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. Andy

    Lol silly CNN..McCain gains ground in Ohio by still losing? And its a 1 point advancement. It's telling of what the McCain campaign has become when losing by less is progress.

    October 12, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  2. Matthew

    The pollsters are not calling people with cell phones. This election is going to be a wake up call ( no pun intended ) to all polling organizations, as well as the news outlets that rely on polls for their dramatic stories.

    Most Gen-Xer's and younger have no need for a landline, anymore.

    Who is being surveyed? The go home generation, the baby boomers and the elderly. What are they being surveyed about? Mustard patches, denture cream, support hose, oh and the old guy and the scarey black man?

    October 12, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. Georgia Gal

    I wouldn't say that McCain is gaining ground since his numbers have stayed at 46% in all three polls. Obama obviously lost a point, but it either didn't go to McCain or McCain also lost a point somewhere else and gained that one. In any event McCain really isn't gaining ground against Obama. To gain ground your numbers have to also go up.

    October 12, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. Fox News: America's Election HQ

    I'm not going to waste my time on these biased posts anymore! I'm just going to copy and paste this from now on.

    McCain / Palin !

    October 12, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |

    What in heavens name did John McCain mean by this statement? I don't think he even realized he said it.

    November 5th the Nation will not have to listen to John McCain or Sarah Palin. It is horrible the hate they born in their campaign. McCain and Palin disagree on Abortion, Korea, Global Warming, the Economy. Palin is great for insighting a riot atmosphere. She needs to go back to Alaska and deal with the Abuse of Power and Ethic Violations. With the findings now Monegan can file more charges against her. Great VP pick. McCain is so eratic and very out of touch.

    I'm a Republican voting for Obama/Biden.

    October 12, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. Tracy

    Well, looks like McCain's fear tactics might just work. I'll be very disappointed in us, but I won't be surprised. I guess things just have to get a little tougher for us before we realize what we're doing. How much tougher can they get? Don't ask!

    October 12, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. Michigan Voter

    Don't trust the polls. The race is NOT over and Obama should NOT relax, figuring he'll just coast to victory in November.

    Polls have been wrong before and a lot can happen in three weeks.

    October 12, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. king

    why does it says he gains ground??instead of he's still behind?? cnn??

    October 12, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  9. Sherry for Obama

    I hope People in Ohio will think hard and ask themselves.....If something were to happento McCain would Sara be able to foot the bill. If they were totally honest they would say no.Sara doesnt seem to be able to answer questions unless she's schooled. She cant think for her self let alone come to hard decisions she would have to handle as POTUS. People of Ohio loved Hillary....Are they just a little prejudised that they cant judge someone by their character but do so by only looking at their skin.
    How sad and juvenile.

    October 12, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. shell

    NE Ohio is for Obama!

    October 12, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. sabuc for Obama

    Gaining ground by reverting to fear tactics, encouraging racial biases, and inciting hatred? Way to go Mr. desperation.

    October 12, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. Jerry wynn

    I can't believe in this time of election what is going on. I've been told in the past, retirement will come when I'm 65. then a couple of years ago told now I have to wait until I'm 67.(which was changed in the 80's) . Now you look at retirement and you think, social security. Wrong again. social security says there's a shortage, and not to expect that either, when I get there in 20 years. So I think whats the next thing I can do..... oh 401k. Now that is drying up. People are in trouble with this economy. Then with this presidential race, what a joke! I can't believe that people are so blind. barack has no background in world politics, very little background in united states politics, and people are voting for him just based on the ideal of change. (Which was bill clitons whole campaign ideal). My canidate for this race is McCain ,of course, but I don't have much faith in him either. They need to stick with the issues and stop the slaming, then I know for sure he would win.

    October 12, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. Anne

    Come on Ohio..Save yourself..Save The Country..Vote Obama/Biden.. Play it Smart!!!!! McCain /Palin are LIARS/LOSERS!!! Do The Right Thing!

    October 12, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. Joe

    pls ppl start to c what is going on to this great country and wake up. how on a earth is McSame this close? do we really want the same failed politics for 4 more yrs? i don't think so, i guess their smear campaigning might working somehow. pls Ohio wake up and say no for dirty politics.

    October 12, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. NoMccain

    Meanwhile Bush is sending drones into Pakistan and killing random people... imagine if you had a bird of prey high in the sky shooting random missles down on you for no legitimate reason.
    Of course, people would argue that shooting random missles on you is a good thing, especially when those people who look like and dress like Osama bin Laden perpetrated 9/11...
    this mentality = racism.

    October 12, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. Walt, Hackettstown, NJ

    Well, looks like the Republicans are now trying to pursue the "great white father" strategy and make McCain look like Ike Eisenhauer! The media fell hard for two obvious PLANTS in the CROWD at recent McCain rallies. The racial attacks backfired so the FROWNERS are trying something else, a head fake to the high road.

    October 12, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  17. Amy, NYC

    What do you mean he is gaining ground? Hello!!

    October 12, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  18. joe

    Obama will overtake McCain in Ohio before wednesday this week by a 5% margin.McCain will loose big in Ohio. No McCain,no Palin ,no more of Mcsame. GO OBAMA/BIDEN.

    October 12, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  19. jason, tx

    wow. are people in Ohio really that stupid?

    October 12, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  20. john for obama

    its funny when Obama is down three they say he is behind in swing states. When McCain is down three he is gaining ground......

    October 12, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  21. Des,Toronto

    No one in their right minds would vote for more of the same and if Ohio does....good for them...they will get even worse than the same,I hope they have a lot of sleeping bags, it's going to be cold on those park benches and in those car trunks in January 2009 when you loose your homes.Good luck morons.

    October 12, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  22. Hanson in Port Harcourt, Nigeria


    October 12, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  23. Don

    Matthew...that is just not true about cell phones. Many pollsters do call people with cell phones who list cell phones as their only number. Please check the polls and read the methodology of the poll taken. You will also notice that many polls are polling about 10% more democrats than republicans, so the leads for Obama may be slightly misleading.

    October 12, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  24. Joel

    I get really sick of people who think that pollsters only poll landlines. This a lie and I have no idea where it came from. Read the fine print of any poll, it clearly states that they poll people with cell phones only. Polling companies do not use phone books, they use the voter rolls available from the Secretary of State or equivalent in any state. Though I might clear that up.

    October 12, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  25. "That One" President Barack Obama

    Not surprising at all...... Barack WILL prevail here in Ohio & go on to win the general election in November. Barack WILL SEAL THE DEAL after this last debate!!! It's going to be tough but Barack WILL WIN HERE IN OHIO!!!

    Baraack Your Vote!!!

    October 12, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
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