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. values

    Vote for the smart guy not the old idiot.

    October 12, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. Jim

    America has been on a downward slope for a while:

    – Decline in scientific innovation ( and the ones doing it in US are actually the Chinese/Indian/etc migrants since they're more competitive than the american educated)

    – Decline in manufacturing output both in quantity and quality (take Toyota vs. GM)

    – Decline in global image (wars, mid east, Gitmo, etc.)

    – And now take this economic crisis along with the national debt.

    Look at the above items and think who will keep us in decline and who will reverese the trend. It's a bit too obvious, unless you blind yourself by looking at completely irrelevant and frankly stupid issues.

    October 12, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. Cindy

    Just curious if my "Go Obama " makes it and my comments about Obama's back ground doesn't. Will see.......Fair and balanced huh??

    October 12, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. B in NC

    Mia, wake up from your dream. If anyone is racist, look at Nobama who spent a quarter century in a racist church.

    October 12, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  5. T'SAH from Virginia

    POLLS!!! SMOLLS!!! It's gong to be a LANDSLIDE for OBAMA/BIDEN on November 4!!!! YES IT WILL!!!

    October 12, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  6. Adam

    One point is newsworthy? Get a job whoever wrote this!!!!

    October 12, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |


    October 12, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. amy in atl

    so if you're white and you don't vote for Obama you're racist? is that right? I'm sorry...I'm one of those "typical white people" so I guess I can't figure it out...I was wanting Brian Moore as president anyway but we all know that ain't happening – heck, you guys probably don't even recognize the name...so it goes.

    October 12, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. Patrick Manley

    Ohio sees that McCain is NOT Bush and that Obama = less jobs.

    It is refreshing, but difficult to listen to real people about their real and immediate problems. There is no doubt in my mind that based upon their respective records of service, John McCain and Sarah Palin will help mainstream Americans very quickly.

    Barack Obama represents the wealthy and the privileged. We don't need another four years of a do-nothing President who can't relate to the important Americans just trying to make a living and support a family.

    October 12, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  10. Emmanuel

    Lessons on how to sabotage your election... Let Sarah Palin run loose.

    Though I had no intention of voting for McCain, Looking at the frothing mouths of the supporters that are matching to the war drums has me slightly taken aback.

    I believe that McCain has lost the handle of his campaign. Though it would be wrong to ignore the hate that is pouring into it.

    What to do?
    Drop Palin, before she has other people frothing in the mouth to "kill him"

    Can't believe someone actually said that, and the campaign is worried about reporters? Be more worried about your supporters.

    October 12, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  11. kirk in upstate new york

    This is exciting, not that McCain is gaining this tiny ground – but that it's Obama's to loose!

    October 12, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  12. outsider

    CNN, Why do you say Obama ia leading over McCain? Are you following McCain/ Palin to mislead the country too. Shame! Shame! Shame on you. I used to think you were a group of professionals. Now I realize that you are not far away from Fox news.

    October 12, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  13. Faith

    I strongly agree with JAYEANDVIC. Let the truth be told. They are trying to start a hate/color war. You know MaCain has sat at a table for "Whites Only".

    Thanks for Telling the Truth JayeandVic

    October 12, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  14. Samuel Ikwue

    To my mind, it is intellectually dishonest to say in whatever variation, “the state of the American economy has given Obama an advantage over McCain” in their current contest. Nigerians are particularly sensitive to intellectual fraud and I am a Nigerian. It is more correct to say “the present economic uncertainties have provided Americans with a context in which to evaluate the presidential candidates more easily”. It is important for commentators to be clear that in so doing, Americans are finding Obama more attractive than McCain and thus his performance in the polls. Multitasking or not the presidential candidates are in no position to do anything just now about their economy – outside of their legislative and political roles (and we know that’s not a whole lot within their current means). It is in their political roles that the candidates have been able to project the temperament, knowledge and especially judgment they would bring to their respective administrations (if elected) and therefore it is only in this context that Americans have been able to judge them. The subject is “America” and not the candidates. Obama has been saying exactly this all along and it is very important commentators change if America is to quickly and productively heal the “wounds” that will be an inevitable aftermath of the current process (regardless of outcome).
    Understand that when a Nigerian like me hears American commentators say a thing like the economy is “helping Obama make gains in the polls” as opposed to any intrinsic merit in his political performance on the trail, we are not baffled. Rather, it comes across for what it is – making excuses as to why this candidate has been impressive despite dated prejudice against people of his color in that country. Why should white commentators be so apologetic? In their shoes it is a significant if not a revolutionary event, i.e. to have a minority person rule in a western culture (much like getting the Taliban to be the first to agree to send females to school among the more conservative Islamic societies). So we would not be too hard on American commentators (as well as some political leaders ) being so openly dishonest because we understand the sort of emotions they must feel just now given the context in which America is making this decision. Just imagine what the mood was in Kenya when a minority tribesman was making his successful bid for power in Kenya. Americans are after all a people (and are as primitive as any apparently).
    However, I think it would be helpful for people in America to be more open about this process if nothing else to ensure they do not make an even more stupid mistake than they made allowing Bush a second term (that was real daft… my friends). And to anyone who thinks we do not need advice from a Nigerian on democracy – think again, both in economic and political behavior just now, you America is headed to be like a banana republic and who do you guys think know more about how banana republics behave????? So if you do not want the low life act responsibly now. The point is, its in your national interests to CHANGE (or at least manage) your deep racial prejudice toward minorities (even residual manifestations as suggested above), not to allow Palin incite riots across America (maybe leading to a military coup, yes a coup – or how else do you think coups occur?). Also stop resisting fiscal responsibility in the short run as well as allowing voodoo economics go beyond this year. Invest in infrastructure to create Jobs asap and then work stop borrowing at the rate you are borrowing – invest in a new growth industry and work hard and pay taxes. That’s how not to get to become a banana republic – trust me I know.

