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. Hector Garcia

    I can't understand how the people want to vote for McCain and Pallin. They are misleading people with lies and other propaganda that is fueling hate, division, and racism.

    The answer that McCain gave to a lady in a rally, who said that she heard that Obama was Arab, was a very bad answer because he didn't expalined that Arabs, are good citizens too. His counterpart is the person responsible for this situation. The only thing that goes out from her mouth is VIOLENCE. Very sad!!

    I trust that voters will see that electing Republican, is to follow with the politics that have destroyed the good reputaion of the USA.

    October 12, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  2. Eileen

    NObamas in the White House. He is a liar and a cheat. Ayers, ACORN, Wright, Rezco, Fannie Mae and the media bias. He can't be trusted. The Dems caused this whole financial mess, staring with Clinton, Pelosi, Reid, Franks

    October 12, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  3. Kim, Dallas, TX

    In response to John. I support Obama 100%. Guess what, I have two degrees and am a white, middle aged, female. We are not uneducated and we do not rely on the system to take care of us...those of us that are voting for Obama. Rather we are tired of the Republican fear machine that wants war with everyone. We are tired of the greed and corruption. I want what is best for our country overall. I want to see us regain world pride, great education, healthcare that won't break us, and a sound economy. All of that has been lost in this last administration. We cannot be a significant world power and let everything else go to third world standing.


    October 12, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  4. emy

    Karl rove is laughing. This is what he wants. Karl Rove wants us to fight each other so bush and republicans can continue to take our rights away, start more wars, and put this country more in debt.

    October 12, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  5. Karen - Missouri

    If Ohioans want to lose more jobs and homes, then I guess they'll vote for the clueless person on the economy...McCain

    If Ohioans want to take this country forward for the benefit of all...someone with INTELLIGENCE...they they'll vote for Obama

    We just can't "second guess" what will happen. We can try...but only Nov. 4 will tell us if this country will be the country of hatred (McCain) or the country of unity and pride (Obama)

    October 12, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  6. sharon walker

    Dear Friends:
    AN article in the Arizona REpublic of today Accentuate aPositive has an article of Colin Acedo of Queen Creek wals his bull back to it stall after showing it Saturday. A grand Champion. Please check this out this looks like a type of bull and or a like cow that is Biblical. What is the origin. Breeding of these would be what to this child and his college or family! I mean was it in the time of our Lord Jesus Christ?
    Or similar.

    A poetry and song of life that which is Gods will.

    Honesty and the right for children like this that has and will do good things for all men.

    McCain proud of you and others who serve. Do this nation justice by taking Palin off the ticket.

    October 12, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  7. Joi

    I live in Ohio and no one polled me! Where are they getting their numbers? I know Columbus is a "Blue City".

    Obama/Biden '08/'12

    October 12, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  8. Zion

    Shaw in Michigan– I am writing my comment in lower case caps since you decided to write your comment in all upper case letters. You must be a McCain-Palin supporter because only those supports would think that the only way to get their point across is by being obnoxious. PS – Many black Republicans are voting for Obama. Get Ready.

    A Black Republican who will vote for Obama.

    October 12, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  9. C. Ingram

    I'm with you FreeNLovIt. But it goes a lot deeper than that. The Ethics Committee in Alaska has found that she did abuse her power as governor. Can you imagine what she will do as vice president, and possibly one day, president? It reminds me of a story I heard as a little girl about a snake who knocked on a woman's door and asked to be let in. The woman acknowledged knowing that it was a snake and inquired why she should let the snake in. The snake flattered the woman (and I believe in giving credit where credit is due,Sarah Palin is a master flaterer) and the woman let the snake in. Once the snake gained entry to the woman's house, of course, it bit her and when the woman questioned the snake's betrayal, the snake's answer to the woman's question was "WELL, YOU KNEW I WAS A SNAKE WHEN YOU LET ME IN."

