November 1st, 2008
05:30 PM ET
6 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. Ted:Canada

    Canada sends it’s DEEPEST SYMPATHY!

    Bush, Cheney, McCain, Palin and Cindy
    ALL ENDORCE EACH OTHER!
    Plus over 7,800 republican staffers still asleep at the switch in Washington!

    “FOUR MORE YEARS” of Republicans"

    Sincere CONDOLENCESS and heart felt SYMPATHY to
    the American people!

    November 1, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  2. Bobbie in Maryland

    I gotta say...My husband & I just returned from our sixth Saturday travelling to PA; & we have seen HUGE support & enthusiasm for the Obama/Biden ticket!!(Thank God!)
    PA Voters: We have gained unending respect for you (Yes, we talked to some "undecideds" early on!) ITS THE ECONOMY! Ask yourself again.....Am I better off than I was 4 or 8 years ago? Is my family?? I know you will join the rest of us in voting OBAMA/BIDEN on Nov. 4th!
    GOD BLESS!!

    November 1, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  3. MCSAIN AND CARABO BARBIE

    I WAS A HILLARY SUPPORTER WHO VOTED EARLY FOR OBAMA BECAUSE HE SHARES THE SAME VALUES.IF MCSAIN THINK THAT WE WOULD VOTE BECAUSE SHE IS A WOMAN PLEASE. SHE COULD NEVER COMPARE TO HILLARY. ONE OF MILLIONS OF HILLARY SUPPORTERS FOR OBAMA. WE CAN NOT TRUST MCSAIN AND CARABO. OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    November 1, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  4. Tanya

    I challenge a debate right now from any of you Obama supporters. Tell me how a man who has never ran a business, and who has never been in charge of anything will be able to handle this mess. Look at the facts, the Democrats run the house and senate and have for two years now. Obama is not the answer, just wait and see you all will be sorry when you find out you have made the biggest mistake this country has ever seen. I want to thank all the Obama fans in advance for the disaster this man will cause this – Awesome country!

    Palin has 5 times the experience of Obama – Obama has none – absolutley none. McCain is a plain Hero! I solute you McCain and Palin you are a woman of integrity don't listen to the sexist Democrats who wish the black were still slaves and woman were still trapped in the kitchen all day. They tried to hold us down then and they are still at it today. Democrats, your true colors are shining thru. After this election I am no longer an Independent but a proud Republican who thinks Democrats are pathetic.

    November 1, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  5. Independents for Obama/biden

    I KNOW ALOT OF INDEPENDENT VOTERS WHO ARE VOTING FOR OBAMA.

    DO NOT LISTEN TO CNN OR FOXNEWS THAT POLLS ARE TIGHTENING, THESE PEOPLE ARE DRAMATICS.

    INdependents for Obama/biden.

    November 1, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  6. pb

    I really don't think it's as close as they say. If you go to Gallup.com and take a look at their figures that are up to date from yesterday, and then take a look at all the categories like Race/Religion/Gender/Age/area of country, there are still pretty wide margins in most areas. If they are including the Zogby poll from yesterday, that only showed a 1% lead for O,,,that would really skew the polls. If Drudge is shouting about it, you have to know it's wrong. lol

    November 1, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  7. Anon

    If Obama wins we will find ourselves becoming the socialist or communist states of America. That is what we have fought for years, and it will be true at the end of his first 4 years.

    November 1, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  8. Tom

    CNN – making "news" out of nothing. A 1-point move in IN (meaningless), and an 8-point margin in PA described as "tight". COME ON!!!

    November 1, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  9. Dennis in Illinois

    Many of you who are writing about how Obama is going to save our country are not looking at the facts. He has changed his position to meet the perception he needs to win. He will be a terrible President. McCain is our best option and will be a great President. Sarah Palin is not a vile women as many of you have made her out to be. She is a hard working person that has accomplished great things in her short term as Governer. If I was worried about anyone it would be loose lips BIden. He is a decent man but boy can he mess up on the campaign trail.

    McCain/Palin 08!

    November 1, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  10. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    The way Obama is running his campaign is the new gold standard for campaigns to run in the future. No need for the likes of Failin, wild smears, dirty tricks, gimmicks or anything like what the McShameless/Failin ticket are doing now.

    No wonder Obama is going into "Safe " for McSame states snd turning RED states, first pink, then hopefully BLUE, thus diminishing McFailin's lead!!! Cheaters never prosper

    A blue wind is changing the map, and the wind cries...HOPE!!!

