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. God bless William Ayers

    It absolutely defies logic why Ohioans continue to support Obama and Biden. No job, house in foreclosure, 401K lost 50 % of it's value in the last week. Oh, but Joe Biden sure is spunky !

    October 12, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. OS


    October 12, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  3. Bev

    John – "Lets face it, people who support Obama have no clue why they are doing it. Other than the 30% of Americans who don't pay taxes, they know voting for Obama that he will milk the other 70% of us who do pay taxes."

    Are you stupid? Get your facts straight. It's people like you that make us (Obama Supporters) believe that McCain/Palin supporters are only voting for McCain because he's white. If you know anything about Obama's tax plan, you would know:

    "Obama's tax plans, as stated on his Web site and as discussed by various analysts, would increase individual tax rates for the two highest tax brackets to pre-Bush administration levels of 36 percent and 39.6 percent. That would apply to families with income greater than $250,000 or singles with income greater than $200,000, affecting about 2 percent of taxpayers."

    Either you are a person who falls into the higher income category of $200K or more or you are an idiot. I'm going to go with answer #2.

    October 12, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  4. Uh......1 pt?

    B F D!!!

    Gramps ain't gonna catch up unless Diebold helps him.

    October 12, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  5. Grandmother from Fresno

    Would someone please submit this question for the next and last Presidential Debatre? QUESTION: How many more American lives would have been lost if we had not left Viet Nam when we did AND what difference would another 10 years of fighting there have made?

    October 12, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  6. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Typical of the republican fear and smear tactics. We need to get the fact out that McCain is STILL friends with G Gordon Liddy (of watergate fame) who spent time in prison and was subverting our very Constitution even way back then.

    We are sick of the republican/Rove tactics – we're sick of McCain and Palin lying over and over and over.

    I mute the tv or switch channels when either of them is on

    October 12, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  7. Obama-did-not...




    October 12, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  8. kate

    Hey I have not been polled, nobody I know has been polled
    (sounds painful actually)
    how about all the people with cell phones that are not being called and are voting for McCain?
    I think Obama is in for a rude awakening come November
    Oh and I love Palin she's so honest how can you not love her
    So she's not polished like Obama, what are ya gonna do?
    at least she's balanced a budget and created jobs, that's more then Barrack. has done.
    Anyone from Chicago area like to respond?

    By the way the only thing scary about Obama is his lack of experience and to be correct , he's only half black Matthew , LOL

    October 12, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  9. FreeNLovIt

    At 3AM in the morning, if something should happen to McCain, you trust Palin, to make the call for an economic decision? Look, if Bush is having problems, handling the economy, Palin will not stand a chance

    October 12, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  10. bannedfromcnnfornotbeingamoron

    Florida........2000,Ohio.........2004.Does anyone see a pattern emerging here?If you are mentally challenged,please refrain from spoiling it for the rest of us.

    October 12, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. JWR

    Ohio's economic health had been in the toilet before 2000, I was shocked that they voted for Bush and was just outdone when they came through for Bush again in 2004. At this point it should be a no-brainer. Ohio came through for Bush, but Bush did nothing for Ohio. Ohio is now supporting yet another Republican with the same financial formula that was bottle fed to Ohio for the last 8 years? How can they keep doing the same thing and expect a different outcome?

    October 12, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  12. Angelicious

    I hope Ohio and the other states LOOK CLOSELY at the LIES initiated and perpetuated by McCain and Palin regarding Obama. They have NOTHING to offer this country but these lies. Where I come from, the Devil is a liar and the father of liars. And that comes from the bible thumped by so many rightwingers. Time they walk the walk and ditch the likes of McCain, Palin, Rove, Bush, Cheney and the other liars whose misdeeds have brought us to economic disaster and the imminent downfall of our nation. It will take a change to save us. It will take Obama.

    October 12, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  13. Hankers

    Don't encourage this band of fools.

    October 12, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  14. Tucker Bounds is an IDIOT

    Shawn in Mich.,
    What drugs are you on? The Democrats caused the economic problems that are apparent today? 8 years of republican rule have once again shown that the GOP is the party of the corporation... not the party of the people. Wake up and smell the coffee before it's too late.

