Ohio Poll: Obama 49%, Romney 47%
October 26th, 2012
01:36 PM ET
1 year 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. pcalif

    More poll spin from Romney/Ryan.

    October 26, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. Apple pony

    Obama baiden 2012.

    October 26, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  3. bengalskuta82

    I'm an independent and from OH..Count me in..I am voting for Romney..I don't trust Obama any more

    October 26, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. jinx88

    Its hard to take any of these swing state polls serious with all the cheating going on.

    October 26, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. rrd

    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

    ----------------------–

    Faster then predicted? Obama said he'd have it a 4% by now.

    October 26, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. California Gary

    A poll with a sample of 600 people that has an error margin of 8 points is not a serious poll. This may well have been commissioned by the Romney folks, who are trying hard to convince everyone that things are shifting in Romney's direction. The only thing shifting in Romney's direction is the stench of their senate candidates that are imploding and dying on the vine. The entire GOP could be in store for a beat down.......and if so, it is richly deserved.

    October 26, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. REDFIRESTORM

    accusing the white establishment of depriving blacks of voter rights –voter ID laws - intimidation in florida???

    October 26, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. Expat American

    I wonder if Romney realizes that as CEO he was able to make millions for himself by shipping jobs overseas and destroying the lives of working and middle class Americans; but as President, his salary is a set figure and he won’t make any money by continuing to destroy the lives of working and middle class Americans.

    October 26, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Romney knows NOTHING about us and our struggles and yet there are women out there willing to entrust their future to this wolf in wolf's clothing.
    We as women are falling for Romney who is whispering sweet nothings in our ears, and promising us the world and kicking to the curb the one that has been doing his best to help us pay the rent, give us affordable healthcare and keep our kids in school.
    Incredible.
    Obama 2012.

    October 26, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. Steve

    Most of us here are the 47% Romney don't care about, yet we care about him to vote for him. Are you kidding me.

    October 26, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. ndnation23

    Time's poll has Obama up by 5%. Ill stick to that one..even Faux has him up by 3%. Id be shocked if a bunch of Ohioans buy the bs mitt is selling about private finance instead of a bailout. Just who did he think would step up privately?? Besides, that would have just allowed Bain or another company like it to shut it down and move it overseas to save costs. Dont be fooled! Romney hasnt managed to stick to one issue yet, hes all over the map. Read Colin Powell's endorsement statement, very on point. If you didnt vote for Palin, DONT vote for romney/ryan..they are both worse than her

    October 26, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. Flip a coin

    If you're an independent and still don't know how to vote, flip a coin.

    October 26, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. stephen

    Ohionans are smart to remember who has helped them..
    GO Donkey!

    October 26, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  14. Flip a coin

    Did he say 4% after getting elected and seeing the damage?

    October 26, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  15. Independent

    @enoughsaid.....Ya the Taliban LOVE him!!!! Of course the world loves him, he lets them walk all over this great nation!!!!!!!! LOL

    October 26, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  16. Getu

    I just did vote for Obama – Biden ticket .

    October 26, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  17. Waittilnov6

    It's all just a guess! The people will speak!

    October 26, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  18. REDFIRESTORM

    FCC needas to pull the plug on MSNBC - white women going to romney becase he doesn't feel scary anymore -and he is white. they say romney feels he does not need to work hard at details–just offer the same pre-packaged economy speech and rhetoric because it's all about liking and feeling more comfortable with him instead of obama

    October 26, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. Greater Good

    Really, this close, Ohio? Voting for a candidate who said let the automakers go bankrupt.
    Where would those mfg. jobs be now if it weren't for your president? You'd be left high and dry. What's going to happen to your healthcare, education system, medicare, and so on wiith a Romney presidency. Tax breaks for the rich, 2 trillion for the military, and make it happen by cutting funding for PBS and Big Bird.

    October 26, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  20. Frank

    So with the majority of early votes for Obama, and as of NOW Obama is still ahead. I better get more People to vote for Romney here, because it seems impossible that he will win it here. It is simply impossible theres no way. We have to count on the other states.

    October 26, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. Sal

    CNN CNN CNN CNN you Stop reporting this pointless polls, it means nothig, how about try reporting real story, like the boommmbing of sudan by Israel,

    October 26, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. Dave Jaipersaud

    It doesn’t matter how Romney and the Republican try to spin their policies, the American people know how disastrous those policies have been for this country, especially for the Middle Class and less fortunate.

