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
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  1. Lisa

    Very misleading headline. What you are really saying is Obama has maintained a lead in a Republican strong hold.
    Obama/Biden 08

    October 12, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  2. David in Illinois

    If Ohioans are breaking in favor of McCain, Lord help that already economically depressed state. When will they ever learn? They're the ones to blame - electorally anyway - for another 4 years of George Bush. Are they really pleased with what they did to the country? So they're going to give us 4 more years of George Bush???
    I hope all Ohioans see that any chance of regaining economic prosperity does not rest with the McCain camp. It's with Obama and the Democrats. They should look back to the last Democratic administration, that of the beloved Bill Clinton, to see what Dems can do with the economy. Obama GETS IT!
    McCain is all about dividing the country, using mean-spirited campaign commercials to try to spread doubts about Obama's readiness to lead.
    I'm sorry, but to me, Obama is the steady hand at the tiller... not McCain. It's time for McCain to retire.

    October 12, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  3. O/B for Change

    Okay...looks to me like McCain gained nothing and Obama lost a single point.....and those polls were taken 10/3-10/8....that's a long time ago at this stage of the race! Tell Cindy not to pick out any drapes yet!

    October 12, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. Max

    Palin has sealed the deal for Obama presidency

    October 12, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  5. David in Illinois

    And let's not forget.... a BIPARTISAN panel of lawmakers in Alaska have determined that Sarah Palin "abused power" as governor. Is this the CHANGE we want... more corruption and old-time politics????

    October 12, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  6. Believe in Obama

    Common Ohio, we need all of your electrol votes. Think hard. I believe in Obama. He is going to bring good, positive changes to this country and to the state of Ohio.

    He might be green behind his ears but he is an honest, good christian man. I have faith in him, he is not a dirty politician as been suggested by the McCain Campaign. They have used all kinds of dirty tactics for the past few weeks just to get into the White House. He is not worried about u and I except for himself.

    George Bush had 0 experience but we gave him a chance for 8 years. Why can't we do the same for Obama......He is an intelligent, ethical man and we need to unite as one and work together to bring these positive changes. We can do, I know we can....

    McCain: He has not been honest with this election, it has been 2 weeks and he has not talked about the economic conditions, he has flip flopped with this asnwers, he has brought race and other false information into this election to steer voters, a potential VP who is not qualified at all...

    RACE should not be an issue in this election but it is thime we have an honest/intelligent man. Look at who can bring a positive changes to this country and that is Obama. Enough of 8 years Bush/McCain/Cheney/Palin

    Ohio, Indiana, Florida, North Carolina......all of your electorol votes count and we need each one of you. Open your eyes and ears...make the right decision otherwise, we are doomed for the next 4 years.

    October 12, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  7. Sue in MI

    Wait, in each of these polls, McCain has the exact same percentage, 46. How is he gaining?
    I also fail to understand all the people crying out "socialism" every time Barack's name is mentioned. What exactly is socialistic about wanting all Americans to be healthy? have an education? Be proud of their country again? Stop throwing trillions down the sewer we have made of Iraq? Running a campaign you can be proud of rather than inciting crowds to violence toward your opponent, whom you "respect?" If those tenets are socialism, maybe we could use a little more of that and a little less of "Me first." All I hear from McCain and Palin is mud-slinging...not one positive thing other than "I know how to fix it." If that is so, why HASN"T he fixed things in 26 years? If he is so good at crossing the aisle, why doesn't he? If he hates earmarks and will veto them, why did he vote for the bailout, loaded with Republican projects?
    McCain talks, but doesn't follow through. Palin reads hate speeches, and calls them "fair." That kind of fairness went out of the lower 48 about 50 years ago...maybe Alaska didn't get the memo? I cannot vote for two people who say "Country First" but mean, "Me and only me FIRST." Last time I checked, Obama and the Democrats were of this country too...you'd never know it listening to the Republicans, from their hate-filled convention until today. THAT is why McCain doesn't pick up points. He promised to run a clean campaign..HA!

    October 12, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. Bella from Florida

    I am a Democrat now voting for Mccain. I can not cast my vote for someone that has ties to Acorn. Rev. Wright and the list goes on. How can we trust Obama who has been in the Senate for only two years with our money if he has asked for almost a billion dollars in earmarks. We need someone who stops the spending not a spender in the White House.

