November 1st, 2008
05:30 PM ET
10 years ago

More state polls: race tightens in PA; IN tied up

(CNN) – A CNN poll of polls released Saturday suggest the presidential race may be tightening in Pennsylvania — a state John McCain’s campaign has made a top target in the campaign’s closing days.

Sen. Barack Obama’s lead over Sen. John McCain in Pennsylvania stands at eight points, according to CNN’s latest poll of polls in the state. Fifty-one percent of likely voters in the state back Obama while 43 percent back McCain. Six percent are undecided. CNN’s previous Pennsylvania poll of polls, released October 30, showed Obama leading McCain by 11 percentage points – Obama had 53 percent support and McCain had 42 percent.

The race in Indiana is tied in CNN’s latest poll of polls in the historically Republican state. Both nominees have the support of 47 percent of likely voters in Indiana, with 6 percent are unsure about their choice for president. In CNN’s previous Indiana poll of polls, released October 30, McCain had a one-point advantage over Obama – 47 percent to 46 percent.

In Florida, Obama is ahead of McCain by four points. The Illinois senator garners support from 49 percent of likely voters in the state and 45 percent support the Arizona senator. Six percent of likely Florida voters are unsure about who should be the next president. In CNN’s October 31 Florida poll of polls, Obama was ahead of McCain by 3 points – 48 percent for Obama and 45 percent for McCain.

CNN’s latest Pennsylvania poll of polls consists of the following four surveys: ARG (October 29-31), Morning Call/Muhlenberg (October 27-31), NBC/Mason-Dixon (October 27-28), and Marist (October 26-27).

CNN’s latest Indiana poll of polls consists of the following three surveys: ARG (October 28-31), Indianapolis Star/WTHR (October 26-28), and Research 2000 (October 24-28).

CNN’s latest Florida poll of polls consists of the following: five surveys: ARG (October 29-31), CNN/Time/ORC (October 23-28), LATimes/Bloomberg (October 25-27), Suffolk (October 23-26), and Reuters/Zogby (October 23-26).

CNN’s state polls of polls do not have a sampling error.

soundoff (125 Responses)
  1. Obama/Biden 08'

    I really can' t wait for Nov 2. and just hope Obama wins
    If he wins I will be the happiest person in the world

    November 1, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  2. Dawn

    NOooooooooo PA....You were always BLUE..... Obama needs to come here PLEEEEEEESE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Obama/Biden08/12

    November 1, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  3. J in Ct

    Pa is key. All of those who signed up at the Obama web site to make calls to battleground state voters should continue to do so. In the words of the great philosopher, "It ain't over til its over." In other words we all must continue to work as hard as ever until the polls close on Tuesday.

    November 1, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  4. Billy

    "Tightens" to an 8 point lead.

    Keep feeding the country your "this race is so close" BS, CNN.

    November 1, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  5. j

    Obama supporters get out and VOTE as if your future depended on it!

    November 1, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  6. VETS4Obama

    Once again CNN are you trying to create drama and interest? Your headline claims PA is "tightening" and say nothing about FL opening! The race has been stagnant and basically the same for several weeks. There is no "movement" towards McBush!! Please call it like it is and stop the drama generation!

    November 1, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  7. Julie

    This state scares me....The Govenor asked Obama to come back and he did once. John McCain has been there a lot and it shows. Obama needs to get back there and make sure he has that state secured.
    Didn't he have a 13 point lead just a few days ago?

    November 1, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  8. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    I'm believing Indiana

    I think the PA one is just to keep CNN ratings up – ha ha ha ha ha

    November 1, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  9. VETS4Obama

    The greater story here is that IN is tied!!!

    November 1, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  10. will

    The poll may be tightening but Obama will still win. I liked when Obama said McCain likes Bush’s economic plans and McCain like Dick Cheney’s war plans because John McCain is the greatest of buddies with the both of them.

    November 1, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  11. Alisha In Fl

    The only thing that’s actually working for the McCain campaign is the daily inciting of rage, fear and hatred among the easily-led gomers lined up outside of Sarah Palin’s rallies. The truth is that politicians like Sarah Palin are merely manipulating, exploiting and inciting these people.And next Tuesday, we have a chance to seriously marginalize this darker, uglier side of America.we have a chance to tell the Sarah Palin’s of the world that there’s no room in American politics for fire-eaters who stoke archaic prejudices and fears rather than ameliorating them. We have a chance to tell them that not only doesn’t it work anymore, but that it actually exacerbates electoral failure.There are a lot of things to ridicule about Sarah Palin’s incomprehensible speaking style, her pathological dishonesty and her backwards, simplistic views on the issues. But it’s her politics of fear and division that must be wholly rejected on Tuesday because it’s too terrible to imagine waking up one week from today in an America that rewards the awfulness and fear which she and her subterranean allies require in order to politically exist.