    October 12, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  10. Nik Kripalani

    I Live in San Diego, CA which is mostly Republican, but if Obama wins with Joe Biden with San Diego, I am mostly happy. What happened to Anti-Smoking campaigns for better Mother Earth. I heard what Sarah Palin said about San Fransico, my sister city. I could say the same about Alaska, where the Bald Eagle Resides. I want to let you guys know, we maybe old in age, but I have been called worse. Take my Sister's Driving instructor, he was a real racist. If I only had a tape recorder, I could let you guys listen to a real racist. I am defintely Voting Obama/Biden 08. I was taught if you don't have anything nice to say just don't say it. Democrat Landslide Including my old home state of New Jersey. Ohioans I had a cousin who went to your rival, Michigan, there votes will be counted this year and because Michael Moore will hit you hard if a Republican wins again. OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 12, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  11. Old White Guy

    Gee John are you proud of yourself, lying and engaging in racial stereotypes.

    I guess your so power hungry that you are willing to peddle your honor for a few years at the top. I can understand you knowing that your chances are running out but, that sidekick of yours is downright pathetic.

    October 12, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  12. Marylou

    I am from Ohio and the economy is even worse here than other areas of the country, and has been for a long while. We have lost good paying jobs, and our forclosure rate is very high..based on job loss, not people being extravagant. People here are hurting. We need change desperately. John McCain is very erratic, and will offer even more of the past 8 years. Palin is not ready to lead. We will not vote based on a persons race, we will vote for someone that can lead us out of this mess, and fast. I am voting for OBAMA, I am white, almost 60 and a female..worried about social security, healthcare and the education and future of my grandchildren. God Bless America

    October 12, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  13. Obama is for UNITING of the PEOPLE

    Jerry wynn,
    I feel your pain too. DID you know that McCain senior advisor announced this past two weeks that McCain intends to CUT benefits from our Social Security checks, Medicaid and Medicare. We have worked all these years to enjoy our hard earned Social Security, and now someone who is a millionaire IS going to CUT some of those benefits.

    Please before you vote for a Candidate please make sure you google or research anyway you can to find out if you will have less or more to look forward to as you approach your golden years..........PLEASE......

    McCain IS going to CUT our Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare benefits, while he get three to four HUGE checks (excluding his pay check) each month from OUR government HIMSELF!!!!!!!

    October 12, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  14. David

    What is the wrong with us American people??? We've had a very bad 8 years under Bush, so why continue to support and elect the same Party over and over again? We are better than this, it's time for a change.

    October 12, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  15. Carol Brucker, Fishers, IN

    No matter what is the subject.......I am not ashamed to leave my name as repesenting the only choice. left to the American peolple..... This is TOO important to let get by.........please people.........think... where is your conscience?????......... of the American People????? Wake UP!!!!! Vote for what is RIGHT.....or we all will PAY......Your choice...........not mine..... I have already made my decision, (and PROUD OF IT) October 6, 2008..... the only and correct choice ..................

    October 12, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  16. Laura

    mstran- Ok and McCain failing to say anything about his crowds saying "kill him" and "terrorist" is what exactly? It took him a week and then he decided to say somthing which didn't really help. What about Palin's pastor? The one that still believes in witches? What about her husband who wants Alaska to break from the US? And her saying "good job" to that. What about his remarks about his hatred for America? This is so one way. There are some so ready to trounce Obama but they don't even look at McCain and Palin. As for the
    nick shaw- It is actually a little less than 97%. This argument has been made before. However, 89% of African Americans voted for Clinton. What is the explanation for that? Minorities are usually democrats. Does this mean all are not voting for race? No. However they are called minorities for a reason. There is a significant chance that there are more whites voting for McCain because he is white than the other way around. Not to mention the ones hiding behind the "he's a terrorist with Muslim ties" excuse. That has been proven incorrect by many people. I believe that is an excuse to make people feel better about not voting because he is black.

