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.

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  1. Independent white female patriotic voter

    The people of our great country know what is at stake and wouldn't throw all of us under the bus by listening to all the partisan, dirty politics, digussting tactics of fear and negative ads. Obama offers us bi partisan, intelligent, high road and respect in politics. He offers us a way out of the crisis we are facing with our economy and by the way, he is the one who offers more tax cuts to "Joe the plumber". Please PA, FL, and IN please, make sure you vote Obama. We need his help right now!

    November 1, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  2. John

    I can't believe there are still some people voting for Mccain/Palin after what republican has taken us through. Mccain is now a maverick because his party failed us and put us into this mess. Why did he not run as an independent. I keep wondering whether the people voting for McCain are part of us and know what is going on. If Rebublican win the election then US may be for sale.

    November 1, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  3. Joy Remson-Johnson

    GET OUT AND VOTE FOR OBAMA. I too would as Mary did like to comment on nuclear power, because I find it insulting that McCain degrades the idea that Americans want safe use of nuclear power. He refers to the push for safe nuclear power plants as some liberal enviromentalist wacked out idea, well lets build a nuclear power plant right next to one of McCain's homes, the one that his children reside in and lets see if he is okay with building a nuclear plant without making sure that it is done in the most safe way as possible. We have a history of nuclear plants that have destroyed land, water, and led to health problems among the residents who lived in proximity to the plants, ONLY SOMEONE WHO TRUELY CARED ABOUT THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY WOULD PUT THEIR SAFETY ABOVE FINDING AWAY TO FEED OUR NEED TO OVERCONSUME.

    November 1, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  4. gEnie

    It's not time to relax so, please get out and vote Senator Obama for President he's our hope for channge in our Country.

    November 1, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  5. IF, Portugal

    It is a pity if McCain wins... he comes out as an angry old man and his pick as VP is a nitwit. Unfortunately if McCain wins she'll be a powerful nitwit, possibly she may even become a president and then... may God protect us all.

    I thought Bush had been a stutter in americans thinking. I was not so sure the second time he was elected.

    This time I'm scared in spite of a whole ocean between me and the USA as I was not even in Bush's time. Palin would probably be harmless in Alaska (after all most species are already endangered there). But let her lose on the world and the USA's credibility will really go down the drain.

    The McCain/ Palin campaign hammers right and left wiithout any regard for truth. Her supporters seem to mindlessly repeat what McCain and Palin say with the same blind disregard and their level of viciousness is alarming. If McCain/ Palin win, internation leaders will have to deal with them but they will have at the back of their minds how they conducted this campaign. No honour, no truth. But I guess the USA doesn't really care much about the world's opinion.

    November 1, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  6. The Dutchman

    Prediction on electoral votes: Obama -400; McCain 138.
    A landslide!!!!!!!!!!!
    By Wednesday the USA will all be blue, due to 40+ states colored in blue and the rest of the states singing the blues!!

    Everyone who is going to "BARAK the vote for THAT ONE named OBAMA", please vote before Tuesday!! Even if you have to stand in line for hours. Vote for freedom and equality. Vote early and don't let right wingnuts suppress your vote.

    November 1, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  7. NCGirl03

    Who cares about the polls. Just go vote.

    For you McCain/Palin supporters who are asking "if the race is Obama why are you telling people to vote".

    Obama/Biden supporters need more votes to counteract all the tricks, lies, gimmicks and unethical behavior.

    If you can't win in a clean honest fight, is it really worth winning?

    November 1, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  8. Betty, Virginia

    Isn't that a wider margin than Obama is behind in Arizona? how about Georgia? N. Dakota?

    Eight is Enough – I hope we elect President Obama with a landslide. Show his grandma Toot how much he's loved!

    November 1, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  9. T FROM AZ

    I live in Phoenix. And KNOW allllll about Mr. Mc Same-Pal. He hasnt done a DAM thing for us here. He is too busy trying to get into the white house. Like we are not that important. And Cindy, aka Plas-ticka Face of Stone is just an extension of Him. Vote Obama/Biden Arizonan's, WE KNOW.... and for it to be so close here, makes ya wonder huh? I cant waint till Tuesday!!! I dont care HOW long that dang line is, i will be there to cast my vote for THAT ONE

    November 1, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  10. FactCheck

    This would be news if it were 2-3 weeks ago. An 8 point lead with less than 3 days to go is game over.

    November 1, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  11. mitch

    so? mccain is well ahead in!

    November 1, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  12. Matt

    Does anyone take in to account that polls are done by home phone? Anyone under 35 probably has a cell phone... some that's their only phone. Oh... it just so happens that most people under 35 are democrats. I'm thinking that there are a ton of people that aren't being reached and really there's going to be a landslide on Tuesday.

