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. Jesus Praising, Freedom Loving American Patriot

    Palin = Iraq War

    In 2003, you couldn't say anything about the Iraq invasion...if you did, you were branded a traitor. The press' apathy supported the Bush policy.

    In 2008, the same holds true for Gov. Palin. Both from the public and the press.

    October 12, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. Pat, Pa.

    Another question . Just what the heck are these people talking about with their comments that they " are afraid " of Obama. Afraid of what ? How can they be any worse off then they are now ?
    Lets stop the nonsense and help our country, which means helping ourselves.

    October 12, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. Don

    It has amazed me that over the past couple of weeks the only remaining taboo – the one thing that no one seems to want to fully discuss (it even trumps race!) – is McCains AGE. Age discrimination? No, NOT with the Palin factor. Just take a look at photos of Carter and Clinton both before and after their presidency. That office ages people dramatically. McCain will not be able to handle it physically; then look who will step up to the plate – Barbie. Age IS a factor in this election, whether people want to admit it or not. It's McCain's fault for his stupid stunt of picking Palin.

    October 12, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. READY99

    jerry wynn–OBAMA want to save and protect social security so you can draw on it in 20 years. McSAME wants to mess with it where you wont have anything coming. Please dont believe McSAME hype!!!

    October 12, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. Ron Saywack.

    It is hard to imagine voters remaining steadfastly loyal to the Republican Party in the wake of such horrific economic realities, engineered, for the most part, by the Bush Administration.

    It is also difficult to think that, when people are losing their jobs, their homes, their life's savings, medical coverages, etc they will use political ideology to justify party loyalty.

    I predict a major landslide victory for Obama. All the polls seem to suggest so.

    John McCain appears destined to becoming an asterisk (and a footnote) in history . I do not see a Bradley effect in play here. I'd be majorly surprised if such turns out to be the case!

    October 12, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. Sick in Seattle

    The headline on this story is a depressing sign of the times. CNN apparently believes it has to manufacture a provocative headline out of nothing just to get readership. This was a one-point change in results from an average of four polls where the combined margin of error can’t possibly be less than +/- one point.

    October 12, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. fy

    STFU already about CNN "bias". I like that they are not patently pro-Obama, or at least not obviously anti-McCain.

    This is not the place to look for bias; try Fox.

    October 12, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. Martin

    So the fact that McCain has gained a single point in a state that will be meaningless if Obama wins Virginia is somehow newsworthy?

    How much does CNN want this race to remain close (seemingly to guarantee good ratings)?

    October 12, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. Roger

    Re: independant's quote "America's youth is better educated than the previous generation".

    I guess if you want to be smart and looked up to by the younger generation, you have to vote for Obama. Your statement is just as bad as racism.

    October 12, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. White woman of 63 for Obama from Day 1.

    Just now, I switched to three cable Political News Channels.

    Fox News should be "toast"! by now! Greg ??? asking an Obama supporter misleading questions about Obama, and then the lady
    newscaster, came on to announce, Fox News, the FAIR AND BALANCED Political news channel. ARE THEY KIDDING?
    Hannity, ROVE, have been the worst, Greta is bad, Colmes, a
    supposed Democrat, says NOTHING to defend the Democrats!
    I consider Colmes a prop, so Hannity can get on his high horse to
    say anything he can to prevent Obama from winning. Well,
    Hannity had lots to say about hiring Rove, who has been receiving
    a paycheck from FOX and working on the tricky political sideline
    of helping McShame make his hateful decisions. This is usually
    called a "conflict of interest" . But Fox lets it happen.

    I love CNN and MSNBC, Cris Matthews and Keith Olberman.
    We need these two men to offset the hatred that comes from
    Hannity's FOX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA BIDEN 2008

    October 12, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. streetsmart

    What's so disingenuous about the way this polling data is being reported is that Ohio is a Red state that McCain must win so he is actually playing defense and catch up in a Red state which is very much a negative not a positive..

    Obama, on the other hand, based on all state by state models including that of CNN, actually does not need either Ohio or Florida to win the election. They would be nice to have to drive up the margins but not critical for Obama to get to 270 electoral votes as they are to McCain...

