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. My Conclusion

    An awful lot of dumb white folk live in the U.S.

    October 12, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. K For Obama

    Looks like the '04 Election all over again. McCain wins America loses!

    October 12, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  3. shawn - michigan

    BAD JUDGMENT !!! OBAMA IS BLACK AND WHITE ( 50/50)!!! NOT RACISM!!!! NO/OBAMA !!! TO MUCH SCRUTINY !!! AVOIDS THE ACCUSATIONS !!! DEMOCRATES DID THIS TO OUR ECONOMY!!! NO/OBAMA !!! GOD BLESS AMERICA

    October 12, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  4. Ohio for Obama- Suburbs

    All Obama has to do is win his states and (1) toss up state and the election is over. I believe that state will be Virginia that will put Obama in the White House

    October 12, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  5. Dave

    CNN, biased towards Republicans? That is the equivalent of saying that Fox News is biased towards Democrats.

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

    October 12, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. idiots for McPalin

    Hopefully Ohio is blue, if not they majority of them are racists otherwise why would they once again vote for a 3rd Bush term. Maybe Palin should try to make sure that Ohio secedes from the country instead of Alaska because I am so tired of that state holding the power of the presidency, they didn't do a great job the last 2 times.

    October 12, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  7. Darren Skotnes

    Despite the race issue going on in Ohio, I believe many Americans will change their minds by voting for Obama (even though he's black) because Americans know how they are feeling in these tough economic times and understand that Obama will bring change to Washington. I believe Obama can still win this election, even though he doesn't win in Ohio because he is leading in many other swing states, such as Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, Colorado, New Mexico, and Iowa, as well as Ohio, all of which Bush won in 2004.

    October 12, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Ohio had better vote for Obama otherwise it will end up like the next West Virginia

    October 12, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. not a liberal

    McCain is using hatred and fear to gain support. I worry for Obama supporters that they might become targets of hate crimes. My prayers go out for the supporters of McCain that they don't direct their anger in the wrong way and innocent people get hurt.

    October 12, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. K For Obama

    Dave if the Dems are socialists what does that make you? A racist?

    October 12, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  11. FreeNLovIt

    If you want to trust Palin, who has had a D in economic, with a global economy, go ahead! But remember, you were already warned!

    October 12, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. Mike, Syracuse NY

    lepetite, Anyone voting FOR Obama just because he is black is also blatantly racist. He would not even be the candidate except for the monolithic black vote. Even black conservatives are admitting they are voting for Obama because he's black. I'd say that people who do the opposite are just leveling the playing field.

    October 12, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  13. Bob

    When is Ohio going to wake up. McCain and Palin are not what this country wants, not what this country needs to move us in the right direction after the disastrous last eight years of Republican incompetency.

    October 12, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  14. EL.

    Can anyone rule out the fact that a capable black president can do the same if not better than a white president without being or thinking racism. common guys. america can do better.

    October 12, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  15. Brett in NC

    Finally someone with some intelligence on this blog site: thanks mstran!

    October 12, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  16. God bless William Ayers

    The hate speech repeated over and over by the Obama supporters at this CNN site says alot about Obama himself and about CNN.

    October 12, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  17. idiots for McPalin

    To Mstran: you are greatly misled. Please explain the scary things that Palin's pastor has said and Palin has said in the pulpit of her church.

    Obama has not condoned the hate speeches of anyone even Rev Wright. I haven't seen Obama sitting in a pew while Rev wright's speech was going on. But there is evidence of Palin doing this during her church services. Palin is a radical extremist which is really bad for our country.

    October 12, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  18. Greg, Atlanta

    Hey, maybe it's Palin's 'Executive' experience with her son's hockey team that is helping McCain out in the polls.

    October 12, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  19. RKing

    To me McCain has not shown a calm and steady hand. He is too eratic in his thinking and behavior. He sometimes doesn't seem to have the intellect either that it's going to take to start trying to put things together in the country after the election. It is going to be the biggest job a President has ever had and his past behavior and temperment are not a plus. The fact that there is even a possibility that something could happen to him because of age and Palin would take over is more than frightening. She has some talent for speaking, but not the woman for the job. If he had only chosen a women with more experience and a lot less baggage. Sometimes they bring his mother into it and talk about good genes, but she hasn't spent five years in a prison camp and doesn't display a bad temper .

    October 12, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  20. A statistician

    CNN needs to make more correct statements about their "poll of polls".

    The "poll of polls" most certainly DOES have a sampling error. Instead, the problem is that we are not able to quantify the sampling error based on knowing just the overall sample sizes, and we are likely not privy to the exact sampling scheme used in the individual polls.

    Personally, a 1% decrease in the margin is hardly something that would cause me to claim ground has been gained or lost.

    October 12, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  21. David

    Ohio is partly responsible for the mess that our country is in because they are stupid enough to vote Bush and Cheney in 2004. Because of there vote in 2004,America is mess it is in.Hey OHIO you better off now then you were 8 years ago? Prove rest of America wrong, prove to us that Ohio is not stupid enough to vote for McCain.

    why wont you post this?

    October 12, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  22. God bless William Ayers

    Mackie honey, there was no "abuse of power". That was simply a CNN headline to tease fools like yourself.

    October 12, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  23. Sam in NC

    Ohio will eventually go Obama..they realize it's time for a change and McCain is not the one and Palin is just flat scarey!!

    October 12, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  24. Dave

    Polls biased towards Republicans?

    The news media is finally, in the eleventh hour, actually daring to question Obama's background. SO, now something must be wrong with them, and their polls.

    October 12, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  25. Graduate Student

    Cut the name calling out already!

    FYI--America needs a fundamental change, and many Americans need a president whom embraces diversity so it can rub off them!

    Obama-Biden 2008
    Obama-Clinton 2012

    October 12, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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