    That One 08'

    November 1, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  13. Not Joe!

    McCain uses his own polls to tell us that he is getting close to winning, how strange!

    November 1, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  14. linda from South Dakota

    theres plent of dirt on mccain,, do your research and find out,,, mccain/military,,,mccain/ com,, type in what you want behind mccains name and read!!!!!!! its very interesting on how his fellow pow's tell the story abouut how he really was,,,,,, obama/biden,08 and 12

    November 1, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  15. Josh

    There has been a broad barrage of disinformation by the GOP. Many in PA believe that Obama represents a threat to their religion ("Muslims and Sharia laws are coming'), "we will soon be a commi state", "when have the blacks proven to be good administrators" etc etc.. Repeat the lies for sufficient number of time, some might take it them to be true!

    It is seen that all the the McCain camps do is to poisoning this nation at a time we have to be united to face the enormous challenges head.

    November 1, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  16. McCain- A patriot

    I am a PA voter, and like many of my PA friends would never even think of voting for spread the wealth OBAMA. It's just that.

    November 1, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  17. Fedupin PA

    I can't wait for this election to be over so the old guy can go back to taking turns visiting his 13 homes and driving his many cars and dumbo can go back to Alaska and take her family on vacation and charge it to Alaska. They can talk and lie about Obama all they want but he is the only one who is running an organized campaign and not having to use citizens to come up on stage and campaign for them oh thats right unlicensed Joe the Plumber never showed. How funny!!!

    November 1, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  18. Foreigner from Asia

    Dear Americans. if McCain wins, and God forbid dies in office, President Palin takes office. Suddenly China and Russia decide to invade Taiwan and Georgia respectively. At the same time hostility amongst the Arabs increases towards Israel. And, a red alert on terrorist attack on US soil. Finally, the Dow plunge 20% a single day due to all the above. I wonder what would President Palin do. Go figure....

    November 1, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  19. bdp

    I didn't know we had so many Socialists in this country, nor did I realize so many of you would want the government to seize control of your 401k and stick it into social security...Open your eyes people...McKain may not be your ideal choice, but at least he isn't going to take your guns and retirement away...

    November 1, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  20. NYC-Am. Citizen-Canberra, AU-Go Carlton

    G'day from Australia, I thought you people would be interested to know that in a poll conducted here it's Obama by 76% to 13% for McCain. I previously lived in Florida and felt this time I really needed to exercise my right (and Privilege,too) TO VOTE all the way from OZ. So, if I can do it i know you lot can too. We live in one world, on one planet. So many people are hoping and praying that America will take the opportunity to show it is recognising it's complete heritage by electing a man as gifted as Barack Obama. If you haven't seen it take 10 minutes to watch the Colin Powell endorsement. It is thoughtful and heartfelt. It was on MSNBC with Tom Brokaw. Well worth a watch for all you thoughtful undecided voters. GO OBAMA/BIDEN "08.

    November 1, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  21. Steve Fought

    I have a feeling that the Hoosier State is going for Obama.

    The Republicans have done too much damage to the economy in places like Terre Haute and Anderson.

    People who used to vote Republican are going to vote with their pocketbooks this time.

    November 1, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  22. Veterans for McCain

    I cant believe the American people are willing to place Obama in this position of power, he comes with so much baggage, I fear for the Country I spent 21 years protecting.

    November 1, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  23. No Hillary = No Obama

    An Obama Presidency and a Democratic controlled Congress will infuse this country with more entitlement programs that people can scam, live off and expect more handouts. And if there is an Obama Presidency his pick of Secretary of Education will most likely have pie-in-the-sky expectations and policies and will prove ineffectual, just like the board he was on in Chicago that amounted to no significant changes. An elitist will introduce lofty goals. We need down-to-earth reality – we need concrete, not lawyer babble.

    November 1, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  24. Tanya

    I want to comment on the documentary you are doing tonight called McCain Revealed. It's a shame you tried to focus so much on his affair, his wife's prescription drug use, etc. It's a shame that you CNN are favoring Obama like every other broadcast. Mark my words, Obama will be the biggest mistake America has ever made. He is absolutely inexperienced and the Media has failed the American poeple in delivering the truth about the man. He is a liar and I am just waiting for him to show America for himself what a mistake he will be. Voting a liberal liar like Obama into the White House is just what this country needs to get back on track and it will be the wake up call for you the media and for all the dummies who listen to you. Wake Up America – you have been fooled by them all!!!!!! I can't wait for Obama the liar, socialist, and radical freak to bring this country into a Depression and I will blame you CNN. Thanks for not doing your job.

    November 1, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  25. dan

    Probably about 5-7% are in the "buzz" and will not admit to vote McCain when the meia, children and so on are Obamanized!

    November 1, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
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