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. CJ

    McCain is fluctuating but has gained no relevant ground. The top prediction markets have put Obama predominately as the winner, and in the past, the markets have rarely been wrong.
    Obama's lead directly reflects the times, the needs of our nation, and his connections with common, blue-collar working Americans. Ohio is of course a key battleground, but is it enough for McCain to gain ground ahead of Obama?- I'm not so sure...

    October 12, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  2. nelda

    Obama has energized Americans for many reasons. He is an example of the American dream,..that if we work hard enough and educate ourselves, we can make it successfully in this world. Obama has shown us that and he is the most graceful man we have ever witnessed in American politics.
    Obama comprehends Americans because he's living it,..paying off student loans, saving for his daughter's education, and , in the past, lived modestly with his single mother and grandparents. This man is truly what Americans need.

    October 12, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  3. can't afford mccain

    19,000 jobs in ohio lost under Bush/Mccain policies = Obama/Biden 08

    October 12, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. Independent, Ohio

    McCain does not deserve a win in this election. I used admire him for his independent attitude towards many issues. But the guy seems to be nuts. He is running a nasty campaign, irritated, repeating the sayings and seems to be running out of ideas. Certainly this is not what I expected of him. On the other hand, Obama seems to have some good ideas, speaking calmly and not personally attacking McCain. Obama’s judgments are comparatively acceptable. I have been an independent so far in this election season and now deciding…

    October 12, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. jayeandvic

    Why should Rep. Lewis have to reinterpet his remarks – Lewis was right on the money when he compared McCain and Palin to Wallace!
    McCain and Palin are spreading hate and racial devide, and people need to start speaking out about them.
    Democrats need to step up to McCain and to Palin – McCain and Palin should not get away with their hate filled race baiting words and speeches.

    October 12, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. markymark22

    And John McCain's poll numbers will continue to rise as more people realize he is the best person to lead this country out of its troubles...

    October 12, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. Julia

    Nick Shaw – As a black woman voter, every vote I have made in a Presidental level has been for a white man. Now that Obama is so near to being elected POTUS there is an issue with black folks voting for him? Race is only an issue because its Obama. Would you ask the same question if Bill Richardson, a Hispanic was the nominee and blacks were voting for him? Would ask the same question if Hilliary won the nomination and blacks were voting for her? The answer to both questions is 'No'. Besides McCain would have the same problem. McCain has shown poor judgement, poor intellect on the issues, and a willingness to make snap decisions not based on fact; as well as saying anything to get elected'. Why would anyone want McCain representing the US is beyond me.

    October 12, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. Lu from Houston, TX

    Going from a 4-point lead to a 3-point lead is hardly a ground for any change.

    I do wish that people can see through Sarah Palin's populist strategy and be disgusted by her nasty approach. There are too many examples of leaders and dictators in the world history that have got into power based on populist appeal and stirring up hatred and anger in the crowds, and then go on to ruin the people's lives.

    October 12, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  9. Michael

    Wow, there must be a lot of religious radical wacko's in Ohio whose only source of news and information is the McCain/Palin Amazing Flip-Flop Circus tour.

    October 12, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. Tony Jones

    LOL...when this election's story is finally written, it will be all about how Obama forced McCain to spend every dime he could to win Ohio, which is not on my electoral map, 2) how McCain lost Pennsylvania because of Philly and its suburbs, and 3) how McCain's campaign misunderstood the concept of offense vs. defense. To concede Michigan (a possible takeaway) and fight to the death for Ohio and Indiana (which should be yours), and ignore potential takeaways that could've forced Obama to defend the Northeast and even California (yes, California, with its 2 term Republican governor. Remember the point isn't to win it but make your opponent have to work for it, like what's being done to McCain) will bring us victory! When McSame wake up and realizes he won Ohio, Indiana, and maybe even Florida, but lost Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado, New Mexico, and Nevada, the differences between offense and defense will be clear. Welcome to the rope-a-dope lol....do your map, foolios!!

    October 12, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. adrian

    cnn stop the censorship!! what happened to freedom of speech?? none of my comments can be found offensive so why do my comments never get posted?? because i dare to critize the media? because i dare to bring up subjects like sarah palin and her ties to the alaskan indepence party and her abuse of power, wich you and all in the media is trying to act like it never happened??

    October 12, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. Simmy

    McCain getting booed by his own; Palin getting booed loudly (not faintly like a cable news network reported). They booed for over a minute! That's a long time in boo years! Anyone who supported Clinton and is now supporting McCain did it for motives other than those that Hillary stands for, so there's no love lost there. A win for Sens. Obama/Biden will break the back of racism in this country once and for all! We might not have a perfect union, but those ties that used to tear us apart will be on notice. They will know that their divisive tactics won't work in 2012. God Bless America and Sens. Obama/Biden 08+!

    October 12, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. Cindy Nelson

    Ohio voters, what will it take before you admit to yourselves that the Republicans have done nothing for you?

    What have they done for you economically?

    Ohio voters you need to please give the Democrats a chance.

    If they fail after you give them a chance, then vote them out.

    Take a chance on Barack Obama.

    It would be in your own best interests.

    October 12, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. Hwta are Mccains plans for our country?

