Ohio Poll: Obama 49%, Romney 47%
October 26th, 2012
01:36 PM ET
6 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. linda jean

    Great news. I believe all can see Mr. Romney is only concern about $$$ and not the "working-class Americans" trying to care for one another. We can not afford to outsource jobs and sell out our people. Its all about Truth-fairness- and Caring. Lindajean

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

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    October 26, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. Expat American

    @enoughsaid.....Ya the Taliban LOVE him!!!!
    The Taliban loves Republicans. Republicans shooks their hands, made them coffee and gave them all of their guns.

    October 26, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  4. chilly g

    this poll is a mitt poll,the president is leading by more than 2 percent points and after the election is over the president
    will win with 53 percent of the vote in ohio. the president will also win Iowa, and proably virginia and maybe florida.

    October 26, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. Phil

    Obama has made no progress with the hole he jumped in when elected 4 years ago. Instead of helping dig our way, he has continued to dig further & further deeper. Maybe he doesn't have a sense of direction. But either way, if Obama is re-elected we will face a challenge & a crisis of proportions I don't think we have ever seen nor are prepared to deal with. Learn from the past, re electing Bush put us further in the whole and so will re electing Obama. VOTE ROMNEY/RYAN 2012!

    October 26, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  6. Louie

    The whole world is watching to see who will be the next president and from our travels it is Obama that they would like to see continue. I am an American living in Norway where we have Health Care like most of the other European countries. We are NOT SOCIALISTS OR COMMUNIST, but a social democracy where all people are covered and we pay through taxes of what we can afford. While traveling through the midwest a month ago we were told by the Motel in Missouri we stayed at, did not have CNN. When I was asked if I knew what CNN stood for I was told the COMMUNIST NEWS NETWORK. I guess when people only listen to FOX News they are brainwashed with fears and screams. If you look at what Romney achieved while Gov. of Mass. the only good thing he did was put in a health care system. When the majority of the people of Mass. are voting for Obama there must be a reason. He did not do so much for education, it came afterwards and he was responsible for laying off teachers, police and firemen in order to cut the budget.

    Obama is for all people and all should pay their full share. The rich should pay more and to think Ramney paid less in taxes than I do and I make under $25,000.00 something is wrong. Worse yet he stashed his money abroad and he should be President of the U.S.??? OBAMA needs another 4 years to get those jobs

    October 26, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. Chris T

    Ohioans are too smart to buy the gop bs. They know Romney is trying to buy the election. Even his money hidden in the Cayman islands and swiss bank accounts can't win the white house. Americans aren't stupid.

    October 26, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  8. Kirk in michigan

    I stopped paying attention to the polls after a polling place called, asked only my age and how likely i was to vote, told her i will be there, she must be willing to fill in the rest for me, must be a republican, right up their alley. we seriously cannot let this behavior go rewarded. imagine how bad it will be if adleson actually suceeds in buying the white house, may as well start taking bids for the next election cycle. stop the madness.

    October 26, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  9. Bill from GA

    The only point romney has over Obama is that more legislation might get past the republican Congress. Considering the legislation that the republican Congress is trying to pass, that is NOT a good point.

    Send romney AND the teabag republicans packing.

    Move Forward, America.

    October 26, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota


    More poll spin from Romney/Ryan.

    Yep. It's all he's got left ... no substance spin.

    October 26, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  11. Frank

    If wishful thinking counted as votes then Obama will surely win. If one is engaged in reality, however, Romney has the presidency without a doubt.. Obama is so desparate that his true personality is coming out. The shuck and jive routine is no longer working. He's becoming more militant and less classy by the day. His language and behavior is unbecoming of the office. It's all backfiring and all they can say is "we're winning" despite all the evidence to the contrary. They subscribe to the notion that if you repeat a lie often enough then people will regard it as the truth. Straignt out of the Sovietsky system. It's all for show. He got caught lying about Libya and now he's obfusgating and yelling victory – basically doing anything to distract us from the real issues. Don't worry folks, Romney will fix everything. President Romney rolls off the tongue doesn't it? Get used to it, Obama fans. Get used to it, LOL. The house of cards is falling and the hyena will no longer have anything to laugh about. The emporer is naked folks – and his name is Abu Hussein.