    Americans are not stupid. How can anyone even thing Romney’s policies will be better for this country. Romney and the Republicans policies from 2001 to 2008 brought this great nation to its knees, their policies caused the Great Recession, their policies wiped out almost 10,000,000 jobs as a direct result of the Great Recession, their policies wiped out retirement savings for tens of millions of Americans as a direct result to the Great Recession, their policies took a $1 trillion surplus to a $13 trillion deficit, their policies resulted in the decline in the percentage of Americans that are in the middle class, their policies resulted in tens of millions of Americans without healthcare, their policies resulted in millions of Americans losing their homes, their policies will be detrimental to Latinos and all other minorities, their policies will result in another war in the Middle East, and the list goes on.

    No Americans in their right mind will believe that Romney/Ryan policies will be better for the Economy. The only way for anyone to think that is if they are suffering from total amnesia. People will remember what happened in 2007/2008 and the years leading up to the Great Recession. It was the exact same policies that Romney is advocating now that caused the Great Recession. We are not that dumb to think that these same policies that caused the Great Recession will somehow magically make the economy better.

    I guess Romney/Ryan think we are all stupid and don’t know the truth and can’t remember the dark days of the great recession of 2007 and 2008 and the years leading up to it.

    The choice is clear. Do we want to go back to the exact same policies (Romney/Ryan current policies) that brought America (this great Nation) to its knees or do we want to continue to build on the recovery.

    October 26, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  23. armyav8r

    Liberals are unbelievable...for the last 6 months Liberals have been pushing polls in our faces DAILY...Maddow, Matthews, Maher, and the other Muppets were even high fiving each other on air predicting imminent victory (just like they did with the Wisconsin Recall elections...way to go on THAT prediction)...and NOW that Obama has been slowly LOSING GROUND IN EVERY SINGLE POLL since debate 1....NOW all of sudden Liberals proclaim "polls" are irrelevant. Utter hypocrites.

    October 26, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. justeeny

    I voted for Obama last time. I actually believed his statements he made on the campaign trail like:

    1) He would try to build a consenses in government. He has done the opposite.
    2) He would cut the deficit in half. He has increased the deficit by $6+ Trillion.

    I'm voting Romney/Ryan. We cannot afford four more years of Obama.

    I'm in Oregon, the leading state in food stamp distribution. So let me tell all of you from an Oregon perspective, THE SOCIALIST EXPERIMENT HAS NOT WORKED HERE.

    In Oregon we are facing new taxes on every single ballot, and we have two elections a year.

    There is no way I would ever vote for another four years with Obama. Too many more lives will be smashed in another long four years under ObamaNation.

    October 26, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. Dave Jaipersaud

    The Republican idea to make things better is to do the same things that caused the problem. I am sure they would have no problem rehiring a financial advisor whose investment policies almost wiped out most Americans life savings. Basically that is what the Republicans are proposing. They are saying lets fire the guy that stabilized your investments and grow it to almost what it was prior to 2007 and let’s rehire the guy whose policies almost wiped it out. Do they think most Americans are stupid?

    Here is the real hoax. The Republican idea to make things better is to do the same things that caused the problem. Here is something to think about. Republicans would have no problem rehiring a financial advisor whose investment policies almost wiped out their life savings. Basically that is what they are proposing. Republicans are telling us to fire the guy that stabilized and grow our investments to almost what it was worth prior to 2007 and rehire the guy whose policies almost wiped it out. We have to be really stupid to listen to them and rehire a guy whose policies wiped out investment in the first place. I would hope that Americans are smarter than that.

    Here is a simple way of looking at who is best for the economy. Would you invest with a guy whose investment policies wiped out your investment portfolio or would you invest with a guy whose investment policies stabilized your investment portfolio and is currently growing your portfolio. Even Romney wouldn't invest his own money with the guy whose policies wiped out everyone’s investment and now he wants us to do it. So why would anyone even consider voting for any Republican.

    How can any Americans think that Romney/Ryan policies would be better for the Economy. The only way for anyone to think that is if they are suffering from total amnesia. Have people forgotten what happened in 2007/2008 and the years leading up to the Great Recession. It was the exact same policies that Romney is advocating now that caused the Great Recession. Are we that dumb to think that these same policies that caused the Great Recession will somehow magically make the economy better.

    I guess Romney/Ryan think we are all stupid and don’t know the truth and can’t remember the dark days of the great recession of 2007 and 2008 and the years leading up to it.

    The choice is clear. Do we want to go back to the exact same policies (Romney/Ryan current policies) that brought America (this great Nation) to its knees or do we want to continue to build on the recovery.

    October 26, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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