    October 12, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  17. K. Cleveland

    Gas prices in Ohio were $4 a gallon this summer. Gas at multiple Cleveland-area stations today is $2.54 a gallon.

    Coincidence? Is gas REALLY supposed to drop $1.50 a gallon in three months?!

    October 12, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  18. Ms. RDS

    @mstran..your whole post is a contradiction with reality. Tax rates have been low for the past 8 years, that hasn't prevented one company from going overseas. What has caused alot of this is our willingness to do business with countries that have little or no labor standards. So why would you pay and American worker $30 or $40 dollars an hour when you can pay and Indian or Chinese worker $5 or $10. That's simple mathematics and nothing to do with taxes. More importantly McCain is a big fan of free trade and he makes no bones about it. Besides the fact that their are so many loopholes in our tax codes that a wide percentage of business don't even pay taxes. McCain's records for working people...LMAO excuse me but yeah he has a record of not supporting equal pay for women so that means mstran that you would be getting paid less for your work than a man. And what is a $5000 tax credit going to do when the average health care cost in America is around $12,000. This is what is going to kill jobs b/c the companies will now be taxed for health care benefits. How can you trust McCain's plans when they are the exact same as George Bush's. You nor any of his supporters can name 1 difference. If it hasn't worked in the past 8 years then obviously they're not going to work in 4 more.

    October 12, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  19. helluva job brownie

    brett: if you think mstran is smart, no wonder obama is taking nc. mccain never met a bush tax cut (for the wealthy) that he didn't love, thinks regulation is for wimps, and wants to drill our way to oil independence.

    it'll be nice on 1/21/09 when some grownups (obama/biden) are in charge.

    October 12, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  20. ScaredforFuture

    Why are we still looking at polls? I guarantee Obama gets AT LEAST 350 electoral votes on Election Day. The mainstream newsmedia will do anything to keep people's interests these days. Its disgraceful and shameful. I bet if these news networks were around they would have called the Nixon/McGovern race too close to call...

    October 12, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  21. Old White Guy

    mstran – you sound like your repeating sound bites from the republican national committee.

    There are so many false accusations in your rambling that it would take hours to refute "all of your positions" so, I'll just say that your like John and Sarah, another liar for the GOP.

    October 12, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  22. Captain America

    Even though the poll of polls doesn't compute a sampling error, I can guarantee that there is one. That makes a one percent movement virtually meaningless, certainly not headline material. At a sampling error of 3% a 1% change is statistically insignificant, meaning that the 1% might have just been an artifact generated in computation, not a reflection of the real world.

    October 12, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  23. anyonmous

    i am so sick and tired of hearing ohio where are the poll of poll from the other state if obama can win a republican stronghold then he will be the president

    October 12, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  24. Matt

    NO! McCain will not take this state, America can not have him take the state.

    October 12, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  25. Bill

    Nick, race is an American issue–we are a nation full of immigrants (some of our ancestors were enslaved, others indentured, and yet others landowners and slave masters). The dynamic between the historically oppressed, the disenfranchised , and those who were not oppressed and disenfranchised and furthermore those who disenfranchised and oppressed is what makes "race" relevant in this election.

    The fact of the matter is that African Americans were a disenfranchised group and an African American is running for president. This is something that can't be overlooked. There is a reason why it took so long for a black candidate to emerge to the status of presidential nominee; especially when you consider the fact that there are around 40 million blacks in America currently (12% of the population). In a fair world, the aforementioned would indicate that blacks would have a 1 in 10 chance to become president, a number that has been fairly consistent throughout American history, except during a period during chattel slavery when blacks made up over 20% of the population.

    We can come to one conclusion when we analyze the above statistics and factor in the current political, economic and every other disparity that exists between certain groups in America. The world isn't fair.

    But I am grateful that news organizations have taken it upon themselves to address these issues.

    Obama's election will inspire as well as increase the morale and moral fiber of every American for generations to come.

    October 12, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
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