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. Joe the Troll

    "so much has been said regarding race and voting . It was mentioned that 97% of black Americans were voting for Senator Obama. This makes me wonder if race and voting is an issue not only with white Americans but black Americans as well."

    Considering the fact that Jackson, Sharpton, McKinney, Moseley-Braun, and Keyes never got anywhere near 97%, I'd say that's not very likely. It's the man they like.

    October 12, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. RLS

    Who knows what polls came up with this-I live in OH and OBAMA has gained a lot of ground here-No one I have spoke to is voting MC Cain-he shot himself in the foot by 1st bringing on Palin-and 2nd-his erratic-mudslinging campaign he's been carrying on, has hurt him here tremendously! OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    October 12, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. Doug Bostick

    I'm worried about housing cost, retirement, credit, jobs, so I want to vote for the canidate that has 134 days in the Senate before Tony rezko signed him up to run for u.s.president (oh did I mention Rezko is in Prison) now. lets see, votes present on Senate votes while the other Senators vote for or against? guess with all that experience he hasn't figured out the system yet? Hires Franklin Raines the x-boss at frannie Mae, that left them bankrupt, and took a $240m bonus, now he's bracks Chief Economic advisor? Lets see obama sent $800,000 to Acorn, being investigated by feds for voter fraud in 6 states? has a hate monger preacher that he hung out with for 20 years but didn't know he was a hate monger? hires Tim Howard and Jin Johnson top help run his trip to the W.H. oh yea forgot they just got released from Frannie Mae and Lehman bros. bankrupted them.. oh yea let me get in line for hussian for Pres. what actually is his experience?? no one knows just change, well your gonna get change, be careful what you wish for, people!!

    October 12, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. mary ca

    This poll is not real,,,,

    October 12, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. Andrea Norman, VA

    And how exactly is McCain gaining ground in Ohio? He's still behind...

    October 12, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. Ron from Baltimore


    The questionable headline, that McCain gains ground, reflects what his campaign has been about: Not to gain actual ground, but instead to drag Obama down. That's what the poll shows: a drop of one point for Obama, no change for McCain.

    Please be accurate next time.

    October 12, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. facts are facts

    Obama is ahead in the polls period. For it to be news that McCain is holding his own in a state isn't really very news worthy other than it would go against the rest of the states in the union.

    October 12, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. Raul Fernandes Sobrinho

    As a foreign observer, I hope Ohians can feeling the mood which is spreading America – at least, the most developed states – and all over the world surely, and vote for Obama.
    This history about Ayers is quite ridiculous. For a moment, almost all University of Illinois' teaching staff should have had any kind of contact with prof. Ayers. Give me a break
    As a man who studied all my life at Catholic high schools and at Catholic University in a Catholic country, I have no doubt Obama is the right man for Catholics in USA. The Catholic Church isn't only the Church of Benedict XVI – but the Church of John XXIII, Paul VI and Vatican II.

    October 12, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. torch

    I think people will wake up and ask themselves what the last eight years have brought this country as a whole. We are not better off, the American Dream is becoming just that a dream. Has anyone really asked themselves who in Washington works for the CITIZENS? I really don't believe either party does. Lobbyists and special interest groups that is who they cater too! As more and more Americans become casualties of this Administration and Cogress, the voters need to be heard LOUDLY. But wait, thats right we can't agree to disagree so no matter what party takes control we again lose and once again become casualties until the next cycle when these crooked people (of both parties) need us to vote for them so they may continue their cancerous policies that are destroying this Great Country! Is there not anyone out there that cares for us as a Nation?

    October 12, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. McCain/Palin = Shameful, hateful behaviour

    McCain offers nothing to black Americans. Not only that, but he and Palin have shown themselves to be less than leaders by inciting and encouraging the hate in their rallies. Oh, yeah, now McCain is trying to look like he's preventing it but his efforts are half-hearted at best.

    How dumb would you have to be to vote for a guy who looks very much like he's, if not racist, too tolerant of racists, if you were part of a group that racists hate? Of course they don't want him to lead the country. This is McCain's fault both for choosing Palin and for conducting a despicable campaign.

    October 12, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. Aaron from Ohio

    Ohio is essential for McCain to have any shot at all at the White House. Ohio has often been described as the buckle in the Bible belt. How is it that McCain is trailing here? The answer isn't simple. There are many factors to consider. Of course, the economy is #1. McCain's pick of Palin scares the moderates and independents. She doesn't play well here at all. The Klan atmosphere at his and Sarah's rallies are the icing on the cake for the rascist elements, but leaves a bitter taste in the mouths of everyone else. His debate performances have done nothing to show that he is more Presidential. Obama has that edge. Mccain's age is also a factor because we could very well wind up with Palin as the President. When it comes down to having a black man or Sarah as President, the choice is clear. Governor Palin is unacceptable.

    October 12, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  12. Patrick Democrat

    "Drill baby drill debunked in less than 60 seconds"

    ANWR contains less than 1% of world oil supply. This oil will not come online for at least a decade if we start developing it now. Since oil prices are calculated on a world wide basis, and since the contribution made by ANWR will be less than 1% of world production, than we can expect the change made in the price to be less than 1%. That's one penny on the dollar. In other words, the effect on gas prices from drilling in ANWR will not be felt for 10 years, and even then it will not be felt at all because the difference made in the price of gas WILL BE LESS THAN THE DAILY FLUCTUATIONS IN PRICE. In other words, it will not have any effect at all!! But then again, the oil companies will receive a lot of money for this project. It's just another way to give money to oil companies. McCain is in the pocket of the oil companies. It is plain to see.

