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. MIKE J.

    Who cares about OHIO? Without their help, Bush would not have won therefore, they are responsible for the problems Bush caused!!

    Who should black americans be supporting, McCain or OBAMA.

    97% of Blacks are going to vote for a Democrat anyway.

    October 12, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. Milliegee

    Why is John McCain asking Obama to repudiate what John Lewis has said? Lewis is not on Obama's ticket and is considered part of his campaign team.

    I have not seen where CNN or any other media choose to ask black voters what they think of McCain and Palin's tactics last week. I can tell you what most of think. It is racist. The media does not want to call it for what it is. If many Republicans had not called them out, they'd still be doing it. It is encouraging the wingnut fringe to want to go out and do harm to Obama.

    October 12, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. Raul Fernandes Sobrinho

    Hey, Americans for Obama:
    The HUGE ENERGY which is coming from ALL OVER THE WORLD for OBAMA'S VICTORY is something you Americans can't imagine. From Europe to South America (where I live), from Africa to Oceania and Asia, the HUGE majority of people is sending their prayers and hopes for a CHANGE in America.
    We have no doubts about OBAMAS'S victory.
    You can mislead someone for some time, but you can't mislead everybody for all the time. The Republican's hate WILL NOT PREVAIL over the peaceful people. Don't be affraid!

    October 12, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Don in Seattle

    The word on the street is that McCain/Palin are going farther in the hole each time they spout lies and attack Obama's character. No one wants leaders who find that an acceptable thing to do. They should be ashamed and will feel the wrath at voting time...even from so called Republicans. This election will turn out to be a landslide in Obam's favor.

    October 12, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. DB25

    The best part is that if Ohio chooses to stick with McCain and his same Bush policies, they get what they deserve. If Obama picks up Nevada and Colorado, or Virginia, or Florida, or Missouri – McCain won't be able to stop Obama from getting to 270 electoral votes.

    October 12, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    It is unfortunate that the people of Ohio don't realize they have had the proverbial wool pulled over their eyes by none other than the nation's #1 fox...........John McCain.

    McCain stole Obama's campaign slogan using "Change," he has had to resort to unChristian-like slurs and downright lies about Obama and even Obama's family and heritage.

    What a despicable man!

    I truly thought Ohioans were better educated than they apparently are to understand what decept is like.

    My best friend just returned to the Pacific Northwest after twelve years in Ohio. She brought her new husband, a native of Ohio, and he is absolutely delighted living in a more intellectual part of the country.

    Sorry, Ohioans, but you need to look in your collective mirrors to see why in heck you want more of Bush for the next four years and especially the #1 dingbat of Alaska, Sarah.

    October 12, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. Kanye

    God bless America!Well,with what I see Americans as much as you'll love to pretend to the world that you're the symbol of perfection,we Africans and infact Nigerians now know that we're the same.The great America rejecting the best man just bcos of his skin colour,as if thats not enough contemplating electing an abuser of power not for once thinking it may be troopergate today,but tomorrow it may be your own 'gate'.Such things are expected only in the underdeveloped countries.Is Africa developing or is it America that is retrogressing.Can America be great again?It's up to your vote.

    October 12, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. Rob

    Wake Up Ohio–A vote for Mc Cain is a vote for him selling our country off piece by piece to whoever will give him money for more wars !

    and who are they asking–a lot of people don't have landlines anymore– the polls are all an outdated scam–they mean nothing. And its a tie nothing more.CNN keep your facts straight

    October 12, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. LisaOH

    Ryan, and maybe others:

    Tell me ONE, or two or three things about Obama's platform that is socialist.

    ALso, tell me why Socialism is inherently evil.

    I bet you can't.

    October 12, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. Pat, Pa.

    It is really a shame that people cannot see the real reason why this country is in the mess it is in. It is because of the Bush administration. It was wrong, from the very beginning, when the Supreme Court put him in office. I really cannot understand the OLD veterans who follow what they are told by their " leaders " like a bunch of sheep just because he was in the military and was taken prisoner. Yes, this was a very bad thing to have happened to him but it does not entitle him to be POTUS. The women who think Palin is the answer because she has 5 children. Let me tell you, getting pregnant is easy but being a REAL mother is the hardest job in the world. REAL mothers do not exploit their children to feed their ego. THEY SHOW THEM HOW TO BE GOOD CITIZENS BY SHOWING GOOD EXAMPLES. Does Palin do this ?? I think not.
    Wake up Ohio! Elect the right president this time.
    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 12, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. Donald in Seattle

    Who cares about the polls? Reality has Obama winning big time and it will only increase until election day. Who in their right minds would vote for such a tired, unstable McCain/Palin ticket? We are looking for leaders not puppets who go off half cocked!

