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
soundoff (1,327 Responses)
  1. UNITING

    Senator Obama HAS….been through more secret service clearance then any nominee, he has been LIED on consistently because he is biracial, he has been drilled and thrown into the media feeding frizzy more then any nominee (Christian or Baptist), he has had to explain his pastor more then any nominee has ever, he has had to explain the amount of vetting he had to endure, he has had to repeat over and over again about his Christianity.

    Last but not lest………..When will we TALK and COMPLAIN about the IMPORTANT issue of McCain pastor and Palin (witch craft) Pastor’s. Where is the PROOF to the American people that show the vetting that McCain claims was done by the FBI on Palin. They claim to be CHRISTIANS, RIGHT?

    Do you honestly think WE know everything about McCain’s and Palin PAST????? Just this past week the news about abuse was PROVED!!!!!

    That is WHY you should think before you say such dumb excuses to NOT vote for Obama.

    October 12, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  2. Dave From Philly

    Polls do not matter. Votes matter. Ohio has a bad economy, just like Michigan and several other states. The difference, those others state know their best chase for economy recovery is with Sens Obama and Biden.

    If I lived in Ohio and the Obama lost the election, I would move. Sen. McCain has not plan for rebuilding American. Gov. Palin has no brain.

    Obama is for infrastructures building. That will create jobs and strenghten our highways, roadways and other transportation systems. He is also for green technology which will create jobs and we would use less middle east oil.

    Be smart Ohio, WV, MN, CO and NV. Vote for the smart guy, not the dumb and dumber.

    October 12, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  3. Vote4Obama!

    I am a Little Person who walks with crutches. I've had my Obama stickers on my crutches for over 9 mths and have received nothing but positive comments until yesterday. I was asked what it said, so I proudly raised my crutch and said Obama. The comment back was that I should be shot!

    What is this country coming to? McCain & Palin have no clue the danger they have encouraged and promoted upon innocent people... and they sure should have; if not they or no one else has any business thinking they are qualified to lead this country for the good of our country! We NEED positive leadership more than anyone realizes... you'll know what I'm talking about if you have a child in the public school system (ESPECIALLY high school!)! Shame on you McCain and Palin... you're both takers who are too self-absorbed to care about anyone else!

    October 12, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  4. georges

    so if a white man elected Mccain he becom a racist but when most black guys are going to elect Obama just becouse he is black, this act is not racism????.
    America now need a man to lead not a man to make records (first african american)
    And to all of u who are agaisn Georges w. Bush. Maybe he did some mistaks but if any other guy where faced with the amount of problems that bush faced i am certain that he will do much worse, he faced the only foreign attack on amaeircan souls since the britich, ext.
    America now need Mccain becouse he have verry good leadership, he is a real american hero, he is been for so long in polotics that he knows how to face any problem specially a huge economic problem.
    it is better to rely on a man with experiance than on a new person that have too much to learn.
    If u read all the polls in the entire world everybody want obama, becouse he is better for them, the other people not for the american.
    God bless America, Safe arrival to the white house Senetor Mccain

    October 12, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  5. Anthony

    IF someone starts a fire you do not put it out by giving them more matches. That is what the government just did by giving 700 billion to the same people who's greed got the country into the mess that we are in now. What should have been done was to give every one that has paid taxes the money. Divide it up equally, then tax us so the government would get part of it back. Put the stipulation that intrest will stay the same. Make this a one time shot deal. After this no one gets any more money from the government. You get to pay off all your debt, invest it, put it in the bank, burn it but after you get your check do not come back this way.
    By the way the US government give a check to almost every country in the world. It's called foreign aid, and these countries do not give a crap about America. So I say my government should give back to it's own people. The reason why so many countries like China Japan and others Saudia Arabia, the government of those countries do not let foreigners come in and own land or property, withouat paying a heavy price. How many building in New York, or LA are owned by none Americans.

    October 12, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  6. A former Buckeye

    Buckeyes have always been able to pick a winner, I sure hope they get it right this year. I'm hearing a lot of racist remarks, from small towns and minds in Ohio. Come on folks its 2008.

    OBAMA/BIDEN08

    October 12, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  7. DR

    Lets see Virginia has 13 electoral votes, North Caorlina 15 electoral votes = 28; Colorado has 9 electoral votes, Nevada and Mexico has 5 electoral = 19 but who's up in those polls: OBAMA.

    So if Ohio still stubborn after 8 years of having "the" worst economy then fine because Obama campaign has changed the strategy of the map. They can win without Ohio because states such as Montana, Indiana, Missouri and Georgia and now West Virginia is a toss up and lets not forget Florida which pollsters com showing Obama is also leading there too and they have 27 electoral votes. It's too personal in Ohio and it's sad they chose to suffer by voting for McSame.

