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. Annette

    Gov. Palin has shown in her record as current governor "abuse of power" of her position. Now, this goes straight to credibility and character, woman or not, social conservative or not. Wrong is wrong. She is not a viable candidate, whether it was lawful for her to fire the commissioner or not, her moviate for doing so was found as "abuse of power". Who is the real Gov. Palin?

    October 12, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. beatrix

    The reason I WOULD prefer to vote for Obama, if it weren't for his philosophy, voting record, position on abortion and socialist tendencies, would be the colour of his skin. Make no mistake. Many more of those who are not as opposed to his political bend as I am, will vote for him and support him precisely for the colour of his skin. Not the other way around. Oh, and there is a different take on the possibility of McCain/Palin winning in spite of the polls. It isn't that some might say they're voting for Obama, and are voting or McCain instead. It is more that in this incredibly hostile, virulent democrat climate (please compare blogs of both party affiliations), too many who are supporting McCain may be fearful to state their true political positions.

    October 12, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. weneedstrongleadership

    Is there not censorship in commercials that sell everyday goods?
    There should be censorship in campaign adds.

    Also, there should be a limit to age when running for a political office, ages between 40 – 65. There are limits to age when it comes to some military also as commercial airplane pilots.

    There should be a set of credentials which you must meet before you are eligible to run for either Vice President or President

    October 12, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. Ken in NC

    Maybe McCain and Palin should withdraw from the race and go to Alaska and get that state to withdraw from the United States and then they can set up their own form of government. That way McCain and Palin can go to that Island and sit and keep an eye on Putin. She can take care of the Russian Trade Missions and supply them with Moose Burgers and he can keep an eye out for the K-G-B in the eyes of any Russian coming their way so as to identify Putin trying to slip into their country.

    A voter supporting John McCain/Sarah Palin would be like be like a chicken supporting Colonel Sanders.

    October 12, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. bk

    According to CNN all of Obama's rally's no one ever says anything negative, not one person, or do you just not report it. Report the truth one campaign is just as bad as the other. We weren't born yesterday. We know your for Obama and his campaign is just as negative. We also notice that every word that McCain and Palin say are scrutinized, but nothing is ever mentioned when Obama gives a speech. Its either because he is reading every word or you just won't report it. Which is it?

    October 12, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. Your Joking Right?

    A one point move in a poll that has a MOE of 3 to 4 points means something? IT MEANS NOTHING except nothing has changed since the last poll. Stop trying to make a horserace out of this when right now it is not. IT IS SLOPPY and it insults your readers/viewers intellegence.

    October 12, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. John of Ottawa

    Obama has all Amaricans need for change.

    Wake-up America vote for Obama. MacCain!!!!, leave him alone, you know....... he can......... and he will be the best president.

    Obama/biden 2008

    October 12, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. mb

    My 82 year old mother who lives outside of Cleveland is, for the first time in her life, votiing for a democrat. Why? She does not identify with Palin and McCain's campaign is hateful and mean spirited. She also doesn't really know what McCain stands for as every week there is some new emphasis but nothing of substance.

    October 12, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. Joe

    Palin please talk to the media one more time need to get some fun time.Its been two weeks since your last interview. I need to watch SNL before the election and its been great thanks to you.

    October 12, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. Mrs. Texas Teacher

    Come on, CNN.... are we really supposed to believe that McCain has gained anything?

    McAngry is full of desperation.... that is obvious by the way he runs his McLipsticked BullDog out on her leash to get the crowd foaming at the mouth, so he can come out and make gratuitous effort to APPEAR to try to calm them down. I don't truly think that most of America is being fooled by these last ditch efforts!

    October 12, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. Lisa Vilen

    "Senator Obama is creating all of this by not being open and truthful about his past?" What? Are you nuts? Think of all of the crud that has come out about Sarah P. over the last several weeks that both she and the GOP have tried their best to keep under wraps. What more is hiding, by the way?

    October 12, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. Annie, Atlanta

    This is silly, this isn't gaining ground.

    @John, I know why I am voting for Obama, because trickle down economics doesn't work, unless you're in the upper 1% income earning bracket and get all the breaks. Corporations are getting tax breaks, yet still shipping our jobs overseas. It's been a complete failure. And the welfare queens, socialist state argument doesn't work anymore. We just handed over $700 Billion in the biggest Welfare for the Rich program in our nation. Please!

    October 12, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. joe bev

    McCain has turned his campaign into the dark ages of the 60's. He is creating hysteria and paranoia during his town hall meetings by the use of innuendo. He is a present day Sen. McCarthy.His tactics are barberous and dangerous and he voters of American will notify that that this is unacceptable by voting for Obama as our next Pres. McCain has gone to far with this type of behavior.

