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. Jane

    Am I the only one who is sick and tired of the "RaceCard"? Obama supporters play this card every other week. It is getting so annoying that I think many may vote for McCain because they have become disgusted with the Obama camps' tactics.

    October 12, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. Joey Six Pack

    I'm voting Obama...all the way...CNN just wants to get our blood boiled. Its in their best interest to keep the race this close. More money in corporate pockets.

    October 12, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. adele

    Black Americans have always voted DEMOCRATIC. So its not because Obama is black why they're voting for him. Get you facts strait.

    October 12, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  4. Kathy

    More of the same if we elect McSame. We need new ideas, different attitudes. Please think rationally. Read some of the newspapers out of Alaska regarding Palin – they hope they got rid of her. She's coming back to them and possibly will be impeached or headed for a recall. Alaska knows her well – read the forums.

    October 12, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. can the people of OHIO get any more poor, get any more homeless, get less jobs available. Are these people as dumb as they seem

    In the last 8 years OHIO has voted republican and for the last 8 years you fools have got worst and worst and worst. I hope you McCain (republican) voters get what you deserve, another 4 years and everything getting worst and worst because it is obvious you are not getting the point.

    October 12, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. prairieguy

    The poll that counts is November 4th...Obama Victory!!!!!!!!

    October 12, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  7. Joe Dallas/Fort Worth

    It's not so hard to believe that McCain is gaining ground in a traditionally red state. What he needs to worry over, though, is the fact that he is still behind not only in Ohio, but nationally.

    October 12, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. Boomer1953

    The stat that indicatesd the GOP winner of Ohio wins the election does not apply this year.

    Even if McCain wins in Ohio, he must win every other toss-up state to beat Obama. He trails in 6 of 8 of those.

    I'm hearing today that Obama's recovery plan includes some "New Deal" components to rebuild infrastructure, rail, etc. That would put people back to work. Ohio can sure use that!

    October 12, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. Rob indetroit

    The people of the Buckeye state will wake up & MCsenile\MCpalin,
    will lose.

    October 12, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. Disgusted

    Someone should shoot Failin from a helicopter & collect the $150 bounty for her forearm...Yeah, let her keep killing out wildlife & taking rights from the Alaskan Indians.

    October 12, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. White Christian Mother for Obama

    I guess Ohio is wanting to keep losing their factories and jobs?? McCain aint gonna change the law to keep jobs in USA!! He likes it the way it is.

    So Where are there heads in Ohio??

    October 12, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. Scy

    Regardless of who you support, I have learned a LONG time ago to read the facts and not headlines or the report spin. Gaining ground? 1 point? Are you serious? Get back to us when it is outside the MOE.

    October 12, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. Carol - Tennessee

    This poll shows one thing – McCain hasn't lost any ground against Obama. Obama lost ground but NOT to McCain. He lost it to undecided. That is not exactly a plus for Obama, but the name of this article should NOT be that McCain gains ground unless it also uses the words 'by default'.

    October 12, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. james in s.c.

    go figure, there are a lot of neo-nazi's and kkk up north half of state of ohio. not to worry obama-biden will win landslide on nov.4th!!!

    peace y'all

    October 12, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. Concerned American

    Fear is a very powerful emotion, so powerful that oftentimes it overrides logic. McCain's campaign knows exactly what it's doing. They lash out at Obama harshly for a few days, calling him everything from a liar to a terrorist, then they quiet down, and allow all the hateful words they've said to linger in the back of everyone's minds.

    Pretty soon people are allowing their doubts to take over, and they start thinking irrationally. By the time November comes around, people are no longer using their brains to vote, they're using their emotions. To all the Democrats calling this a victory for Obama, don't underestimate the stupidity of the American people.

    October 12, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. H



    October 12, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. BK

    Matthew is right. I am curious how the fact that pollster's don't call cell phones will affect things.
    Obama supporters need to not slow down though, and most importantly everyone needs to get out and vote. No one that doesn't vote has any right to complain if a person they don't like wins.

    October 12, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. Bumfuzzled

    I have 2 cell phone lines and a land line. Not ONCE has anyone called either to ask me who I'm voting for! The only people I have spoken to who intend to vote Obama are young people who have been misguided, given gifts for their votes and who have registered multiple times because Obama reps asked them to. Obama is manipulating these polls, he manipulated the primary vote and hopefully it will stop before he steals this election.

    October 12, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. max (NY)

    I do not understand how McCain is gaining ground here based on the latest poll result when Mccain's number remains the same, 46% in all the polls. We simply see Obama who falls one point short from what he had previously and that one point he lost did not go to McCain to increase his number to 47% from 46%. It should only be said that something is affecting Obama's lead rather than McCain is gaining ground.Many factors may be responsible for this decline. One of them is that not the same people were interviewed in all the polls. Second, the interviewer race and/or his/her questionary format was dictatorial and unclear. Third, the latest fear spread by McCain about Obama brought some voters to hold on their choice now pending clarification of the matter. Cnn is doing more politics than the candidates are.

    October 12, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  20. macdoodle

    Most of all EEOC protected groups – regular Americans and small business will be VOTING the Constitution and OBAMA/Biden


    THE FAR RIGHT has hijacked the GOP.
    THE FAR RIGHT HAS wrapped their Anti All America for All agenda in a flag.
    They have used psychological technique of projection to cover they Are what they claim to be against..
    They want to regulale the bedroom instead of the boardroom for all.

    and, as matt said above,the primaries showed the polls aren't picking up most of the youth -cell phone vote.

    October 12, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  21. Dealt

    This race is about character, as McCain Said. Unfortunately for McCain, Obama is showuing stronger there. He's poised, and has something to say about what's really worrying people. Also, he's willing to listen to others and that's a strong point for him too. Let us say his fundamentals are solid and good. McCain's fundamentals? Well, I haven't a clue what they are.

    The famous Bradely effect may kick in at the end. But maybe Obama will be leading with enough points to offset that.

    The thoughjt that McCain may win is scary. It's not so much McCain, but that VP of HIS choice is a complete disaster. She's divisive and frankly not overly bright. She does her job well, if her job is going out and tearing and biting. But then she seems astonishingly proud of her "pitbull" and "barracuda" fame. All very well for a hockey team but... are those good characteristics for leading a country? Not anymore... the world has changed. It's about making solid friends or business parties, not about making solid enemies anymore.

    October 12, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. The Surly Scholar

    A one percent gain in a state poll isn't a tightening of the race. It's a statistical fluctuation.

    October 12, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  23. indy chris

    Didya see hockey mom getting booed at the hockey game? Priceless!

    October 12, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  24. Mrs. Texas Teacher

    I don't have a cell phone, but I now have an unlisted number. Maybe that is why I have not received a polling call? I don't trust the polls! This Republican Party is so big that it can make anything look the way they want it to look.

    Wake up, America. The Republican Party is run by big business! The Republican Party IS BIG BUSINESS! Everyone of them have very strong connections to big business! The McCain's ARE a big business.... Bud. Beer, if memory serves.

    I can't spell it because I don't drink it! Sorry, unlike Palin, I am not a six pack Joe!

    Bush is BIG OIL! Palin is Exxon. Cheney is Haliburton! Wake up, America, and smell the stench of a take over of our government by the wealthiest of our nation.... BIG BUSINESS!

    We MUST take back our government! It is time for We, the People to wake up and vote for OURSELVES!

    That is Obama/Biden!

    October 12, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  25. KJL

    Hopefully the good people in Ohio will do a little research before voting for McCain. Loyalty is a great quality, but not at the expense of sane government. Many of us have already made this difficult decision, and I hope they do, too.

    October 12, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
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