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. tuff Col. Oh

    as an OHIOAN who has voted for OBAMA OHIO will go BLUE this year, NOT THIS TIME

    October 12, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. Phyllis/ PA

    Obama started making race an issue when he had Oprah become involved in his campaign. Obama continued to make race and issue by making false charges every time something non racial was said that could be twisted as being racial. (Bill Clinton suffered from this false charge.)

    Now Obama is accusing McCain as being racial! Does everyone forget that a daughter of McCain is Black!

    So much for comments made in a campaign.

    The real reason that this is a very important election is:

    This election will decide if America will continue to be a country based on Capitalism or become a country that changes to Socialism. (Acron, Ayers, Rev. Wright, Resko, Farrakahn, etc.)

    October 12, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. Klaus

    1 point is called statistical noise, but poor CNN, it's efforts to smear Obama aren't producing the 'horse race' it needs for ratings so instead it resorts to voodoo poll analysis. What a joke you all have become...

    October 12, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. Flex

    "We are the ones that we've been waiting for." "With new wind at our backs," we can change the world. "Yes We Can!" Barack Obama.

    October 12, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. melissa ohio

    ohio will be close, but obama will win!

    October 12, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. Hillary then McCain

    Of course!!!!!!, they may have taken all the dead voters, the cats & the dog’s voters out of Obama’s ballots. It's so sad that Obama has to be pushed to get elected. Every time he fall below Dems ordered the Clintons to go out and help. It's a shame Dems are power hungry they don't care about the Americans. They don't let us choose us President they’ll do whatever they can to get in the office even the dirty trick. McCain & Palin are on their own they don't have anybody to help them campaign and the race still a close race. That's mean they’re good.

    October 12, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. Amy

    Citizens of Ohio, please stay strong and vote against the politics of fear and division!

    October 12, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. Dave Florida for OBAMA

    Michigan voter:

    McCain quit on your state. He stopped all campaigning there Ohio is as tired of the Bush/McCain economy, deregulation, and trickle down economics like the rest of us are.

    McCain has no new ideas, no vision, no plans, for this struggling economy. On September 15th McCain said the economy is fundamentally sound. The McCain campaign wants to turn the page on the economy.

    October 12, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. Chris from STL

    Response to Nick Shaw –
    Historically, over 80% of Black Americans vote straight democrats. It doesn't matter whether the candidate is black of white.

    October 12, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. Mike

    Ohio suffers from the same terrible economy that we all do. A terrible economy caused by the De Regulation of the finance sector of which McCain is a champion of. Ohio will vote for Obama.

    October 12, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. Clinton/McCain

    Yes, Go McCain. This Democrat in PA will be voting for McCain.

    October 12, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. Dave G

    Obama doesn't need to win Ohio. If McCain loses any one of the following states: Colorado, Nevada, Missouri, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida or Ohio, then Obama wins.

    October 12, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. Joshua College Station Texas

    Yeah, it's because Obama is being a wuss about the economy. He is gliding on reputation and not sticking his neck out to make very many real proposals. Stop being a coward and quit coasting! Don't coast to victory! Americans want real solutions. You really haven't said much, Barack! You are only winning in that category because McCain's proposals are so terrible and misguided. But at least he is proposing ideas!

    And please don't forget about climate change. Don't give in to pressure that because demand is lower and gas is cheaper that it suddenly isn't important anymore. We have to take advantage now and revise our entire energy infrastructure before it is too late. If we take our eye off the ball just because gas prices drop, and are deluded to believe gas is abundant, we will get blindsided again, and again, and again every 2-4 years by the supply-demand cycle until there really is no more oil and the prices suddenly spike and continue to rise because there really is no more supply, no matter how much we conserve. And by then (10-30 years from now), the damage to the environment will be so irreparable, we will hate ourselves then for having been so selfish and shortsighted now. The world has to get off fossil fuels. No more coal, no more oil. There is no such thing as clean coal or clean gasoline or clean diesel. There are simply too many consumers and too much output for any of it to be "clean".