    October 12, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. Aaron

    before everyone says "McShame is for corp America" please do your research and you will find Delaware is a haven for banks to charge outrageous interest rates (hence most if not all credit card companies locate there). Who is the Senator from Delaware....you guessed it, Joe Biden. No one even caught Obama pointing to the Bank issue in Delaware when he was trying to hit McCain about Health Care industry moving to Arizona if McCain is elected. A major factor of Delaware's preeminence is related to the fact that Delaware charges no income tax on corporations not operating within the state.

    Now who is for corporate america when they have been a sentor for 36 years and corporations are still getting a good break? Oh yeah, it's McCain...I mean Biden.

    Please stop with the McCain for corporation and Obama is not. All politicians are for corporate america or they would never get elected. Don't forget cororation pay employees which pay income taxes. If you tax corporation they will get their money back when you are in the checkout line.

    October 12, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. Dante

    If the people of Ohio are too stupid to see that voting for McCain is going to make things worse for them, they deserve what they get.

    I wish no ill upon any fellow countryman, but Jesus Christ people, you're losing your LIVELIHOOD because of the stupid policies that the Republicans supported for the last 8 years of the Bush administration.

    Voting for the same party and hoping that things will change is pure stupidity and probably very close to insanity.

    Do you REALLY think that your life will get better if you elect an erratic, health troubled flip-flopping politician who has an unqualified, hate mongering beauty pageant queen as his VP?

    Where is McCain's plan to fix our economy? Where is his plan to get every citizen the best health care possible? Why does he want to keep spending $10 BILLION per month on a war that gets us absolutely NOTHING when WE need that money here in OUR COUNTRY?

    Wake up and face reality.

    October 12, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  16. Kathy

    Barack Obama will lead by a bigger margin once people find out the real Sarah Palin, who abused her power as governor, by trying to fire someone who wouldn't fire her sister in laws ex-husband. We don't need anymore corruption in our government, we've had enough!

    October 12, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  17. Margie

    Rick you want to talk about seeing Obama's records with Ayers, Acorn, and birth certificate (which has already been shown) why not while your asking for all of Obama's records ask for John McCains records too? Military records, medical records, his wife's tax records and his birth certificate so that everyone can see he was not born in the US. Military records might just show the truth on all of those millions of dollars to the tax payers we spent on planes he crashed from pilot error.

    October 12, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. Shay

    I don't know if they are only calling landline phones to conduct polls are not.

    But I do know that when you volunteer and select to do calls at campaign headquarters they do have cell phone numbers and landline numbers.

    So I would not go with just landline phones.

    I do volunteer my time when it is available.

    October 12, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. vicky

    Ryan do you really know what a "socialist" is? If your government is supplying Social Security then that is socialism. But why are you afraid? Its not like a horde of socialists is going to march on Washington and take over. Isn't your government "by the people, for the people". Didn't your senators recently vote a care package for banks and big business. Here they have been referred to as Corporate Welfare Bums because it is taxpayers money. Why don't you sit down and calmly reason out where your idea of socialism comes from. Governments collect taxes and spend them on improvements for the good of the country. Canada has been called a socialist country. Do you know that the Canadian banking system has been ranked No1 in the world this week ? That's what regulations does.

    October 12, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. patrick

    Sarah Palin is the BIG problem with the Mccain campaign, yet he chose her now he has to deal with her. She has a slippery tongue and when she criticizes she has a problem of not using correct verbage when quoting the opponent.

    This lady is full of lies and half truths....especially her speech in Johnstown about abortion quoting Obama on saying "A women should not be punished with a baby"

    What lies!!!

    October 12, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  21. ANGIE

    Ohio wake up look around look at your jobs gone! not coming back,Ohio you should think long and hard you voted for bush twice and look at this country!

    October 12, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. Alicia Beck

    There are Arab Americans in leadership positions in our military. They put their lives at stake just like anybody else. These people at the Palin/McCain rallies appear to be as uninformed, as Palin is. These are the folks who blame others on their mediocrity or sense of inferiority.

    October 12, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. randy

    well we shall see in november macbush will be fired.

    October 12, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. C W

    I trust the good people of Ohio will vote for Obama/Biden – two thoughtful, intelligent, decent men who know how to bring people together and will lead our country in a direction we can all be proud of.

    October 12, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  25. Thomas Thomas

    This poll of polls treats all the various polls with equal weight. That is just not realistic. Ohio is close but Obama has been ahead in the last several polls and in particular, the one's with a proven track record.

    October 12, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
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