    October 12, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. wjs1

    A 1 point shift in the poll of polls does not convince me that there is a trend in Ohio. The data bely the headline.

    October 12, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  13. Sarah

    Ohio is hardly hit by this economic crises...
    People of Ohio has 2 choices: either look for what is better for them and their families or continue the same for another 4 years more...

    McCain is really McSame and he will support the same policies which resulted in the mess we are in

    Obama/ Biden will be a real change which will restore our jobs and restore our dignity

    October 12, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  14. Chris

    McCain is just an idiot, we all know that.
    End of story.

    CNN knows there are just too many negative stories about McCain, so they tried to make one story up that benefits McCain.

    October 12, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  15. Mary

    FREE SARAH PALIN. You have to ask, why won't McCain let Palin speak on Meet the Press or Sunday Morning or with Bob Schiffer or any News Program where she has to think for herself-not just read a prepared speech.
    Joe Biden has said he will be there anytime.

    October 12, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  16. catmom

    Rick, you are so totally out of touch. What more do you want Obama to say about Ayers that he hasn't said before. It is not worth the time and energy for him to pursue this. It was done during the primaries. If you keep listening to Sean Hannity your I.Q will go down several points by the minute.
    You might start asking why we don't hear more about Sarah Palin being intimate with a former member of the Alaskan Independence Party. Or how about Sarah Palin abusing her power as Governor for retribution. Now that is something worth learning more about. Who is Sarah Palin, Who is John McCain who felt she is the best of the best the Republicans have to offer the American people ?
    CNN, please post and not leave in moderation. Thank you.

    October 12, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  17. NOT THIS TIME

    PLEASE. MCSAME IS THE ONE SPREADING HATE AND FEEDING INTO THE BIAS,LOOK AT ALL THE LUNATICS COMING OUT NOW AT HIS RALLYS, I GUESS WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, RESORT TO DIRTY POLITICS OF THE PAST. I SAY NOT THIS TIME..... TIME FOR A CHANGE AND THAT CHANGE IS OBAMA-BIDEN 08

    October 12, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  18. Art Michaelson

    Why in heaven's name does Sarah Palin lug around her genetically challanged baby on the campaign trail. Is she using this genetically damaged baby as a good photo oppurtunity? I believe some Child Protection Service should take her to task for this abuse of a needy newborn child.

    October 12, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. Deanna Downs, Pennsylvania

    McCain and Palin are a train wreck! McCain is a doddering old man who fails to inform anyone as of yet, how he will do anything positive for this country and You betcha Palin has left her baby high and dry (literally) to bring her lack of education and her lack of intelligent enunication and speaking terms to continue a feeble attempt to bamboozle the public in Ohio. McShame and Falin are only committed to their own agenda and we as a country will be doomed if they were to ever come into power. Being a POW and a breast feeder are NOT enough credentials to run a country. We need a calm and educated person to take the helm and we need to stand united in the face of all this adversity that was created by the Bush(swoggle) Administration. Natalie of the Dixie Chix knew this well before the General Public and isn't the financial failing of this economy proving this now? Bush's pockets as well as his cohorts have been lined enough! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!! OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT!

    October 12, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  20. SW,OHIO

    I can not believe why the polls would be changing in favor of McCain. Unbelievable! Only if your comfortable with the Bush Administration, you would back McCain. Look at the big picture, something has to change. Do you think a man with 13 cars and numerous homes would really be interested in helping us? Think about it! He could care less about people like us.

    October 12, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. Ralph

    1% point is within the margin of error.

    With the barrage of stories about race and now this, I suspect that CNN is trying to keep ratings up for a race that is losing its tension.

    October 12, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  22. Aaron

    This "topic/title" was added so that the "Ticker" headline vindicating Oboma from "palling around" with Iraqs goes away from the main page !!. Inredible how CNN works.

    October 12, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. ling

    I hope McCain wins this election, just because you vote for McCain does not mean you are a racist. If anything race will help Obama, the only reason he is the democratic nominee is because he is black and he got 90% of the black vote. America doesn't want an unstable president like Obama

    October 12, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  24. Jeff

    One point and the sky is falling. Don't worry, the GOP will try to steal this election again. People with common sense should ignore the hate being spread by the GOP. Instead of spreading hate, why not bring the country together?

    What happened to "Country First?" Oh yea, it's in the back of the "Straight Talk Express" burning on the side of the road.

    October 12, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  25. Ted

    Is a one point tick up in a small poll for a state worthy of a headline? This "change" is clearly within the Margin of Error for the poll. In a sea of erosion for support for McCain-Palin, it seems unfair to present a story as though the election is tightening.

    October 12, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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