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. Georgie from Ohio

    That's ACORN Not ACOZRn – SORRY!

    October 12, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  2. rose.gray

    America wake up and vote MCCAIN before it's too late. The biggest mistake you can make is voting in obama it will make the storms we've had this year look like a breeze.

    October 12, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  3. az independent

    Newsweek--"Looking forward to Afghanistan, are you going to take a lot of what we learned here and make changes there?"

    Gen Petraeus--
    Well, I think it would be premature to make that kind of statement. In fact, the big lesson I think you take away from any experience like this is how unique each situation is. Now, it does happen that I was just over in Afghanistan for two and a half days … this last week. And there clearly are significant challenges by no means all of which can be solved within Afghanistan; the extremism that emanates from the [Pakistani] border areas is a very serious threat, and it appears to be a growing threat.

    We would never have entered Iraq if Petraeus was in command in 2003.....we would have saved lots of lives and billions of dollars

    The biggest question I ask myself when choosing a president this year.....If we gave bush/mccain 7 years to catch one terrorist living in a cave, why would I give them 4 more years?

    October 12, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  4. Anthony

    I am from NY. I believe that the polls sell the people of Ohio's intelligence very short. It is hard to believe that 45% of the electorate would back John Mc Cain on election day. I don't care what race Obama is. Clearly Obama's tax plan and will to create the jobs needed in state's like Ohio will be on the minds of voters on Nov. 4th. I forsee a 7-10% win for Obama. Bush was a mistake for Ohio and the USA. Don't set us up for four more years!

    October 12, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  5. Beryl

    I hope the Ohio citizens ignore the McCain/Palin fear-mongering rhetoric and vote in the best interest of this country.

    We need to be unified to get through these tough economic times. Obama/Biden will unify us while McPalin will pulling us apart. If Palin is allowed in the WH, she will take control very quickly and we will need Martial Law to keep order.

    A broken nation is not what we want to leave our children.

    October 12, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  6. joey

    frank wrote: " October 12th, 2008 7:26 pm ET

    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

    IMHO, it is essential that the people who run the US government be lying, two-faced, cold blooded , unethical, power mongers with a killer instinct.
    Why? because that's what's needed to go head to head with Putin. obama is too naive for the job

    October 12, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  7. Happy in Arizona

    If Pennysylvania wants more jobs, more tax cuts, more and better education for children, then vote for Obama. If you want more of the same, pay more taxes for McCain's buying of all bad mortgages, then by all means vote for the erratic McCain/Palin. She lies, she abuses her power as Governor, and will abuse the rights of Americans. He is negative and lies regarding the Obama campaign and even Cindy has lied and exagerated the funding of our troups. We don't need more of the same..

    October 12, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  8. Ohio Rep.

    I really think in order to vote, people should have to take an IQ test. What do you think Obama is really going to do for you??? I don't care what color you are, he is grossly underqualified, and it disgusts to see people jumping on his bandwagon. Go ahead and believe the Media and Hollywood celebs, apparently you're not smart enough to think for yourself.

    October 12, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  9. Fab

    Let me reminder you all that we had 2 yale graduates as Presidents. Clinton who was impeached and give us 9/11 and Bush who gave us Iraq. So maybe simple, humble and no interest president such as McCain, by the way I'm a democrats and French, may be the right choice. They are all lying to get elected so we should look of what they did in the past and if you do that then no doubt McCain should be elected. We have no idea what Obama stand for or did he remind me of Carter. We sure know the end of that movies. People we are in big trouble, 2 wars, great depression who took a Democrats Presidents 20 years to get out of it. Obama just wants to be elected, McCain wants to do good for us as he has nothing to loose. So be smart don't follow the liberal media but the truth.

    October 12, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  10. Kia

    Oh comeon Ohioians....you cannot seriously plan on re-electing another GOP member that wants to give us 4 more years of "W"?! While not completely surprising, it is pretty strange.

    October 12, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  11. the Head

    Lots of the battleground states are closer than the polling indicates!
    Fact is, a lot of people "clinging to their guns and religion" are also working people who aren't being polled. We don't have time to answer polling questions and we will vote for who we want...not who the mdia tells us or sells us!