    October 12, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  15. Scary

    Some of Obama's Cabinet members: Wright, Ayers, Rezko....SCARY!!

    October 12, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  16. noel

    The huge effort by a pro-Obama group, Vote Today Ohio, takes advantage of a quirk in the state's elections laws that allows people to register and cast ballots at the same time without having to prove residency.

    Republicans have argued that the window could lead to widespread voter fraud because officials wouldn't have an opportunity to verify registration information before ballots were cast.

    Among the volunteers were Yori Stadlin and Vivian Lehrer of the Upper West Side, who got married last week and decided to spend their honeymoon shepherding voters to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

    Early today, Stadlin's van picked up William Woods, 59, at the soup kitchen of the Bishop Cosgrove Center.

    "I never voted before," Woods said, because of a felony conviction that previously barred him from the polls. "Without this service, I would have had no way to get here."

    October 12, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  17. v.ananthan

    Foreign campain money, voter frauds..........


    McCain /Palin 08.

    October 12, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  18. Barbara

    Lincoln, – a Republican lawyer from Illinois who became President, fought the war to end slavery.

    Obama, – a Democratic lawyer from Illinois, will become the first black president., and will address social issues that affect everyone!

    and that would make Lincoln proud! That will be bi-partisan history!!!

    Go Obama

    October 12, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  19. DC

    Please stop saying "The poll of polls does not have a sampling error". Yes, you can average the polls without error (I hope), but it does NOT mean that you are gauging the attitudes of the public with complete accuracy, which is what your statement implies. Since all of the component polls have sampling error, there is still error in the poll of polls with respect to the population.

    October 12, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  20. Jeff from Jersey

    Just talked to the neighbors about the election.They NEVER vote but they are voting for McCain.Why?
    "Because we can't have a black President!".

    October 12, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  21. Ron L

    Governor Sarah Palin lacks the intelligence to be the Vice President of these United States. You can REALLY tell when you ask her questions that require spontaneous answers other than remembered talking points.
    I ask you members of the Republican party and the rest of the American electorate....Do you REALLY want this type of person in the White House??
    The last person we elected that was of average intelligence was….
    George W Bush and look at the mess the world is in from that election!!
    WHEN is she going to do interviews on CNN, ABC, NBC, MSNBC. How in the world are we allowing this woman to run for this office without going on the Sunday morning interview process??

    October 12, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  22. Sugar Ray Republican

    Please spare us all from the teenage rantings of the Obamanation. Husseinites, should you sneak in the Oval Office in November, we'll enjoy laughing and/or crying through a thoroughly inept, socialist, anti-American presidential tenure. And we'll be defending our property ...

    October 12, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  23. True

    How any white person with half a brain could vote for Obama is simply beyond my comprehension. People, he sat in the pews of a racist, Anti-American Church for 20 years! He can't lie his way out of that one!

    October 12, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  24. junesee

    to those who are making an error in voting for McCain /Palin, remember these words:


    unfortunately I cannot vote in USA because I am Canadian but if I could, it would be for OBAMA/BIDEN (along with thousands of other Canadians might I add!!)

    October 12, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  25. SC Bird

    Gaining ground?!? Is this because one poll happens to differ, even if only slightly, from the trend. Perhaps that's what makes this newsworthy.

    My current state's electoral votes may go to McCain as well. However, I will vote my conscience and for what I think is best for our country.

    I do not do this lightly: as the child of an Air Force officer our school made banners and we welcomed John McCain back from Hanoi on the tarmac at Clark Air Base in the PI, while living in Phoenix I also voted for him for his first two terms as Senator. He has my utmost respect and I consider him a great American.

    However, this campaign has changed him. His pick for VP was questionable; it just proved to me that the only qualification was that she was pro-choice, fervently Christian or evangelical, and partisan.

    My party no longer exists; I guess I'm Independent (but I'd rather say I'm just American). It was the party of Ford, Reagan, and the first Bush. I considered them more centrist and not as partisan or divisive. When they made a mistake they owned up. Not the party that justified means to an end (shades of Nixon).

    Surely, there are those that will for McCain because he is not black, just as there are some that will vote for Obama because he is not Republican. I just hope we get the best person for position.

    October 12, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
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