Ohio Poll: Obama 49%, Romney 47%
October 26th, 2012
01:36 PM ET
5 years ago

Ohio Poll: Obama 49%, Romney 47%

(CNN) - A new poll taken after the final presidential debate indicates President Barack Obama has a slight edge over Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Ohio.

Forty-nine percent of likely voters in the state back Obama, compared to 47% who support Romney, according to the American Research Group survey released Friday.

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The margin falls well within the sampling error, meaning the race is statistically tied in the Buckeye State, a crucial battleground in the 2012 presidential race.

Also in the poll, one percent of respondents said they prefer another candidate, while three percent said they are undecided.

ARG surveyed 600 likely voters in Ohio between October 23 and October 25. The poll has a sampling error of plus or minus eight percentage points.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Ohio • Polls • President Obama
soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. Theresa

    The margin of error is so great in this poll but there is one constant,,, Obama is still in the lead.

    October 26, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. lerianis

    People, the choice is simple: Vote Romney if you want us to go back to the 1800's in terms of living conditions. Vote Obama if you want to stay in the 21st century and keep on having things improve. Enough said.

    October 26, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Two sides of the Same coin

    My name says it all

    October 26, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. j chavira

    I stand for barack obama i pray he will win nov 6 2012

    October 26, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. romneyhasmyvote

    Im so tired of all these lazy looney libs.. ohio.. make the right choice, obama is NOT it. freebies for everyone who doesnt work for themselves with my money.. yay.

    October 26, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The poll has a sampling error of plus or minus eight percentage points."

    Very little left to say about this particular poll.

    October 26, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. Jack

    I wonder if, in this time in America, polls, whether your candidate is up or down, are relevant or accurate. I know many people, for instance, who don't have landline phones. More and more people are using cell phones, smartphones etc. These polls are conducted over landlines and I wonder which Americans they are reaching. They're certainly missing a lot of people I see and know. Just a thought.

    October 26, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. Two sides of the Same coin

    The president is diff. than alot of countries as he is just a figure head... Congress has the power, people are fighting over two 1% Americans that do not and will not understand middle class. This is coming from a Republican who still is undecided and looking at the lesser of two evils...

    October 26, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. Philip


    October 26, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. Mike

    Here is the sound of Romney's clock in his house: flip, flop, flip flop, flip flop.

    Thankfully President Obama trounced Romney in the last debate and has a superior ground game in Ohio.

    Obama 2012

    October 26, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. plain&simple

    The eyes of the world are on Ohio. Is this what our founding fathers had in mind when an electoral collage was conceived? It matters a whole lot what voters think and how they vote even in the small towns in middle America.....no one is insignificant!!! Gotta love this country. How this state votes determines the future of the world....no pressure!!!

    October 26, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. Critical Thinking

    Ohio and their 18 electorial votes will go to the next President of the United States, Mitt Romney.

    The on the job training experiment is now over, please return to Chicago.

    It's time : BO MUST GO !

    October 26, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. 47%

    i cant wate untill this is over, i am for obama all the way

    October 26, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  14. Rick

    Obamas politics are not clear. He changes his stance like the wind. Even a deer could sniff him out. We need real energy now, and we have it. It will take another 20 years to develop solar and wind to be sustainable in this economy. We the People want to live today, feed the children, and also invest in tomorrow! This is a real sad economy when woman have to be the breadwinners and their husbands can not find meaningful work.

    October 26, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  15. name2

    This poll was taken right after FIRST debate. It doesn't have all the momentum gain Romney has made since. Several other RECENT poll show OH tied or tipping Romney.
    Just posting of this poll at this time proves the blatant liberal bias in the media. SAD

    October 26, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  16. JC

    Rommey will never have the preparation and the degree to solve our problems, let Obama finish his work for 4 more years and then if he doesn't do it too bad, but i think 4 years will never be enough to fix the mess that he inherited when he took office, so people don't go back to mess and keep having faith in this president, we know that he hasn't give us what he promised but it hasn't been what he was thinking before he took office.

    October 26, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  17. Mark

    It's interesting that OHIO would vote for a guy who would have taken their jobs from them. A guy who told the auto industry to go bankrupt. Romney got $15 million dollars from Delphi parts closing down. Romney makes tens of millions by companies falling. He even stole the pensions of the companies that closed. And you want him as President. WAKE UP OHIO. And the Repubicans are suppressing the voters rights in OH. You like having your rights taken away, elect Romney

    October 26, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  18. rich bitc inmittswitch

    There's something a little strange about this Romney guy.

    October 26, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    U.S. economic growth picked up in the third quarter, boosted by stronger consumer spending, an improving housing sector and increased defense spending.

    Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of the nation's economic health, grew at an annual rate of 2% from July to September, the Commerce Department said Friday, faster than predicted

    October 26, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. NameWes

    Whether Richard Mourdock: Sir keep it up, we are all children of God.
    I wish Romney had said that before Mr. Murdock

    October 26, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  21. enoughsaid

    Dear American Friends in Ohio...the world is watching....Please let your President continue his work. The leaders of the G8 lean Obama. And the world is perplexed that this election is even as close as it is.

    October 26, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  22. enoughsaid

    The rest of the world stands for Barak Obama.

    October 26, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  23. Charlie Romney

    I am 60 years old proud Republican and supporter of Mitt Romeny. I just want to say why women are just talking and talking like they are beyond Men. Ever since i lived in this earth Men make the important decision for women, and regarding the abortion me and Mitt support Atkins and Merdock, that was their feeling and we stand with them. Mitt is endorsing them and he believe on their idea. Women in the united state are under the hand of the men. Men make decision for women. Mitt Romney is a candidate that stand for Men and women, but men comes first before women. When he win, he will support everyone " But men came first." He told me that in a fund raising, and as a man i am very happy and i will vote for him. Mitt Romney 2012.

    October 26, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  24. David Scottsdale, AZ

    Dont let the country down OHIO! We cannot bear a Romney presidency. VOTE OBAMA!

    October 26, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  25. Eric

    Sorry to do it but I have to throw a little water on the Obama team with regard to this poll. In 2008 Obama won Ohio with a Democrat plus 4.58 points. This poll oversamples Democrats by 9 percent. Does anyone seriously believe that Obama is going to double his historic results from 2008? Just one more bit of bad news for the Dems on this poll. Independents go for Romney by a 57 to 36 percent margin.

    October 26, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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