    October 12, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. lorenzo

    the polls can never come close the knowing the force of the obama ground game. wait and see it on nov. 4th. you guys are going 2be shocked

    October 12, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. Kim, Dallas, TX

    As a former Ohio citizen, make me proud! Vote Obama! All of my family up north are voting Obama. As for the cell phone variable. It is an unknown at this point, but reality is, if it favors anyone it would be Obama. Should be an interesting day on November 4th.

    October 12, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. BJ in NC

    It stands to reason that when you call to poll a population of people in a certain section of the state, that you will get this number. But I am waiting on the last debate and then the election. That will be the most important "poll" of all. I have been called once in 18 months and that was by my party after I had volunteered to work on the campaign. So, this is not a true example of what is going on. Try to help McCain as you may, this is not a true example of what is going on on the ground.

    October 12, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. Sam, Muncie, Ind.

    First, this story is stupid. One point does not a story make, especially considering statistical calculation.

    Second, who cares what Ohio thinks anymore, anyway? Obama will win this race without that state of fools who voted FOR Bush and AGAINST their own interests the last two elections. It's stunning to consider those blue-collar folks would elect a man who ruined our economy and lost so many jobs. What a bunch of rubes.

    October 12, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. ready for change


    October 12, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  14. Now decided

    Race is keeping the race close in Ohio.

    October 12, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  15. elsie

    For those afraid of Socialism, what do you think Bush is doing right now? Better get your money out of the banks, quick. Keeps your children out of those government run schools. Never call the police or fire department. Keep off the highways. Don't even try to collect Social Security. Forget about Medicare or Medicaid. No Senor Citizen discount for you! Add by all means, STOP PAYING THOSE SOCIALISTIC INCOME TAXES.

    October 12, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  16. Soren

    It's all over for the old retiree looking for his Buick in the Wall-Mart
    parking lot!

    October 12, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  17. Susan SK

    Maybe Libertarian candidate Bob Barr can peel off a point or three in Ohio and elsewhere from conservatives who have had their fill of McCain-Palin.

    October 12, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  18. SF

    As an Obama campaign volunteer I have made many calls into the state of Ohio and I can honestly tell you that the people I am talking to are for Obama 4 out of 5............that should give all of you some clue as to who is really ahead in Ohio!!!

    OBAMA BIDEN 2008

    October 12, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  19. White woman of 63 for Obama from Day 1.

    If McCain wins in OHIO AND FLORIDA, Obama will lose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    OBAMA BIDEN 2008

    October 12, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  20. sandy

    I have way too much faith in the American people to believe they would put McCain and crazy in office. Not gonna happen! Ohio will definitely go dem. The negative stuff is not working for the Republicans. I am a white, 55 yr old, southern , Christian voter and I am supporting President Obama.

    October 12, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. Marci

    How does it feel...I remember the days of Bush where as if you did not support the invasion of Iraq or the war in Iraq you were told you were "unpatriotic"...this was wrong I am a patriot proud of my country yet I have never supported the war in Iraq.....now there is this thing that if you do not vote for Obama you are racist? What a bunch of junk...vote for the best man who you believe will lead this country to the best of his abilities without personal interests at play and will unite us again so we as a country can be strong. ONE nation under God...

    October 12, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. judy

    what, the poll changed by one point..that's not a significant gain..please cnn...

    obama/biden 2008

    October 12, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  23. DeVone

    but election day will tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth and that Barack Osama trick was not and is not funny,
    the american people realize the differance between voting the
    isues and not color (rick shaw) beleave me black folk will not
    trust Senator Obama if his heart was not in it .yes there will be
    a few but truth is spirit and black folk have spirit and we feel
    that Senator Obama is a little hope, NOT JESUS. SO
    ( rick shaw) lets vote the real isues lets get off of the color

    October 12, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. TucsonKK

    one point WOW

    Please keep trying to help influence our votes McInsane is a Liar and a Corrupt Bushy Sidekick.

    October 12, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  25. cindy

    If you look at the audience for McCain/Palin, it is predominantly older white folks, with the occasional 'token' person of color. In contrast, Obama's rallies reflect the diversity of Americans, transcending age, race, or creed. So refreshing. There is an energetic unity that is palpable in Obama's rallies. In stark contrast, McCain/Palin's rallies seem to exude a dark closed space, and they seem to enjoy fueling negativity and fear. yuck.

    If McCain has gained in Ohio, my guess is their fear strategy hit home with the less aware. So what. The majority of us do not fear change, we welcome it!

    Check out 'dailykos' for some video coverage of the ignorance and fear that McCain/palin attract and exploit.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 12, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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