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. Will18E

    BIAS REPORTING FROM CNN AGAIN. MCCAIN PICKS UP ONE POINT AND IT IS NEW WORTHY? WHERE WAS CNN WHEN OBAMA, WAS PICK UP MULTIPLE SINGLE POINTS OVER TIME.
    LAST THURSDAY CNN RAN A STORY WITH THE HEADLINE OBAMA TO STEAL VIRGINIA. SO WHEN OBMAN PULL AHEAD IT'S STEELING, WHEN MCCAIN IS BEHIND BUT GET ONE POINT, IT'S MOMENTUM.

    October 12, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. Steve

    There is a popular radio host who sent his man on the street to ask black voters who they were voting for. But when he asked them, he used McCain's policies in place of Obama's. Blacks still said they would vote Obama. The reporter even asked "do you agree with Obama's choice of Sarah Palin as VP?" They all said yes and they fully support Sarah Palin as Obama's VP. Is race a factor? Yes.

    October 12, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. wjs1

    As for cell phones, there may be a 1.5-3% underestimation of votes due to not having land lines. But there may be a partial offsetting of these extra votes if first-time voters don't get out to vote. And Obama seems bound to raise the percentage of first-time voters who will vote with his ground effort. Polling is alchemistry, folks, we just don't know.

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

    Everyone thought Obama would be a cake walk to the White House? I doubt if he will win. I will write Hillary on my ballot and pray for the best

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

    CNN,
    Who is giving titles for your articles? Sarah Palin?

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

    Let's just all vote for Obama and pull our troops out of Iraq in 16 months...thay way, all that al-Qaeda has to is wait until we pull out and focus on Afghanistan before they simply pack up and move back into Iraq in force. Good idea! Tat way we can all send our kids to finish the job...

    No one hates war more than the warrior, but to simply pack up and pull out without ensuring stability in the area is just stupid...

    October 12, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. Karen Beaumont, TX

    To Nick-Blacks traditionally vote Democratic. In fact, percentage wise you see about the same that voted for Clinton and Gore voting for Obama.

    My question is, how prejudice against blacks are people in Ohio? Are they as bad as people in Texas are?

    My other question is...are young people being surveyed. Most of the ones I know do not have land lines.

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

    You Obamatrons are comical. You see nothing wrong with Obama's "truth squads" who threaten anyone who runs a political ad against him. Or that he says the radical ACORN group will shape his political agenda. Let's not forgtet his close friends like the racist Rev he had for 20yrs until he denied him and thru him under the bus. He also started his political career in a terrorist's house (Ayers), and is funded by an indicted developer (Rezko), but it's the Repubs who are bad? You are all delusional.

    What McCain/Palin are saying is complete truth. Obama is a socialist and closet racist who will turn our country into a 3rd world banana republic. But that is probably what you Obama supporters want because you feel you've been picked on for so long (boohoo) that it's time for "revenge".

    Well – it ain't gonna happen. The US desn't elect whimpy empty suits for Pres who want to turn this counrty into a socialist utopia run by a bunch of fringe groups and radicals. You're all gonna by crying in your little cups of soup on Nov 5th.

    McCain/Palin '08 all the way.

    October 12, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. Ryan

    If Ohio likes suffering now and they want more, then they can elect McCain. I mean, if you want corruption – who better then #1 of the Keating 5 for the job? Or The Governor in violation of her own state's Ethics laws and was founded in a 1000 page report as having abused her power? Palin is perfect!

    The last 8 years have been so good to Ohio under Republicans right..?

    Vote on your hopes, not on your fears people.

    October 12, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. Jerry442

    to J responsible democrats, thats funny we have been under their influence for the last 2 years,i mean it is a Democratic House we have in place now isn't it?

