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. willow n md

    hey everyone... forget about the polls on cnn, msnbc, fox, newsweek...ok u get my point...do the following personal poll...poll the value of your home...poll how much u have spent for basic personal needs....poll your retirement account(s)....poll the cost you have paid this year for healthcare... poll the amount of aid your state/city/town receives for education....now go to the polls and vote...

    October 12, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  2. Knows better

    ...and, of course its Racist – Obama and his 95% black following have made it so – not Mccain. stupid to even question it -

    This is Excatly how he took down the Clintons! just cry racism instead if answering legitimate questions about his affiliations -which are disgusting – Because his hateful wife and pathetic record and socialist tax and spend tactics are crap. He KNOWS NOTHING- silly (muslim, communist) Chiago lawyer. Why is he even running???

    And you are all falling for him hook line and sinker -sad Liberals!!

    God help America if Obama Jr gets in -rookie, knownothing, liar.

    October 12, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  3. linda from South Dakota

    well its not over yet,, and a BIg concer of mine is if something would happen to mccain,, then sarah takes over, and she has not idea what to do,, she cant even answer a question,,,, i have never thought any other wat but to vote for obama,,,, and its till that way,,,, mccain has nevr and never will impress me with his charm,,, he almost started a riot with his NEGATIVE REMARKS<<<<>>?? think twice poepl,, three times even,, this elected will chg your life alot,, and be prepared for it,, obama is the only positive chg,,,, he works for the people,,,, and with the people,,, so many are wieghting this on race,, .. well this is totally wrong,, its what they say,, consistantly , how they say it,, if its their own idea or did they steal it???,,, think alot people,,, its a big decision and priveldge to vote and elect the next presient of the untied states,,,, obama,,, biden,, 08,, now and beyond

    October 12, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  4. Jamie Woodard

    Yes, it's close in Ohio, but I can't believe this article says, "Pennsylvania may be slipping from John McCain's grasp..." Are you kidding me? Barack Obama has a double digit lead in Pennsylvania in both the 10/7 Morning Star poll and the 10/6 poll done by Strategic Vision. Get with it. Pennsylvania is not even in question.

    October 12, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  5. Frank

    Hey let's face it!!!
    The ABUSE of POWER that PALIN has excercised in the troopergate bipartisan report shouldn't shock anybody that is watching closely.
    Didn't she say at the debate that she would want MORE POWER if elected as Vice president?
    Talk about ethics ? it's the ultimate bridge to nowhere as Biden would say.
    We need a REAL change!!!! let's inspire the world.Go Obama/Biden

    October 12, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  6. weneedstrongleadership

    Simple the gas prices are droping because of a bad economic system, it's simple economics. There are less people buying gas because they can not afford it because the economy is such a poor state, in turn lowers the price of gas.

    Look at it this way, if you had an item everyone wanted then you could have a higher price. If you could not sell the item but still needed the money you would be forced to lower the price to a more appealing amount.

    October 12, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  7. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    It sounds like the Democrats are being blamed for dishonesty/fraud by the ACORN organization.

    Is there any proof?

    Why couldn't it be the Republicans messing around with voters' registration through ACORN?

    October 12, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  8. Thomas, PDX

    You know, if you're STILL not sure who you're going to vote for this close to the election, then there's something wrong with you.

    October 12, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  9. Maher

    Actually, I am not concerned about race or ideology, However, I am concerned about who we are and who we became:

    1) You can not influence the economy substantially as much as you can directly influence it through perception.

    2) The current world perception of our American economy is no more positive and needs to be restored quickly.

    3) America has been always perceived as a protector of rights and never as an aggressor; therefore regardless of McCain's good intentions, he is perceived because of his military background as a military man and a potential war inciter, which enhances more the negative perception and consequently the economy.

    4) The ethical standards in our financial markets are on the decline–the presidential race, the way it is currently lead is a ghood reflection of them and sustains the notion that where is our constitution and ethical America gone?

    October 12, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  10. Knows better

    Hey, CNN: (disclaimer) email deemed appropriate? are you kidding? have you read these violent claims against Palin-–weird and sad on your part. Inciting violence against women?? how very unDemocratic of you. Oh, that's right, Republicans are the party FOR women.

    October 12, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  11. laura

    Go ahead vote Obama, when it's all said and done and we're all screwed then I'll proudly wear my Don't Blame Me... I voted McCain~Palin shirt while all of you guys are whining over how your going to make ends meet month by month for bills, and watching your butt for terrorists!

    October 12, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  12. Sharon

    I want to answer the questions regarding Afro .American voting for a white. We have been voting for white Americans for years. I am a Afro American who voted for Hilary Clinton. I am leaning toward Obama because he has given more facts and can explain his stance on things. McCain just coming up with stuff as he goes and everything he does is read from a piece of paper. You need someone who understand what he is doing in this time of crisises. Furthermore, it really upsets me to see McCain use Palin for his personal gains and stage all this hatred during his rallies. I mean everything that has happened at his rallies has been a publicity stunt for him and effort to divide this country versus uniting this country. The economy is not about a black or white person. We all are trying to survive out here. So please stop looking at things from a black and white stand point and look at the facts.