    October 12, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  12. Andrew Abernathy

    Someone put it very well; we need change. We've had "Dubya" for 8 years, and it is time for change. However, do we want to elect another politician with absolutely no experience that really has no business in the Oval office. In 2000, the nation got a man with no experience and look where that landed us. This time, let's get it right and vote for McCain, and not for the George Bush of the Democratic Party.

    October 12, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  13. Lee

    I think that america really needs to take a long hard look at Obama. I believe that he will promise to do many great things to get elected and once elected you will see a different story. From the research I have done on the man I think he is an anti american and is as dirty as politicians come. As far as the race card is concern I think that it should not even be part of the equation because even Marin Luther King Jr said not to judge a person by his skin color but to judge a person by his character and Obama has a shady character.

    October 12, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  14. AMAforObama

    Black Americans have voted for white candidates forever, we just try to decided who will come close to hearing our voices. Obama is half white and was raised white, has lived in a white world, but all some people see is his tinted skin – sad. Change????????????

    October 12, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  15. David

    Good, let Palin speak in Ohio. The gap will widen further again.

    October 12, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  16. Jim Smith

    What concerns me are voters who will vote for McCain based on his military record, length of time spent in politics, or stance on insignificant issues like gun laws. Please be more responsible and decide based on who you think can do a better job of taking steps to solve the economic problems and restore our reputation in the world.

    October 12, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  17. Andrea Raft

    Why is it that no one has sited the connection to Mrs. Walter Annenberg
    and William Ayres. Did Ayres not work with the Annenberg foundation
    and itsn't true that Annenberg is a Republican supporting John McCain.
    What's the deal, why is Obama being punished for his working on a
    charity project and not McCain for taking money and support from
    someone who also works with Ayres.? Any thing here?
    Thank you,
    Andrea Raft

    October 12, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  18. Bev

    This is unfair. I've posted 4 messages since 6pm and none of them were approved. Since then there have been 27 messages added.

    October 12, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  19. Angie, Arizona

    Ah, Ohio – the Deep South of the NorthEast. I guess all those hate filled rallies are really encoAh, Ohio – the Deep South of the NorthEast. I guess all those hate filled rallies are really encouraging the crazies to get out and vote..

    October 12, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  20. Alec - Barbados (Caribbean Paradise)

    To NICK SHAW and his ilk: How can you extrapolate from a poll which says "97% of black Americans were voting for Senaor Obama" that race may be an issue with black or white Americans? I'll ask you this question and will leave you, like Socrates would, to search your soul and find the answer: "If Hillary Clinton had been the candidate for the Democratic party for whom do you think those 97% black voters would cast their votes?" May God bless and enlighten you.

    October 12, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  21. truth please

    Family Values Hmmmm! Scared of Rev. Wright, but shout out at a rally to kill Obama is okay? I never heard Rev. Wright talk about killing anyone.

    What kind of family value is it to bring your children to an event where people are screaming and yelling racist rants. Hmmmm!

    Wow, hatred of another human being is a family value. How about that!

    October 12, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  22. petena

    To those of you undecided: Excerpt from a British article: " But what does that say about today's America , that the world's esteem is now unwanted? If Americans reject Obama, they will be sending the clearest possible message to the rest of us – and, make no mistake, we shall hear it.' We can enumerate why we don't like McCain. Can you do the same for Obama? This is American and we will be respected once again only if Obama is elected.

    October 12, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  23. henry

    Some old foggies would rather loose their homes ,401k's, cars, wives and their teeth, than vote for someone of a different color. This has been a racist country and nothing will change, until people of color become the majority, thats what scares them, its coming and you cant stop it.

    October 12, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  24. AussieGem

    How in the heck can this race be so close here in Ohio? I am telling you people, my neighbors here all have McSame/Failin' signs in their yards.
    I am scared because inanity is all around me. Somebody has to pick up the slack for these people who can't be bothered by facts. If the Repugs win, I am going directly into therapy.

    October 12, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  25. supporter

    McCain is just a follower he takes all of Obama's ideas and tries to make them his own Palin is dangerous she is guilty of abuse of powerf and she will use the VP office to gain more power. STOP THIS POWER GRAB.

    October 12, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
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