    October 12, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Sarah Palin Abuses her power and put persoanl endevor in front of discretion.Sarah palin should apligize to the officer and family .Mccain campaign refusual and denial of palins confimed abuse by panel goes to shw how weak his discretion of judgment is..go obama08

    October 12, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. Dr. Ronald W. Cutburth

    McCain and Palin are making legitimate points at criminal connections of Obama. But saying that McCain is only negative when in fact the issues about Obama are negative suggests the Obama team is oxymoronic. I did not see where Palin said what the news said she said. She is pointing to Obama's claims that we need agreemenst to get out of Iraq on a time table. This does not need to be by a certified letter from Obama to be true in fact. I expect more acurate reporting by CNN and others.

    October 12, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. jayeandvic

    Why can't people see through McCain and Palin and their lies?
    Why isn't the media standing up to McCain and Palin and to their hate filled, race baiting, terrorist and treason filled lies about Senator Obama?
    Is it because Obama is half black that the media is giving McCain and Palin free reign?
    I am truly ashamed of the american people for falling for McCain and Palin's hate filled lies.,,,and for being racist toward Senator Obama.

    October 12, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  14. kamenwati

    nick shaw - Consider yourself taken to the woodshed in terms of your inane comments about "black" voters. They vote DEMOCRATIC for a reason. Look at the rallies for McCain or the Republican Convention and ask yourself what is it about the Republican Party that causes African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Asian Americans to stay away in droves?

    October 12, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  15. Mary

    mcCain will stop gain in polls now American's see that Palin is just another politician, who uses her power for personal benefits. We see why McAin wanted to stop the troopergate investigation. She is no maverick. She should be ashamed of how she has been talking about Obama. She has proved she is not as likable.

    October 12, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  16. DeMj

    Blacks been voting for democrats for years. I think no matter how we look at the election, the race will play a role. To me, this election is simple. If you like what happen for the last 8 years vote for McCain. If you don't then vote for Obama.

    October 12, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  17. Regina

    In all Honesty, can you really say that Sarah Palin is ready for VP and the Presidency?. We should not be blindsided, by a beautiful face and figure, Come on People, are you listening, reading and watching and absorbing what real values are needed. The US is not a dictatorship, and if we have to profess what we believe, it should be with love and peace, not with the vicious statements. We are supposed to lift people up, and not diminish them, We are ALL God's chidren.

    October 12, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  18. Keira Williams

    How can this race be so close? The majority of Canadians are amazed that the Republicans are still in this election. Eight years of Bush politics is enough. McCain offers the same package as the Bush administration, and is playing the "fear card", over and over, to discount the Obama choice. Come November, the world needs a change in the White House.

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

    If Obama gets in Pelosi and Reid will be running this country and they will run it right in the ground. Good luck with that.

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

    What in the heck is happening in Minnesota, CNN? After the convention it is almost tied. Next thing you know Obama is up by 10. Now it is back to even. Can't anyone count consistently out there?

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

    As a European I find McCain and Palin very frightening, not only for America but for the entire world. Their campaign has evolved into a very ugly affair revealing exactly what sort of people they are and what sort of party they represent. Hate mongering and Goebbels-like propaganda must not be allowed to work in this election.

    October 12, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. Jdev

    I'm not sure that gaining a single point in one battle ground, while others are "slipping away" is really a sign of anything good for McCain. CNN should rephrase this headline to say "Ohio poll of polls: McCain still losing."

    October 12, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  23. Ralph

    Race will play on election day. What else explains the worst Republician President, worst economy in history, yet no clear victor? What people say in public is not how they think in private. Which ever one wins, they will not have any kind of mandate from the people.

    October 12, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. What a Liar

    nick shaw,

    100 percent of white voters in the past have voted for a White Presidental candidate in the general election... This has never been a problem for you and your ilk in the past so why bring up such crap now?

    Oh that is right, it is only a problem when your candidate of choice is getting the short end of the stick... Typical Repug.

    Tell John McCain to address real issues instead of fan the flames of race and politics of fear and maybe Granny does not have to get up at his KKK Rally and make the weeks dumbest statement that

    "He is Arab"...

    October 12, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. judy

    Wow, for awhile I thought the people of Ohio had finally smartened up, after Bush has destroyed America. Now to read McSame has gained ground in Ohio, these people will deserve everything they will reap with another republican in the White House.

    October 12, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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