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. Scott L

    You liberals are so hateful. I read these comments day in and day out and you trash McCain, you trash Palin and take personal stabs at them. Imagine if you were in their shoes how much vitriol you would be hearing every day. Imagine if people at your office talked behind your back. Imagine the nasty things they would say.

    At least stay focused on the issues and deal with the socialistic agenda that Obama plans for the USA.

    October 12, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. Ronda

    Remember folks, the media's #1 purpose is to gain audience, not to inform, but to turn a profit, like any company or corporation. Therefore, they are best served by reporting on a close race. Close races gives increased viewership.

    It is not a close race. Ohio doesn't really matter in this election. At this point, McCain would have to win all the swing states, plus regain ground on some traditional republican held states in order to win. It would take a major event in his favor for this to happen. (and by no means am I ruling this out).

    People are already voting however. This probably has the biggest impact on the outcome since those who are voting now are reflected in the current polls. This heavily favors Obama right now.

    Stating this is not bias, but just a conclusion based on evidence. The polls have been historically very accurate.

    If you want to keep track of the election & polls, do not rely on major media headlines. Just google "electoral map 2008."

    October 12, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. Bobbie

    Senator McCain is calling for an apology from Senator Obama, when actually McCain and Palin should be apologizing to Mr. Obama. Representative John Lewis was absolutely right in his statement and he should not back down from it. Why do people feel it's ok to do anything they want to blacks and blacks should smile and take it without it being challenged? It’s the same mentality this country is run on "We'll do anything we want and there's nothing you can do about it". Well I'll tell you, I'm sick and tired of it. Anyone in their right mind couldn't possibly consider Palin as a viable VP. But, this shows the dangerous slant of the American mind set. Why is no one talking about the radical, hate filled organization Palin's husband is a member of and that Palin spoke at only 1 year ago? This is what we should be talking about and bringing to the light. John McCain has been involved in corruption, banking fraud and corruption at that (Keating 5). John McCain is still trying to settle a score in his own mind from when he was a POW. He will always support war because he’s angry. John McCain stated, he would freeze all government spending except for military. Doesn’t that say something about this man? He is not the one to lead this country out of this manufactured debacle, he’s apart of it.

    October 12, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. Olivia

    More people will vote for McCain than the polls indicate.
    A lot of us feel that the questions he's raised concerning Obama are legitimate. The John Lewises of this world can cry race as much as they like. McCain is not....will never be a racist.....and the entire country knows him well enough to know that. Obama is questionable, so some are trying to even the playing field by tagging McCain with this offensive charge.

    Look what they've done to Palin. Trying to destroy her and her family...decent human beings.....for what?! This woman will work hard for this country in the years to come. Hillary will probably be too old to run in 2012 as barack has shut her out.

    October 12, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. Pamela

    McCain's not winning in Ohio. People have had enough. But, I am sure Ohio ranks #1 on the GOP must steal list.

    October 12, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. J

    Yeah this poll was conducted before the Troopergate update. So basically, this poll is not a sign McCain is back in it.

    I would not be surprise if a poll in OH shows a double-digit lead for Obama

    October 12, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. elvera

    I am a 65-year old white woman from Texas; I do not belong to any political party; but I absolutely agree with Mr. John Lewis and admire his courage. Yes, McCain and his running mate Sarah Palin are ‘sowing the seeds of hatred and division’ and yes, McCain and Palin are playing with fire. McCain and Palin’ supporters who have shouted "traitor," "terrorist," "treason," "liar" and even "off with his head" during McCain and Palin’s rallies were encouraged by McCain and Palin’s hateful remarks and groundless accusations. Who is Barack Obama? He is a decent man with the most important qualities required to be a leader: intelligence, patience, vision, judgment, and calm. Who is McCain? He is a liar, a racist, a man without values, dignity or honor. Who is Sarah Palin? Nobody with ‘Know-It-All’ attitude. I support one of the comments: ‘It is regrettable that many of the people supporting McCain are doing so not because he may be the best candidate, but because they do not want a non-white as President of the United States. It seems that it is more important to maintain a racially pure "White" house than to have the best man for the job as president. Do we want America that practices what it preaches or America that wants every other nation in the world to do the right thing, but not us?’

    October 12, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. UniteAsOne

    I support Obama, but I have to say that McCain finally earned my respect when he set a woman straight on her statement of Obama not being an American and afraid of him. The first time I saw him really show disgust about this type of rhetoric. Hopefully McCain and Obama will stick to the issues with more in-depth explanations on how they will resolve issues affecting all Americans.

    October 12, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. Joey Six Pack

    I'm voting Obama. I'd be a dang fool not to.

    October 12, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. angryafrican

    Are those horns behind McCain or is someone just knitting something really big?

    October 12, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    This article is unbelieveable. Im starting to think that the Media really deep down inside doesn't want anybody to win. When Obama went to a church where the pastor was controversial. He got blamed. Now people are screaming racially tinged comments at Republican rallies. If the roles were reversed where blacks were expressing their dislikes to white americans then Obama would be blamed and told to control his people. This is a lop-sided double standard. Imagine if one of Obama's daughters had a child out of wedlock. It would probably cost him the election. The point is Obama has to walk a perfect narrow line as if people don't have imperfections. McCain can do as he pleases and just gets a slap on the wrist. The sad thing is the stupid media is playing into McCain's trap. He wants to turn the page on the economy and talk about anything but issues and the Media is playing into the trap by focusing so much on race and character, fear and negativity. It seems as if the media is being paid by the McCain campaign. Everybody wake up and vote the right way. Dont give McCain a reason to make another fairytale storyline to say he was down and out and came back through adversity.

