction or harm,, The GOD and The Most High and Holy One of Israel will protect her and destroy her enemies.
    This TRUTH is Repeated over and over again in the OLD TESTAMENT. Further, when these things begin to happen, the end time is near . Nuclear Weapons of Israel's enemies will be of no avail.
    Almighty GOD will protect not only Israel but all Believers in Jesus Christ.. Enemies of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ will suffer the wrath of GOD. This is my testimoy for this sunday , The Lord's Day.

    October 12, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  22. anyi

    i cannot see any different between macains vidoe ads and osama bin laden vidoe tapes, all incites followers to hate, kill and treat non followers as enermy, unfortunately this is happening inside the US and not in the middle east. macain should step down

    October 12, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  23. Harry, IL

    This is interesting. John McCain will be our next president. Barack is a fraud and people will realize it. He has no economic plan and he is simply talking on the surface. People listened and now they know that there is no substance.Barack and his democrat friends are responsible for mortgage mess.

    October 12, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. Ratgurl

    McCain has nothing to offer Ohio. All those obs that have been shipped overseas – McCain's position on that is "tough titties."

    At least Obama is trying to bring the obs back home to the hardworking citizens of the US. Who's the logical choice?

    October 12, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. Chris S.

    Oh those numbers may be music to John McCains ears but ask yourself, is that good news for America? I know McCain means well to do well in his run for office but his past judgement, current ideas and frankly some of his behavior show a man who, in my opinion is not himself ready to lead.

    He says he knows how to capture Bin Laden and he will capture him. Kinda selfish not to share that information prior to the lives lost in the United States minimal effort to hunt for Jerk Bin Laden dont you think? I wonder why a General as great as McCain claims Petreus is, hasn't been provided details on this genius of a plan? I tell you it's words like those and more that we heard from our current president in regard to WMD, the economy and more that have America right were we are today. Less we forget our problems have consistently over the past 8 years dragged the rest of the world thru the ringer as well.

    So much focus on hate and not enough focus on issue is all I have seen from McCain's camp. Old people using old tactics to re-open memories of days of old when just the insinuation of an injust idea caused hangings and murder and riots and marches and supreme court cases. I am glad McCain took somewhat of a stand recently but more than McCain needs to step up to that plate. Republicans and democrats alike that are not as some people have proven to be at McCain – Palin campaigns need to echo this call to respect the individuals in this race while debating the issues in a civil manner.

    We as Americans do not want attitudes to revert back to a 1960's like atmosphere. It was a horrible time for the history of this country in which the "allow voters to think what they like as long as they vote for me" style of politics was front and center. Many of the politicians were careful then not to say anything blatent or outright about one group over the other but the referenced hints were there and so followed the ruthless cowardly acts of hate and prejudice that were then and are so unbefitting of any who calls themselves american.. no matter what their background. Many peoples lives and rights were taken from them injustly and if we ever see anything like that happen in this day and age... I fear for us all as a country.

    Choose wiseley everyone.. this is to important to let stupidity or irrationality rule you decision.

    October 12, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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