    October 12, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  13. margie(alabama)

    i am very disappointed in ohio forget about your personal feeling about obama and think about your lifely hood it is about your future

    October 12, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  14. henrietta

    i pray that the good people of ohio does not allow the skin color of anyone get in the way of what the country need in times like this, i'm so worrie about what's going to happen before things gets better. so please let all take a look at the issues instead of color, because we all are childern of GOD, AND IT WAS HE WHO MADE US ALL.


    October 12, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  15. Sydney

    To all of you undecided voters, please vote for change, we have had enough, people are really hurting all over this country we just can't afford to vote for the same party and take that chance for more disasterous mistakes. Our world is falling apart very fast and this is a very crucial election, please take the time to really think about which direction this world is headed and vote for change.
    God Bless all Americans

    October 12, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  16. Toz

    Of course, CNN has a vested interest in the election, to the extent that, if it isn't close, no one is watching and, therefore, advertisers are not paying exorbitant prices for ad time.

    That being said, CNN does not tell you that in the last 9 polls, Obama leads in 7 of them, including by 6 in PPD and ABC. CNN does its readers a disservice by focusing solely on its own polls in an effort to "create" a race, much the same way it "created" a candidate in 2004 with Howard Dean and John Kerry.

    October 12, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  17. Michigan Voter

    Polls are worthless. They reflect only what's believed within a very small sample, which could easily be skewed one way or another.

    A lot can happen in three weeks. It's not over and won't be until Nov. 5. Until then, don't bet on anything as being a 'guarantee'.

    October 12, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  18. C

    Fooled in 2000, fooled in 2004, don't let 'em fool us again in '08 Ohio!

    Obama/Biden for working folks!

    October 12, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  19. Reece

    If this posting site was a poll McCain is behind in a landslide.

    Why would anyone in Ohio, a state in constant declined under every republican's administration even consider going to vote for a republican. Their unemplyment is one of the highest, companies close daily, some moving over seas and the housing market and realestate a catastrophy

    Do Chickens vote to go KFC?

    October 12, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  20. PJ


    I would think that the majority of African American are voting for Barack Obama because most blacks are Democratics and would have supported the Democratic nominee regardles of any race.

    For some reason during this election, the Republican party has not courted blacks or latinos which is a big mistake. That is one thing that Bush did right.

    October 12, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  21. BM

    People all over the world knows how much racism there is in this country and it is sad. This is why we will never be respected because we are our own worst enemy.

    October 12, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  22. Preventative Medicine is Cheaper

    Ohio, your interests is in the economy.

    The economy is an afterthought to Senator McCain .... war, immersing himself in military operations are his FIRST and ONLY LOVE.

    This economic crisis will last a awhile and the country does not need someone who only CASUALLY and only in REACTION says something about pocketbook issues.

    Even if our top concern was foriegn policy ... the respect that folks give McCain due to his POW status of 40 years ago means little with regards to John McCain's EXPERTISE as Commander in Chief.

    Vote for the Obama ... he and his team will PROACTIVELY analyze the economic situation and take pre-emptive action. This will prevent and shorten our future pain.

    October 12, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  23. MW

    Please hire a moderately competent statistician. The random sampling error for your straight average of four polls is (1/4) times the square root of the sum of the square of the individual sampling errors. Not zero! Probably about 2%. A one point shift isn't close to statistically significant. Furthermore there are other pollster-induced errors. Unless you are careful to use the same four polls on each round (you aren't) these induce additional changes. It's hard to believe that a big organization like CNN can't handle statistics at the level of a first intro course, much less with any real depth.

    October 12, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  24. J. Rowland

    I am appalled at the Acorn situation ... where is the Justice Department? The Obama campaign has donated $800,000 to Acorn. Why is this allowed to continue; it's a disgrace and is disgusting. We surely won't have a fair election if this continues, and it's pitiful that a candidate would allow an organization that he is affiliated with continue to function. This is so dishonest; how can anyone vote for Obama knowing that he is connected with Acorn?

    October 12, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  25. giz

    shawn – michigan I agree with you.

    I'm independent and vote democrat on national election. Locally I vote mixed depending on the issue or their platform. I was blaming GOPs for our economic crisis and the current administration for spending too much. How I wished we had those times during the clinton days, yes I know many hate him, but he balanced the budget (how many US president were able to balanced the budget? I read only 2 (just correct me if I'm wrong) and one of the US president is Bill Clinton) were we have trillion dollar surplus.

    Anyway back to the economic crisis, I saw CSPAN videos (some videos dated back 2001) at youtube and found out that the DEMOCRATS ARE TO BLAME FOR THE MORTGAGE CRISIS. Republicans want to have these lending institutions investigated for their dangerous practices but the democrats said they find nothing wrong with it. The dems said people who cannot afford to buy a house are now able to buy a house. So big question is , WHY WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEBODY A LOAN FOR $300k HOUSE WHEN THEY CAN ONLY AFFORD to PAY $100k HOUSE? Turns out these democrats received money (I'm not sure if directly or indirectly) from these lending intitutions.
    I did NOT vote for the current administration twice but we cannot just blame the current administartion for the economic crisis.

    October 12, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
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