    October 26, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  12. Critical Thinking

    We voted early in Ohio too. By we, I mean, me (1), my wife (1), my two sons (2) and my daughter (1). A total of 5 big Ohio votes for the next President of the United States, Mitt Romney.

    Mr. President time to pack your bags, grap the wife and kiddies and head on back to Chicago. I understand it's a bit chilly this time of the year and the bad news you will have to pay your own the heating bill just like the rest of us. Don't think solar panel are going to cut it.

    October 26, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |

    Let's watch the Biden campaign on CNN.


    October 26, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. Alex Samuelson

    Anyone that votes for Obama as our Joker in Chief after his non-leadership abilities that cost the lives of 4 Americans that could have been saved. This whole administration is nothing more than a joke. St James Place, I am also a senior and I beg the people of Ohio to vote for Romney and doing away with Obamacare. All of my family (4) live in Ohio and all have voted for Romney.

    October 26, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. on StreetWise

    Ohio Poll: "Obama 49%, Romney 47%"

    That's only good news for the Romney/Rove Ticket.... and the Diebold voting machines.

    October 26, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  16. Gurgyl

    Run ads–let Detroit go BANKRUPT, 47%, etc., mitt the twit is nonsense.

    October 26, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  17. FactCheck

    How long before R&R are out in Ohio claiming that they have the momentum and are going to win the election? With PBO at a solid 253 electoral votes in non-battleground states, if he wins Ohio it is over.

    All the huffing by the GOP remind me of 2000 when Karl Rove was out shouting that Bush would be campaigning in California because they had it as a toss up.

    October 26, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |

    Obama, how many more ambassadors will you kill by election time? 5?

    October 26, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  19. FactCheck

    I am also a senior and I beg the people of Ohio to vote for Romney and doing away with Obamacare.
    Better stock up on Robitussin because that's pretty much all the health care you will have if R&R turn MediCare into a voucher system.

    October 26, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  20. Nick

    Every reliable poll for Ohio has Obama ahead by 5. ARG is a Republican leaning pollster. I am surprised how CNN and other media sources jump on any poll that makes it appear that the candidates are in a horse race. Go to Nate Silver's 538 website if you want an accurate evaluation of the polls. Most other cites just cannot be trusted.

    October 26, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  21. Racism Robmen

    We Ohioans don't buy what Mitt is selling. His ideology is the same as Bush. And here in Ohio we are having a good economical activity and we love the president very much. Get out and Vote for the President. me and my family had put our vote for the President!!!!! 12 people voted Buckeyes State.

    October 26, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. dw

    LMAO! an EIGHT point sampling error! consider this poll complete BS!

    October 26, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  23. Alex Samuelson

    Lynda/Minnesota: And your spin from Minnesota that elected a professional idiot wrestler as governor and now has a comedian as a senator. So much for your spin. LOL

    October 26, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  24. Racism Robmen

    Alex Samuelso, i convince you to change your mind. Hear yourself, see your country improve under Obama. He is for the Industrial company, private sector jobs. He saved the Auto industry, when Mitt Romney say let it Bankrupt!!!!!. If it is not to late change your opinion. Give the president a chance. I gave you my word he will make a different. Obama 2012.

    October 26, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  25. NinjaScott

    This is what "Rick" wrote -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.

    Are you kidding me?!??! Obama's politics aren't clear? wow... and you support Romney? wow! The best part is your last sentence "a real sad economy when women have to be the breadwinners." I am a man, and even I find this offensive to women. Let's face reality! Men and women are and should be equal workers in the workforce.

    Vote Obama to stay in the 21st century!

    October 26, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
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