    November 1, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  12. Jerry

    People for Obama get to the polls and vote like it depends on your life. Vote Obama

    November 1, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  13. Ms M L Beckham

    I am thrilled to see that in my state, AZ, the momentum remains high for Obama. This has to be a concern to the Republicans! It's about time they realize that they are NOT connecting to voters, especially young voters who may be voting for the first time. I am as excited to see the final numbers in AZ on 11/5 as I am to see Obama win the Presidency!

    November 1, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  14. Jim L.

    Eight points, if that really is the case, is a pretty solid lead at this point in the game. I hope the people of PA have taken note of Herr Cheney's endorsement of McCain. That should help seal the deal for Obama. Two days to go!

    November 1, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  15. read:

    I say dont believe cnn, they change their little titles every two hours telling us what the polls say..

    dont believe them


    i am still wondering who does CNN polls.

    most of the republicans, who are the only ones to put comments and hateful statements here..probably.
    cnn: bush mcpalin, rove , limbaugh,rove rove and henety

    shame on you cnn

    November 1, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  16. Texas Teacher

    I will be glad when it is all over. Even though I have voted, I cannot rest. We have to get out the vote. Phone calls, rides to the polls for those who have not voted. We cannot take anything for granted!!! Republicans have stolen elections in the past. They will try again. We have to come out in such numbers that there can be know doubt that we have elected Barack Obama!

    November 1, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  17. lovable liberal

    The important take-away from this story: Obama leads in Pennsylvania by Eight points, and McCain has to win Pennsylvania to win the election. It's over.

    November 1, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  18. Peter (CA) "tighten" the best adjective. It is closer but other polling sites say this little bit of a change really makes no significant difference.

    But, if it makes sure the Democrats come out and vote, then it's fine with me.

    November 1, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  19. Robert

    It is misleading to interpret these figures as reflecting that the race is tightening in PA. McCain has thrown everything he has into PA for the past week and has only moved from an 11 point deficit to an 8 point deficit. He is running out of time. It's not September or even October anymore. He's two touchdowns behind with less than two minutes on the clock. The more accurate way to interpret these figures is that they indicate McCain's PA strategy will not work in the end.

    November 1, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  20. nebraskadem

    I was worried there for a second. 8 points (Penn) is still healthy. Go Obama, go! We are rooting for you!

    P.S. Gallup shows widening in O's favor.

    November 1, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  21. Mary WA

    I want to comment on nuclear power-no place above to do so. In WA we have the Hanford Nuclear Site. It is 526 sq miles and has been a test site and currentlya dump and plant site It was part of the Manhatten project in the cold war. In 2006 Bush cut all funding for its clean up even though there is still radioactive waste going into the Columbia river (one of the largest river in the US). If we can not trust the government to clean up what we have, we should not be building more. AREVA (a French Co.) is building most of the plants in the US-they do not (as McCain professes) have a good record of not polluting.

    November 1, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  22. Sarah Palin the Alaskan Lobbyist

    Where are Sarah the successionist Alaskan Lobbyist medical records?

    November 1, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    out of all the attacking in the speech of Mr. McCain, the McCain-Keating scandla has been kept quiet. why is this not being discuss further. If they are going to spell the beans on everything on someone else, then it would only seem fair that the voters should not about
    about the McCain-Keating Scandal Quietly Emerges as Campaign …
    Sep 23, 2008 … John McCain’s role in the Keating savings & loan scandal of the 1980s appears to be quietly emerging as a campaign issue in the final …This subject has not been discussed in detail on cnn or Larry king Live.

    November 1, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  24. jessica

    If McCain and that vile vicious horrible woman win the white house i will be sick to my stomach. I CANT STAND HER. She does not and will not ever ever ever speak for me as a woman. Sorry, but we already have one idiot in the white house do we really need another?
    Please dear God let Obama win.

    November 1, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  25. Joe in Michigan

    I think something is wrong with the polling figures coming out of Texas. It sure looks like the polls are totally wrong. Everyone I have talked to in Texas says that the lines are long and 65 percent say they are voting for Obama. Why is this poll so wildly off?

    November 1, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
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