    October 12, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. Patty, Atlanta GA

    never go wrong going negative

    this man is EVIL ON EARTH

    October 12, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin abused her power as Alaska's governor and violated state ethics law by trying to get her ex-brother-in-law fired from the state police, a state investigator's report concluded Friday.

    Sarah denied it again yesterday in PA. My brother that has been a republican all his life is ready to change to Dem. Ha ha ha ha ha ha

    October 12, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. Sarah Palin

    1 point is "gaining ground?"

    I'd call that a statistical variation.

    You know, statistics should be taught to Journalism students.

    October 12, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  15. voter


    Clinton, Gore and Kerry received 90%+ of the black vote. african americans have always voted democrat. Now they are voting the same way they always have and people are using the excuse that african americans are voting democrat because Obama is bi-racial. Your comment is not supported by facts and is ill informed.

    October 12, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. Jabe

    This is the first genuine smile i have seen from McCain. Winning is every thing to you, you do not take losing lightly.
    The country is in such a crazy ecomony crisis, trying to explain to us how you can get us back to a stabilze the economy should be your goal and not personally attacking your opponent with false information.

    For far, you and Palin has failed to show me why I should vote for you..

    October 12, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. Justin

    I think the Cincinnati poll is an outlier, but hey, don't let it stop you from making it closer. Wouldn't want to have your ratings go down.

    October 12, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. Rick

    Obama 08 he has my vote!

    October 12, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. Ed Word

    The only ground McCain will gain is what is left on his hands from the all the mud he's slinging.

    October 12, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  20. Florida for McCain

    McCain/Palin 2008

    October 12, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  21. I Just Said Thanks, but No Thanks to Another 4 Years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    Gaining ground means advancing.
    Going from 46 % to 46 % is standing in place.

    CNN: Hoping for a close race.

    October 12, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  22. Lo

    To John:

    Do YOU know why you're voting for McCain? Could it be his fantastic economic plan? Oh wait, he doesn't have one of those...

    How about his plan on the Iraq War? Hmmm, aside from saying he'll stay for another 100 years and that he "knows" how to get Bin Laden, he doesn't have a plan...

    His detailed plan for healthcare? Nope, doesn't have one of those either...

    WE KNOW why we're voting for Obama, and if you weren't so narrow-minded, brainwashed, bigoted or all of the above, you'd go to Obama's site and read the DETAILED plans he wants to implement once (not if) he's president. I've looked EVERYWHERE on McCain's site and I couldn't find hide nor hair of a coherent semi-detailed plan on any issue. So the question remains: Why ARE you voting for McCain??

    October 12, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Keep up the good work for Obama, those in the swing states. Unfortunately I live in the south where race is definitely an issue although not discussed openly. Try living in an area where MR KKK lives just miles away. I can only hope and pray that your hard work will reward this nation with a fair and decent leader. My state has been red for years..... I am counting on YOU!!!!! Obama for President.

    October 12, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  24. malcolm x

    the die has been cast! heres the issue for ohioans in a nut shell! you can call yourself "loyal republicans" or whatever you choose. if you"re satisfied with the last 8yrs then please, VOTE4 MCCAIN! but if you know the last 8yrs was a total desaster, and you wont vote4 obama because he's black, or a democrat, then you are a fool! because anyboby who vote against there OWN best interest because of someone's color, then you can4 get about IRAN or the SOVIET UNION being a threat, U are your own worst enemy, and in time, you will destroy yourself because any species at war with itself CANT SURVIVE!

    October 12, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. JWL

    Socialism: A system of society or group living in which there is no private property b: a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state.

    This definition would include the "bailout" plan advocated by our "socialist" current President Bush with which the government is going to acquire stock in failed financial institutions.

    The government has been in involved with our economic system in a big way since the 1930's. Neither party has dismantled the regulatory system because the economy is too complex and diverse to work without it. McCain's latest program would have the government buying bad mortgages regardless of how upside down they are in value. There's your laissez faire Republican for you.

    October 12, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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