    Has any one heard oo Senator's McCain's plans for our country? I haven't. Also, what's with all this racism? I can't stand racism. I am black if Hillary would have won I would have voted for her and I voted for Kerry. Barack is the best choice not just because he is black. he is the best choice because he has the best ideas and a better vision for our country. I truly he think he is a godsend. I am scared to death of the possibility of McCain and Plain winning. Mccain is going to continue the policies that brought on another great depression. I am really afraid of that.

    October 12, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. can't afford mccain

    19,000 jobs lost in Ohio under Bush/McCain policy = Obama/Biden08

    October 12, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. Watching Closely

    To all the Nick's in America, blacks are voting for who they believe to be the most viable Democratic candidate. If Barack Obama stepped on the scene like Jesse Jackson, this would be a race between Hillary Clinton and John McCain. But because he introduced himself as non-biased, poised, and educated with a forseeable plan, he has captured not just the black vote, but the white, latino, and asian votes as well. You see, there are some things that we all have in common; we all want a better economy, affordable healthcare, top of the line education system that's affordable, to become business owners, and career oriented people with good paying jobs, and a chance to go home and relax, pay bills without stressing, live in decent neighborhoods owning our own homes, and to raise our families and be financially secure without some idiot trying to drain all our savings. Barack, coming from his background, has a deeper understanding than the average "Joe Six Pack". Finally, a leader that is well-rounded. One that understands people on both sides of the fence. Smart enough to find the commonalities between us all and build a strategic plan to bridge us together and move this country foward. What a breath of fresh air. 'That Obama'/Biden '08

    October 12, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  17. daryl

    Where are the CNN/GAllup polls for all the battleground states? It's curious to me that for a news organization obsessed with polling that since Obama has taken a large lead in the national polls I can't seem to find them anywhere on your website nor on the news broadcasts with any regularity. I used to be able to check them almost daily up until about 2 weeks ago. What's the problem?

    October 12, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. oscar

    I'm sorry for all of you who discriminates against color. one way or the other, the people you descriminate against had played a role or other in your life- a professor in the school you went, a doctor or a nurse at your sick bed, a mechanic when yyour car broke down, a plumber to repair your water system, a cab driver to take you to your destination, a farmer to help put food on your table -name it. Above all these color people had the same blood running their vain as yours.I'm happy you are not God and i wonder what you would tell OUR God on judgement day. No man is an island. A word is enough for the wise.

    October 12, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  19. Mike, FL

    All the big bold talk from Republican citizens who couldn't keep their President Bush and McCain from building the largest federal government of all time.

    As Bush encouraged and built the trillion dollar debt, mortgaged the future, had cronies run Katrina debacle, had crony friends get awful rich on the war that was built on a lie, Iraq.

    October 12, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  20. lilacs

    I only have a high school education, but that does not mean I am stupid! In my 61 years life has educated this woman so much more then any book learning ever could, so for the lessons of life that I have learned are just as valuable to me as a collage education is to the young people of today. I am a democrat by choice because I have see what the republicans have done to my much belove country. I am from Iowa and I will be voting for Obama/Bidden on nov 4th. Oh by the way I was and always will be a Clinton supporter, but I knew it ways time to move on and vote for Obama. Time too move toward the furture and look ahead but never forget the lessons of the past.

    October 12, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  21. Aussie

    Surely a 1% shift in the poll isn't worthy of headline news, especially with polling error margins of about 3%. The Media now is simply trying to maintain the illusion that, it is still a close race to hype up public interest.

    This might be something that would work over at fox, but your readers aren't stupid CNN, give us a little more credit.

    October 12, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  22. Zaga

    The beauty BLACKS voting for Obama at about 95% rate is that if Hillary was running it would be the same percentage, and if John Edward was running it would also be the same. On the other hand when i see people start out for Edward, the switch to Clinton the go from Clinton to McCain one can only think one thing. Or when people posting Clinton voters for McCain I could understand if McCain was running a better campaign than Obama, or if McCain view were inline with Clinton, but it is not so, so what are those people saying? Black always vote Democrat by over 85%, much more we have a black Democrat you will have some people voting who as never voting before and would not vote at all except for the fact that Obama inspired them to do so, therefore that have is not being racist.

    October 12, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  23. GRENADA

    Is it me or is Americans some narrowminded that they donot want things to be better for them selves. Come on I am from the Caribbean i have been watching this election from the primaries, how much more pain and neglect can working people take Mcain has not been able to present anything sound to the American people he is now reduced himself to negative attacks come on the economy is suffering and all u can do is attack, I think Americans need to open their eyes and see what the rest of the world is seeing we use to look to you for strength and leadership, not anymore and if Mcain was to be elected Imagine something seriously happening to him not that i want it too but it is reality imagine your president will be Sarah palin now this is terrible. And on health care he says you will be able to go out and buy your own health insurance but he doesnot know that if you sick you will not be able to get COVERAGE.

    October 12, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  24. Alaska

    Gov. Palin abuse her power and trust of the people of Alaska and the American people. Gov. Palin can't keep her husband on a leash. This is a full throated case of poor judgment on Sen. John McCain and Gov. Palin.

    Obama/Biden is clearly more Presidential.

    October 12, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. Gen. John Abizaid

    Gen. John Abizaid is arab amarican...

    October 12, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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