    October 12, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  8. Katie

    To quote Ben Franklin "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. "

    Voting for McBush = Insanity

    October 12, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  9. Kathy

    I want McCain to drop Palin from potential vice president, she abused her power as governor and she is also not qualified for the job.

    October 12, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Shat a ridiculous headline to say that McCain is pulling ahead in this state when it's by one point. Hmph.

    October 12, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  11. Knows better

    Seriously, CNN –censor me and I will know, definively that you are 100% anti truth and 100% anti American and 100% afraid of McCain.

    Where are your reporting skills you wimps??? Only your censorship skills are working huh? DUMMYCRATS all of you – even Dobbs.
    FEED ME, LEAD ME KING HUSSEIN OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ACORN IS RUINING OUR FREEDOM and you say NOTHING???
    OBAMA LIES day in and day out and you say nothing????

    CNN= Communist News Network. Point in case. Cowards-–

    October 12, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  12. Kathy

    Where is Jack Cafferty, he would address issue of Palin abusing her power.

    October 12, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  13. Jr

    stop look at polls! they are fake!!

    October 12, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  14. ruty

    I would like to know which trailer park they emptied out to get the people McCain had at the rally where he finally defended Obama?

    October 12, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  15. Marc

    The more Sarah Palin speaks the better it is for Barack Obama.

    Can anyone in their right mind vote SARAH PALIN A HEARTBEAT AWAY FROM RUNNING THE FREE WORLD?????????

    October 12, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  16. Obama for Pres in NC

    What about all the jobs Sarah Palin helped create when she gave the Alaska building contracts to the Canadian firm? It was country first. Just the wrong country.

    October 12, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  17. B. Hawkins

    McCain can not win without Ohio, or Virgina,or Florida ,or Iowa,or Colorado period.

    CNN will not publish this.

    October 12, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  18. Sandy

    This is a ridiculous headline. McCain gained one point. Although, true, he has gained, I'm sure this is within the margin of error of any of the polls that you have. Do you not have a statistician? This headline is clearly aimed at getting people just to click on the story. It is I'm sure in the scheme of things 'not a big deal' to you, but to me it points to an underlying problem with the news coverage today. It's as if this is some kind of sports game and the commentators are trying to keep the game tight and exciting. I agree it is a tight race, but you don't need to say that he's 'gaining'-it's one point. Please. Really, I'm hoping that you stop the charade, your coverage is inflammatory on both ends and just serves to stoke raw emotions.

    October 12, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  19. CB8421

    I just don't get it. OH doesn't matter. VA matters. What does the poll of polls show there?

    CNN, why don't you start reporting the truth and stop trying to make this seem closer than it is. It may get closer, it might not, but if the election were held today, it wouldn't be close. I understand you want people to stay "tuned in", but if you keep peddling this garbage and not reporting the facts, you'll lose more viewers than you hope to gain by providing a skewed view of what the polls are saying.

    October 12, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  20. Samuel

    Sorry I am not American and I do not live there – could someone explain to me why it is that your press has gone mum on the fact of Sarah Palin’s abuse of office? Is it not official? I waited today for Wolf to come up with a segment on Late Edition and frankly I was completely shattered there was no mention of this scandal. I s there a conspiracy of silence within your press corps enabling the other side in this to get away with any behavior? How less newsworthy is this story in comparison to the Rev. Write story?
    Please someone explain to me I really would like to understand this bit of behavior on the part of your press.

    October 12, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  21. Dan

    Race is tight.
    After months of smear campaign by Obama, carefully but consistently pointing at the age of McCain and his (non-existing) connection to Bush, saying he "lost it" and (above all) promising essentially
    context-free "change" it is still amazing that the race is close.
    (McCain started only recently to return over due smear).
    Fight-the-smear- Obama???? Fight your own!!!!

    With the emotional appeal of Obama's rhetorics and his nice voice and the lines he reads so well off the teleprinter, it should have been that based on the level of the US voter Obama should have led by 20% or so. Recall, No one lost by underestimating the average IQ of the American voter!!!

    Obama-Biden (I am just writing this so CNN will post it)

    October 12, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  22. Susan

    MCCAIN is way to old and PALIN is clearly not capable nor qualified to be president, mccain should just go retire and Palin should attend to her family.
    VOTE OBAMA

    October 12, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  23. Jeff

    So he went from 4 back to 3 back....whoopty freakin' doo...

    October 12, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  24. A christian conservative for Obama, Washington DC

    C'mon CNN. You were really lacking for good news for McCain. Finally, big headlines: MCCAIN LOOSES BY 1 POINT LESS!!!!

    October 12, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  25. grimey1025

    I think he would do better if he would stop attacking Chicago politicians and start talking about the issues. I gave him a lot of credit b/c he was in the military. He stood up for what he believed to be right. Instead now, he's way to the right. This race just might be over before it even got started.

    October 12, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
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