    October 12, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. Ken, Republican Voting for Obama

    How would you call one percentage gain in a poll gaining ground.

    October 12, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    My home state of Ohio has been devastated by the Republican administration for 8 years. My late father worked in the steel mills until retirement, we were a family of 10 and were afforded the luxury of a new home, cars, education as were all our neighbors. We never had soup lines, job loss and unemployment. With the steel mills gone and the unemployment rate so high it saddens me when I visit home. I don't like what's happened to Ohioians who are all hard working honest people. Enough is enough.

    October 12, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. Forget Ohio

    Obama will win Florida and Colorada which means game is over, and I could not be more delighted.

    October 12, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. Obama Supporter

    Ohio is going to Obama... so many jobs lost, these polls are not accurate. I think Obama is much higher in Ohio + he is spending the next weeks mostly in Ohio. People there will wake up and on Election Day, Ohio is finally turning Blue along with Virginia, New Mexico and Nevada, enough for Obama to claim victory. If McCain wins, I am sorry but I am leaving this country forever! I will so sick to my stomach that I will be moving to Europe and build a bomb shelter there. At least he won't attack Europe any time soon.

    How can people support and vote for McCain?? Are you people that stupid? The most pathetic and sick campaign and people in the history of the elections (McCain/Palin) are not going to win!

    And we talk about race playing a part in the election... I am sorry hat ever happened to Sexism? I am sure many men don't want a woman in the white house that knows jack about the issues. And she is still arguing on abortion when she is against it. This is sad.

    So this is NOT gaining ground in Ohio CNN,this is simply a margin of error. If you call people with cell phones who are usually younger and make up most of the population you will see at least 10-15 point advantage to Obama!

    Obama/Biden 08/12... for the REAL CHANGE we need! Don't waste your votes on old grandpa who brings more of the same!

    October 12, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  17. SJC

    To Jerry Wynn

    I agree with most of your post except:

    "I can't believe that people are so blind. barack has no background in world politics, very little background in united states politics, and people are voting for him just based on the ideal of change. (Which was bill clitons whole campaign ideal). "

    I'd be willing to guess you voted for George Bush in 2000 who had much less experience than Al Gore. And unlike Obama, Bush showed no curiosity or ability to learn. So inexperience seems to be a selective outrage with most McCain supporters.

    Also Clinton may have been a moral slob and liar but we had the greatest eight years of peace and prosperity then. I think most people wish the last 8 years were half as good as the Clinton years!

    October 12, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. R.Nair

    So if the republicans win the election, will Todd Palin be the real "vice president" in the light of Brachflower report ?

    October 12, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  19. Concern in Ohio

    Well I live in Ohio and I have no confidence in the State of Ohio in this election. This state voted for Bush in two straight elections, so that should give you an idea of their "judgement." With that said, we have to work hard to make the outcome in Ohio irrelevant. Pennslvania is doing its part, lets see if Florida will be the state that goes for Obama and get this country back on the correct path.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 12, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  20. adele

    Gained. That's not true. Obama lost 1 point but McCain is still at 46 how how did he gain?

    October 12, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. Missouri Voter

    If Sarah Palin is going to Ohio, Sen Obama will pull back ahead again. It is shameful that this country has someone on a presidential ticket who has been found guilty of abusing gubernatorial power. We can do better, Americans!

    October 12, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. Vic

    Early voting is the way to go. The Democrats got this Republican vote already.

    Registered Republican voted Obama/Biden 08

    October 12, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. Anna

    Show me Obama's resume of accomplishment with RESULTS that matter and I will cast my vote his way.

    Cincinnati-Born, looking for the guy with RECORD of CHANGE

    October 12, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  24. Concern in Ohio

    Ohio has the sixth highest un-employment rate, factories are closing left and right (see DHL) and they still are glutants fro punishment. You think having Bush steal you contribution two elections in a row and then ship your jobs oversees would wake them up,...but the polls say otherwise!

    These people are asleep at the wheel!!!!!!!!!! Much like their co-heart G. W. Bush.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 12, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  25. lepetite

    Sad, anyone against Obama simply because they have this impression of him as a "socialist," "terrorist," Muslim," "Arab," is blatantly racist.

    Take note: Obama supporters are a stronghold of men AND women, college students (the educated KNOW better options), urban professionals, people of mixed ethnicity who come from different religious backgrounds. They are tolerant and open to new ideas. This is a collective shift of perspective and a fundamental change in how we see ourselves and how the world potentially sees us.

    Going back to McCain/Palin supporters, if they were to create their own country with their desired leaders.. guess what? They would have no schools because they lack education and have no interest in investing in affordable quality education, they would be over populated because they don't believe in contraceptives, they would have only ONE church because anyone NOT Christian is a heathen, they would have ONLY Walmarts and lipstick on pigs chanting "we don't want Muslims or Arabs" even though what they truly mean to say is keep America WHITE.

    Now which world would you want to live in? A world of prosperity and diversity, difference in opinion and dynamic energy = Obama/Biden.. or, *cough* a world of bland culture and fear/faith based reasoning??


    October 12, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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