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
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  1. Jeff

    "Ohio Poll of polls: McCain gains some ground in tight race"Posted:

    "CNN's new Ohio poll of polls shows Barack Obama leading McCain by three points, 49 to 46 percent. "

    "In the September 21 poll of polls, Obama led McCain by a single point, 47 to 46 percent."

    Wow logic defies that headline – but apparently CNN is now trying its hardest to boost McCain over reality.

    October 12, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. Steve

    Obama isn't close to being a socialist. He's a mainstream, capitalist Democrat. The only people who think he's a socialist are those on the extreme right.

    And yes, I know exactly why I'm voting for Obama: judgment, temperament, and vision. And, because the only way that Sarah Palin should be allowed anywhere near the White House is if she buys a ticket for the tour.

    October 12, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  3. mark

    we need change, also in Ohio!

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08!

    October 12, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  4. Dave

    CNN, biased towards Republicans? The Clinton News Network biased towards Republicans? That is the equivalent of saying that Fox News, aka Fix News, Faux News, is biased towards Democrats.

    Get real.

    CNN is finally, in the eleventh hour, actually daring to question Obama's background. SO, now something must be wrong with them.

    Any minute now, Obama will release a press statement that this is not the CNN he knew. That this is not the CNN, he had come to know. That he is distancing himself from the hateful views of CNN.

    Now thats funny, I dont care who you are.

    October 12, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  5. T'SAH from Virginia

    OBAMA'S gong to win the ELECTORAL vote – the POPULAR vote – the WOMEN vote – the HISPANIC vote – the AFRICAN AMERICAN vote – the HISTORICAL vote – the WHITE who count vote – the CELEBRITY vote – the YOUNG vote – the Bradley-Effect vote, the UNDECIDED vote – the Evangelical vote – the JEWISH vote, EVERY vote!!!

    AND, before you go to bed on November 4 or when you wake up November 5 – YOU will know that Barack Obama IS the the next President of the United States!!!

    You heard it from ME and I approve this message!!!! LOL

    October 12, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. shell

    this Ohioan is all for OBAMA!!

    October 12, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  7. White woman of 63 for Obama from Day 1.

    Fox News just had RIck Davis, head of John McCains Campaign and
    Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae worker, on their program to state that OBAMA needs to apologize to JOHN MCCAIN for the statement that
    Mr. Lewis made comparing McCain to Wallace's campaign back in the
    days when race was an issue.

    No, Obama need not apologize to McCain for that. McCain should publicly apologize to Obama and the American people about "inciting
    hate and race" into his campaign. Talk about apologies owed?????

    And as for Letterman inviting John McCain back after McCain snubbed
    him? No, to Letterman, unless you are voting for the creep and his
    lying Palin!!!!

    October 12, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  8. Tony

    I always thought people in Ohio were more intelligent. Guess I was wrong!

    October 12, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. Joyce

    DO YOU WANT A PRESIDENT AND A VP THAT HAVE BROKEN ETHIC LAWS?
    RATHER THAN A GOOD MAN, WHO HAS PROVEN HIS ECONOMIC SKILLS BY RUNNING THE MOST EFFECTIVE CAMPAIGN EVER AND LET'S NOT FORGET (ESPECIALLY FOR YOU BIGGOTS...) WHO SPENT THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF HIS LIFE IN A WHITE WOMANS WHOMB AND WAS RAISED BY HIS WHITE KANSAS GRANDPARENTS?
    AMERICANS CAN'T BE THAT DUMB! I KNOW THEY'RE NOT!

    The nation has had 102 major-party tickets covering 51 presidential elections over more than two centuries. And we've never had a ticket in which both candidates on the same ticket were responsible for ethics violations before a national election. McCain/Palin is the first.

    It makes the whole "reform" pitch a little more difficult, doesn't it?

    October 12, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  10. Kimberly in Azizona

    one point is gaining ground? ha, since when,one point is not a gain, its an extra 2 of the 1000 calls made going to mccain. Obama need not fret, we may even turn out Arizona for him yet. I have a feeling its NOT going to be the slam dunk here that mclame seems to think. I know a whole lot of people that normally went republican, but now see hes a nut, and that lady he picked for vp is an absolute JOKE!

    October 12, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  11. schneider.360

    Dave: The DNC is only charatctierized as socialist if you subscribe to Marxism. Now, I dont know about you, but I don't and I'm pretty sure the DNC doesn't either.

    It's "We the People" not "I the person." America is not founded on capitalism it's founded on democracy, if we want to help each other out and help each other with our government we're allowed to do that because the government is established for the people, by the people.

    October 12, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  12. belle4Obama

    Hey Rick- Educate yourself. Obama's birth certificate is posted on his website...to respond to and dispel exactly the kind of misleading lies being spewed by Republicans to try and challenge Obama's procedural qualifications for President. (FYI...someone more subject to procedural challenge for the location of his birth is John McCain. Educate yourself.) While we are talking about examining documents, since you brought it up, let's see John McCain's/Cindy McCain's tax returns. How about his medical records? He would be the oldest elected President, with perhaps the most woefully unqualified VP nipping at his heels. (God help us all if she ends up in the White House). He is reputed for having a violent temper (would his records reveal years of PTSD treatment? Or the need for it?). Is that who we want with his hand on the button? I don't think so. Do we have a right to know? Oh yes we do. Do we have a right to know what people worth $100 million are invested in so that when they he is taking action as President we will know if it is in his own interest (hello oil man in the White House and the highest gas prices we have ever experienced....coincidence? I think not.) Get real. Make a point with a point. Better yet, VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN '08 and solve all of our problems.