    October 12, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. Simmy

    Polls, Spoolls-It won't work! His mojo is gone. He selfishly chose a VP that is not qualified and who does not love this country. She and her husband promoted and may still promote secession from the US. She's wearing a mask-that's why she always has that fake smile. Those Atwater, Rove days are gone. It won't work this time. This is not Dukasis, Kerry, Gore. It's Obama's time, and God is on his side! Democrats will prevail! God Bless America-Land that I love!

    October 12, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. eric frank morrison

    how can he be gaining grounds if he is still trailing in the polls and not making any any impact,do you guys really want a person who is so thick and dumb like caribou barbie to be your veep,i swear amrica would be a laughing stock should the unthinkable happen,she would flirt with the world leaders as you saw her seductive winking in the veep debate,wise and vote about substance and issues.

    October 12, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  16. Hunter

    Look, me & my family cannot live another 4 years under the Republican policies. They have nearly killed us in the last 8 years with loss of thousands of jobs, increase of gas prices, thousands of people losing their homes daily, children getting left behind in school, increase in crime because people can no longer provide for their families, 10 billion dollars a month spent on the Iraq war (and for what?) when osama bin laden is still walking around laughing at us. Wake up America!!! Republicans get your priorities straight. Vote for McCain and the world will be the same, vote for Obama and there will be a change!! Obama/Biden 2008

    October 12, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  17. R. Squibbs

    Obama's 3-point lead is the result of one outlier poll that has McCain up by 2. All the other polls have Obama up by between 4 & 5. And all these polls were conducted before Obama's barnstorming of Ohio at the end of last week. We'll see him solidify a 6-point lead in the coming week, which will hold through election day.

    October 12, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  18. Owanemi Iyalla

    CNN your headline is very misleading. As far as I can see, Obama lost one point which pulled him down from 50% to 49%. McCain on the otherhand has gained nothing, still at 46% and there he will stay maybe he'll loose more points in time, but to say he is gaining ground there is false. I'm an engineering major and when we say gain we mean adding value to a system and not being stagnant.

    October 12, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Wake up Ohio! Neither McCain nor Palin belong in the White House! Think long and hard about your chance to rescue America from an angry and incompetent team.

    October 12, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  20. sandee in Portland

    What amazes me is that McCain can be gaining when his VP was just found guilty of abusing her power as Governor. Then, instead of just admitting, yes, she did (which I would respect her for), she continues to lie and says she did not abuse her power and did nothing illegal. It's correct that abuse of power is not illegal, but abuse of power is immoral. I, for one don't want someone in the position of the 2nd highest power in our land, that abuses power and cannot separate Church from State.

    October 12, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  21. Obama for me

    It is a blip.
    McCain/Pallin around with seperatists will go down is a landslide. She abused her power in Alaska and co-governed with her crazy husband. Please Americans, send these two back to their trailer park in Alaska.

    October 12, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  22. Ashley

    nick shaw....obviously you are new to this voting thing. So what if 97% of african american's are voting for obama. Its not a racial thing so don't try to make it so. African Americans account for 12% of the population and traditionally vote Democratic. Since 1988, the actual percentage has averaged to be about 75% percent for the Democratic party. So is not like African American's woke up and said, we are leaving the Republican party and now going to vote Democratic. If Hillary was the candidate, most likely it wouldn't as been high as 97% but she was going to get the lion share of the votes.

    And considering that until this year, most presidential nominees have been white....wouldn't you say that most white Americans tend to vote for white Americans?

    What are you new to the process? Stop trying to make this a black white thing. America needs help! At this point in history if Cookie Monster (Blue) or Barney (Purple) could do it, I would vote for them.

    October 12, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  23. TF

    Jerry Wynn,

    Your 401K is trash because of Bush allowing deregulation on Wallstreet. Deregulation breeds greed, and greed doesn't allow anyone to look out for anyone but themselves. Thank God we didn't let Bush put Social Security into the stock market like the stupid republicans wanted to. Everyone would be broke right now. So I hope you enjoy retirement at 90 you idiot.

    October 12, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  24. RoRo

    nick shaw,

    you have no point, black Americans are noted for voting for the democratic candidate irrespective of their race.

    Hopefully, we can say the same for white americans after Nov. 4th

    October 12, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  25. Time to move on

    OBAMA Please dont relax because people all across America want a steady leadership and trust in you to turn the economy around.
    obama/biden the people's choice 08

    October 12, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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