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    November 1, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  11. John

    The American majority understands that McCain is a second string choice, even when his poodle wife pays his way...until he looses the campaign, and his senate seat paid for by his second wife's family. Read McCains bio...what a creep.

    November 1, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  12. John, NC

    Don't forget that there is a silent majority out there.

    November 1, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  13. sue

    methinks CNN is not being truthful about its poll of polls. CNN's claim of tightening of the polls is purely for its ratings and nothing else. but anyways, americans have been given the same meal for the past eight years and it's time to change your menu, don't you think so? anyone with a brain will agree that the mccain/palin ticket is a joke and disaster for the country and the world.

    November 1, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  14. Danny Asuo

    McCain will surely take Pensynania no matter what the polls say: Pensylvanians have been demeaned and demonized by Democrats, they've been called "racist and rednecks" they can not openly protest these underhanded accusations, the only vengeance of the silent majority is to come out and trounce Obama and his Democrats.

    November 1, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  15. Hard Working American for McCain

    The end is near Obama. You and the rest of your crooked friends can get back to what ever it is you do in Chicago. Your road is ending!!!!!!!

    November 1, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  16. Susan in NC

    Folks, please don't fall for the Republican "shock and awe" campaign again. Today, I've received six robocalls and a mail box full of really disgusting, untrue, and hateful mail from the Republican National Committee and from Sen. Elizabeth Dole – "swift boating" at its finest and I, for one, have had enough. Not this time! Not again! This hate-filled divisiveness is so ugly and so horrible - how can anyone support such language and such behavior?

    No Way, No How, No McCain, No Palin, and No Dole!

    Obama/Biden for the UNITED States of America!

    November 1, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  17. maynard hopkins wi

    JUST WAIT YOU WILL SEE HOW THE EDUCATED AMERICANS VOTE THEY WILL VOTE FOR THE PERSON WHO TELLS THE TRUTH AND DOES NOT OMIT THINGS WHILE CAMPAIGNING

    November 1, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  18. beth

    Look at the polls on fivethirtyeight.com, the lead in PA is much larger.

    November 1, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  19. Lisa

    Early voting was a success. I can't wait to see what happens on Nov 4 with the Obama ground game in NC,FL,PA, VA, CO, NM, NV, and GA.

    November 1, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  20. Cheryl

    Why does CNN keep trying to make this race "close"!! Don't you have enough advertising dollars? The only people that believe this crap are you and the McStupid/Painful ticket!!

    November 1, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  21. Mary

    The Phillies win the world series. Many city-dwellers out on the town celebrating. Polls appear to dip a bit on that night. Coincidence?

    November 1, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  22. Bradley

    Do you know what is going on here?
    The "truth" is out on Barack Obama.
    By the way, when you are born into a Muslim family,
    you are one too. Read the Koran, you will learn about
    this faith and I know, Obama know this fact. So, who is
    really not being honest to the American people. Do not
    fear your faith. Be honest with yourself. This will earn the
    respect you yearn to have in understanding yourself.
    You simple have too many "friends" who are just beyond reality.
    We will vote for McCain and Palin on Nov. 4th.
    Sorry to disappoint you but America does not work your way.
    We are not left nor right, we just want our own lives safe from
    mad world that forgets what we have done for them in the last 100 years. America is the last place we can live in freedom and safety.

    The more the media has these bias views, the more we will support what we know is right for us and our futures. The silent majority will
    speak to you all, so you will understand that we are not a socialist
    society. Give me a break!

    November 1, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  23. Sherri in Indiana

    I got a call on the phone the other night asking who I was voting for ... I said Obama .. they asked if I could change my mind and I said no way!!! Obama all the way on Tuesday.. Ive talked to alot of my family and they are voting Obama too. Im hoping for a blue Indiana this year!!

    November 1, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  24. scot79

    I've been going back over all of statements made in interviews and speeches by Sarah Palin. I don't see how anyone can support that dim wit. She is an idiot that has no place in our federal government. People in her home town of Wasilla don't care much for her and the main newspaper in Anchorage (the capital of Alaska) says it would be "very risky" to have her in the white house.

    I pray every night that Obama and Biden will win by a landslide.

    November 1, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  25. INDEPENDANT VET

    hURRY UP BUY SOME MORE VOTES.

    PHONE THEM IN, HAULEM IN FROM WHERE EVER. ACORN HAS THE MONEY . FOREIGN MONEY $33.8 MILLION. NOW THAT SHOULD GET THEM OVER THE , THE CAMELLS HUMP.

    November 1, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
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