    October 12, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. Billy Bob, Gainesville

    Forget it CNN, your uppity boy can't win this election-when whitey goes into the privacy of the voting booth in November, he will finally tell the truth-no Osama–no way-no how. Believe it.

    October 12, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. obama nj-dp

    CNN – YOU ARE LOSING IT, YOU ARE MAKING NEWS OVER 1 VOTE, AND THE BIGGEST NEWS I SEE TODAY IS PALIN LIED ON OBAMA, IN WHICH HE DID NOT – LET ME SAY IT AGAIN, HE DID NOT DELAY SECURITY AGREEMENT, THE IRAQI FM SAYS. WHAT A LIAR PALIN IS....WE CAN NOT AFFORD HER IN THE WHITE HOUSE....AMERICA WILL DEFINITELY BE IN BIG TROUBLE WITH ALL HER AND MCCAIN'S LIES....

    October 12, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  15. Frobama

    McCain-Palin '08

    October 12, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  16. Real

    McCain has been working OH pretty hard. He's no doubt telling them exactly what they want to hear. The state has already been hit hard by the policies of Team Bush and they'll suffer even more under McCain. He will continue the "free market" gospel of giveing busness tax incentives for sending Ohioan jobs overseas. That, when combinded with the economic calamity – all the result of Repbulican economics (yes, it is. YES IT IS!), will result in Ohioans standing in bread lines in a year or two. So Ohio, use common sense. To vote for McCain/Palin is to vote against your best interests. McCain cares nothing for you or your needs. You're just swing state votes, nothing more. That's the honest to God's truth.

    October 12, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  17. Richard A. Spomer

    I do believe when it comes down to the voters of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana politicking aside honesty and character will bring the winner forward, Obama is too close to dirty poetics and less support of character and honesty in Election 2008.

    Being some one having lived, worker, supported winners and losers over several elections now "McCAIN & PALIN" will carry a winning touch for the United States of America!!!

    So with one more round of national debates ahead of us all, I have an open mind waiting for Obama to ratchet up his ability to be honesty with everyone, and show some sign of character.

    However McCin will just have to show up!!!

    October 12, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. steve

    What? Did my calling you a moron because for not understanding "margin of error" hurt your feelings? Or do you just not publish any criticism of CNN?

    October 12, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  19. John Starnes Tampa

    We Obama supporters are quite ignorant indeed.

    October 12, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  20. Mackie

    Why isn't CNN talking about the abuse of power with Palin and that both her and McCain have ethics violations in their polital career. Can you imagine what they will both do in Washington.

    October 12, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. Tony

    HEY OHIO!

    STOP DRINKING THE KOOL-AID!

    October 12, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  22. Manuel TX

    I keep seeing comments that pollsters don't call cell phones.

    The talking heads repeat this too.

    Gallup does call cell phones.

    They have done so since January 1, 2008.

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    October 12, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  23. jm from sc

    Rick,
    What the hell do people want to know about Obama's past? He wrote two books on his life. The questions that are being asked need to be directed to the people in which they are about. If you want to know about the Tony guy, ask him. If you want to know about Rev. Wright, ask him. If you want to know about Ayers who is now a respected professor, ask him. Obama should not have to answer questions about other people past. McCain have just as many crooks in his past as Obama. People don't do research on the past of every body they meet or serve on a board with. If Obama is fit to be a setting senator, he is fit to be president.

    October 12, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  24. mstran

    I liked Obama at first, but when he could have said something about his pastor making all those nasty things, Obama was silent for a long time, then weeks later Obama finaily said something to the effect its not his views. But such a long silence like he tried to ride it it?!?!?
    If you have values you stand for, why in the world did it take so long (Weeks) to speak up!

    Most people for equality would have stood up for values that day and said something. Then the record of always voting for more taxes, I seen it and its true.

    Then the idea to give people a cut on medical costs? (Where's the money coming from, the tax payer) even if he says because it will be all electronic, that wont get complete for 5 to 8 years, the cost to run a system, security and all. BY that time the cost of living & medical increase that cut will be sucked up by the corp level anyway.

    I want to be proud to work for my money, don't hand me a check for a couple 1k's and say here is your yearly savings check we took from the rich. Give me a good paying job that pays my bills!!! not 5.50 an hour entering people medical records into a computer.

    Since looking over McCains Ideas more than 50% of his change ideas makes actual jobs, and the companies can be more compeditive globally. That way corporates can expand, hire more of us US based people. That means more WORKING tax payers help share the burden.

    The path Obama is taking to tax all the big companies in the US is nothing new. Look what the trend has done for the past few decades.
    Tax Companies right out of the US. ALL our oil companies moved overseas, all our clothing manufactures moved to asia, all our auto industry was 100% us now competes with Japan & Aus & Europe.

    We be came a nation of just service industry over the phone, and now all those jobs we loss to India.

    Come ON AMERICA we need to get back our industry producing companies, we need to bring our companies homes. The more people hired by home based companies.

    See how we taxed our manufacturing companies out of america, see how we taxed what customer service jobs out of america, see we just finacaily tax ourselves from our own homes and credit faith.

    All I can say is atleast McCain's record realy has been in the best intrest of the working people over his career, Obama has not.

    October 12, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  25. Jinny Lee

    STUPID, STUPID, people...who have been totally misled.

    October 12, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
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