    Soul Brother #44

    PS: By the way, the term people of color, as things stand, would apply to mixed races, whites, Indians, etc in a situation like Nigeria, South Africa, etc where black is base. On this principle, you are only a person of color outside your color base.

    October 12, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  15. Concerned in Ohio

    I think ACORN will need to continue registering the offensive line of the Dallas Cowboys in order to insure a Nobama victory.

    October 12, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  16. Peter

    Hey CNN, when are you going to start covering the Palin Ethics violation and McCain's ties to G. Gordon Litty, Keating 5, and the U.S. Council for World Freedom (Iran Contra)?

    Seems like a double standard?

    I listened to your so-called pundits say this is a non-story because she didnt' break a law by firing Monegan. But you apparantly didn't read the citation of the Republican majority council. It said she DID break ethics laws by abusing her power to put pressure on Monegan to fire Wooten. That IS breaking the law.

    Obama has been completely cleared of any ties with Ayers outside of being on an Education board along with him -both Ayers and Obama being appointed to that council by one of Ronald Reagan's best friends –

    CNN, this is too important to Americans. Stop making it about TV ratings and report the truth.

    October 12, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  17. Paul C.

    Gaining ground? Who on earth do they come up with this interpretation A one point shift from Obama to undecided in Ohio is hardly a sign of McCain "gaining ground." How can anyone trust CNN if they consciously choose headlines that don't match the statistics buried in these polls.

    Just once I'd like to see this network attempt some responsible journalism instead of behaving like the tabloid press.

    October 12, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  18. Suzette

    1% not significant enough to even post. I agree with the cell phone issue. Millions no longer have landlines. I would imagine by the demographics of those with a cell but no landline that they would tend to be more likely to vote for Obama/Biden. The Cell Factor in polling needs consideration.

    By the way, I was another voter McCain might have lured before he dove into Rove/Cheney/Bush type smear campaigning. He did this to himself. Tucker Bounds will have a tough time finding work next election.

    October 12, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  19. room4aview


    The difference this time is that Obama is getting the support of 95% of a MUCH LARGER number of African American voters. The organization of his campaign has resulted in an unprecedented number of voter registrations among people who have never felt part of the political system. Furthermore, the ground teams are in position to get all of these newly registered voters to the polls. I don't care what color your are, the idea that this is finally "your time" to vote is a tremendous development for this country.

    And Nick, the white and black voters in this country have had their choice of two white guys in every election since we gained independence. Why shouldn't African Americans be excited about this election? I think in future elections, when it is not a big deal for a person of any gender, race or ethnic group to run, we won't expect a candidate's demographics to have such a big impact. But given the historic "first" of this election, it just makes sense that race is part of it. There is a big difference between voting against someone simply because of his color and voting for someone because he speaks to you and your race in a way that has never been done before.

    October 12, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  20. pam Eugene OR

    CNN Why are you closing to comments so soon?
    Palin booed at hockey game 4 comments
    McCain wants divided government 9 comments
    ACORN is all about lies and rumors and you know it.
    Let the American people speak. You have plenty of open comments on negative Obama topics but if anything is said that does not support a positive position for McCain you close comment after less than 15 people have a say.
    What's up with that?????
    I am so happy that we vote by mail here in Oregon . I will be voting for Obama/Biden next week and not watching or listening to this vial campaign a second longer. McCain has lost his way and it is too sad to watch.

    October 12, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  21. jm from sc

    John, I support Obama and I know why I am supporting him. It is because he is the best candidate for the job.

    McCain supporters are the ones that are confused. Many are supporting him because he was a POW. If McCain were to die, his VP does not know anything unless it is written by someone else. She just started reading the papers. That is why she is so excited talking about old news.

    OBAMA/Biden 08

    October 12, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. brenda from charleston sc

    obama should be tried for treason, or at least for violating the logan act. he DID go behinbd out presidents back and try to arrange a plan as it relates to pulling troops out of iraq. this action alone is a felony. it also shows that he has no respect for the law and for the nations higherst posiiton. perhaps if i send an email to sean hannity, he will investigate it since no one else will. what a shame that we the people are only subject to what the news media want to tell us. reeks of communism to me.

    October 12, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  23. Al

    Bombed civilians in Vietnam, then was consistent regulator and market-takes-care-of-everything... and helped launch Iraq nightmare. Has bad temper, and selected crazy extremist lady as potential VP.

    People of Ohio: we hopefully survived 2 terms of Bush (I thought we'd have complete collapse by now), please now don't do same mistake. Whoever voted for Bush in past, you have already too much guilt, too much blood on your hands. Think a little, talk to college educated people, read more...

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 12, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  24. Rob indetroit

    I wish the election was today.

    October 12, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  25. He should continue to do so!

    Mc Cain should gain ground as people reflect on the crisis in America on many levels not just financial.
    Do you want someone who SAYS they are an agent of change or some one who HAS the record of fighting against the status quo.
    WHEN has Obama ever even stood up to anyone in his party for the good of the country?
    When the senate took the vote to fund the troops GUESS WHERE Obama was?
    He stayed in the senate coat room to avoid voting.
    Hiding like the coward he is. (So Disgusting!)
    He does ALL things for his political carreer, Where as Mcain does for his country, and this is the kind of person it will take to REALLY change america .
    Obama only does what is popular and further his carreer.
    AMerica more now than ever needs someone who doesn't care how unpopular it is to do what is right.

    October 12, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
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