    October 12, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. Annette, Long Beach, California

    Sarah your Moose is waiting at the "Bridge to NOWHERE pack your bags and go back to Alaska. Children Service and the School District should get you for your kids not being in school. Why are you subjecting them to your LIES and bad deeds. Children learn what they are taught by the parents. I Betcha!!! this will hurt them in them in their growning years in you teaching them to LIE,HATE and FIGHT LIKE A BULLDOG WITH LIPSTICK ON. Not only that you are professing to be a Christian this is bad Chriristian behavior. A Christian should be of LOVE, PEACE AND A SOUND MIND. You continue to lean to your own understandings in the choices you have made running as VP and the Troopergate which is leading you down the "road to nowhere".

    October 12, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. Gen X

    i also find it amusing that people don't realize that economy is about 8-10 years behind the changes.... meaning nothing you do now will effect now....

    most of the economy's problems are caused from decisions made 8-10 years ago...

    October 12, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. knownauthor

    The ONLY people still posting pro-McCain arguments are either insane, racist, or paid plants of the McCain campaign. It's in the bag, but everybody please go out and vote just to be sure.

    October 12, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. Obama and the living dead

    Keep going John and you will win!!!

    October 12, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. Julia

    Several young people that I know who weren't sure before the debates. The big issue for them is character and many of them did not like the way that McCain tried to ignore Obama in the debates and the fact that he has not spoken to the issues. In fact one of them told me that McCain's behavior at the end of the 2nd debate really bothered her. She did not like the way he did not speak to Obama or Michelle at the end of the debate. McCain needs to remember that just like a first impression, the last thing you do is the thing people will remember.

    October 12, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. No Hillary = No Obama

    McCain's numbers will once again rise as the economic earthquake settles and stabilizes. McCain has a very good chance of winning this election which brings me to the next point. In today's SF Chronicle there was an article about the "race factor" and how the margin of error on these polls needs to be doubled because this is the first presidential election in which race is in play. If Obama loses, are we going to see race riots across this country? Are we all going to be called racists?

    October 12, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. Trysh in Los Angeles

    Idiots! They will never learn.

    October 12, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. Brick Atkins

    It is so obvious that CNN, striving to show their balanced position, finds itself indirectly leaning to McCain. Other polls in Ohio show Obama increasing his lead over McCain. Keep it close; stay tuned to CNN.

    October 12, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. Darshan

    Palin is going to Ohio next? Well, there goes that hard fought 1 point gain McSame just made.

    Hey Sarah, stop in Florida, Virginia, and North Carolina while you're at it.

    Haha, she's the best thing to happen to Obama. Talk about an "epic fail" of a VP pick.

    October 12, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  21. bk

    Wow look at all the Obama followers calling names and demeaning Palin and McCain. What a nice bunch of people they are. Looks like they throw more mud than any McCain supporters.

    October 12, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  22. Mike

    If Ohio chooses to support a campaign of division and hatred and ignorance such as that path taken by McCain/Palin , than that is their loss.

    I remain hopeful that intelligent and stable decisions, and the path chosen by our original forefathers of a just democracy will win out in this critical election cycle.

    October 12, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  23. alpha_nu_916

    WOW, ANOTHER POLL SHOWING A SLIGHT SHIFT THAT COULD SIMPLY BE ATTRIBUTED TO SAMPLING ERROR.

    SHOULDN'T THE MEDIA OUTLETS – CNN, MSNBC, FAUX NEWS, CBSNEWS – BE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT THE HORENDOUS ECONOMY AND THE TWO ONGOING US WARS THAN SOME GLACIER LIKE MOVEMENT IN THE POLLS.

    AND FOR ALL THE UNDECIDEDS IN OHIO AND VIRGINIA, ASK YOURSELF "ARE YOU BETTER NOW THAN EIGHT YEARS AGO?"

    BO/JB 08'

    October 12, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  24. Precious

    As a Democrat, I surely do not want to see a Democratic run Congress, a Democratic run White House, and a Democratic run Senate. The leaders who have gotten us into this mess are some of the Democratic leadership themselves, and we know and have heard of a few (Dodd, Pelosi) and a few others, in which most of the Republicans did not have the Power to stop because the Democrats outnumbered the Republicans in votes. Of course not everyone in power is totally clear of this mess, but we can surely look more closely to see which leaders/party was behind all this mess. America let us not use fear to make this matter worse by giving power to one entire party. Let us not be blinded with anger and outrage that we cannot see the road ahead of us. I believe John McCain is the man to put in the White House, who will not allow certain leaders to get away with what they have gotten away with in the past. I believe that for all John McCain has gone through throughout his entire life, will never disappoint his Country, because it was not the Republicans, Democrats, Independents and/or Conservatives who have gotten him this far, it was God, and I believe that John McCain will give back more to God and his Country before he leaves this world. John McCain will give his ALL TO HIS COUNTRY. I cannot see John McCain disappointing the American people, in the last stretch of his life, for any political reasons or future career. America, let us give John McCain the chance he deserves because he will never fail us.

    October 12, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. Steve, New York, New York

    Unfortunately, ignorant people on the right and left will try to stoke racial flames. This is really not the time & place to do so.

    I applaud McCain, for telling some of his supporters to "cool it" this past Friday night. However, Governor Palin's ongoing comments lead me to believe that she's not very bright – the Weather Underground guy committed his crimes when Obama was 8 years old. Are you kidding, lady? The (mostly Republican) Alaska legislature concluded that Palin abused her power. What message are you sending, Palin – vote for you, because you're white?

    October 12, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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