September 5th, 2008
12:40 PM ET
14 years ago

Poll: Indiana a virtual dead heat

(CNN) – As the general election campaign officially gets under way, a new poll suggests that Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama are running neck-and-neck in Indiana.

In a Howey-Gauge survey of likely voters in the state, McCain has support from 45 percent of those polled, Obama from 43 percent, and 12 percent are unsure about their choice for president.

The poll of 600 likely Indiana voters was conducted August 29-30 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points making the race a virtual tie.

The poll does not, however, necessarily suggest that Indiana will be a battleground in the fall campaign.

"The important thing to note is that the poll was conducted entirely after the Democratic convention, and entirely before the GOP convention began. So this may represent Obama's high-water mark in Indiana," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "The real test of whether Indiana is in play will have to wait for polling that reflects the effects of both conventions."

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Indiana • John McCain • Polls
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Sacto Joe

    Senator McCain showed is why he would give us 4 more years of the failed Bush policies. He blamed ALL our economic problems on the price of oil, if you can believe it!

    No, the reason the economy continues to free-fall towards a full-blown recession is because the REPUBLICANS DON’T GET IT!

    GIVING A HUGE TAX BREAK TO THE WEALTHY IN THE MIDDLE OF A RECESSION WILL RESULT IN DISASTER! In 2001, George W. Bush did exactly that, and as a result of his failure to provide adequate short-term stimulus, the FED was forced to do his job for him and rescue the economy by dropping rates to THEIR LOWEST POINT IN HISTORY and keeping them there. That, in turn, set up the present problem with the housing industry, while dropping the worth of the dollar into the toilet.


    There’s only one way out of this, and that is to THROW THE BUMS OUT and put REAL change in place.

    THANK GOD for Senator Barack Obama. The country needs him, and it needs him NOW!


    GO BAMA!

    September 5, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    Evan Bayh needs to get out there and promote Barack, too. Get out there before gun-totin, moose stew eatin' mama Palin does and appeals to all the NRA folks and hunters in the state!
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 & '12 YES WE CAN!!!

    September 5, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. Susan, CA

    After McCain's speech last night, it is clear that he represent the same old, same old policies, and no change. If you like the last eight years, vote McCain. He said that change would be on the way if you voted for him, but he voted 90 percent of the time with Bush. His voting records says it all.

    September 5, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. People make no sense

    John McCain asked us to fight – when did he learn how to fight. His military record suggestions that he only knows how to surrender. Come on Americans' lets surrender and get captured together, so my party can torture you for 4 more years…

    September 5, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. gary jennings

    cnn your the most bias stinken media in the world.You keep the issues his that would put Obama out of this election ,but trash the other opponients. Why dont you give the country the truth about Obama. Glen Beck is the only staight forward person that has people who know the con man tell them on his show. you are bias s.o.b. America deserves to fall if Obama gets elected. The media keeps the truth from the Country. Even hrc told the country Obama is a chicago con man with no experience. Thats why he had her trashed from the race. You should shut ur media up. You dont give the country the facts and truth about the muslim that was taking money from Islam to put him through college. You young haters wont have to worry about economy because your hating on Mccain the only one with experience to keep this country safe. Obama will bring the war on our backyards. america deserves what they get ,keeping the truth from the country about O.B. I think America is afraid O.B. Its not just him playing the race card either. Mccain isn't afraid of O.B. and has kept this country safe by the surge. Obama would have had us by now in one hell of war. WWW111.

    September 5, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. Chi4Obama

    This spells trouble for the GOP. Indiana, has traditionally been a "Republican" state.

    And this poll does not even take into the account the thousands of NEW voters that have just registered as Democrat for the 1st time.

    Bye, Bye, GOP....

    September 5, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. DK(@)AZ

    What the hell is keating Holland talking about ? Is he comparing the poll to a flood ? That is the third time he has used that phrase and each time another state turns blue. When you rake in 10 million dollars in 24 hours on a day when jobless rate hits 6.1 %, does that indicate a flood is coming?. Perhaps

    September 5, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. JustCheck

    Wow, just wow. I guess the bitter gun clingers also had enough of McSame.

    September 5, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. CAC

    Maybe this means that, since Indiana will actually matter for once, we will see some federal dollars coming our way.

    September 5, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. Roger

    It is very important for the Dem's to take Indiana. They depend on the welfare vote and the black vote. I voted for Hillary in the primary, but feel BHO is nothing more than a media darling. McCain/Palin 08.

    September 5, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. Josh

    Seriously, the Obama camp needs to start playing ads in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio asking who is more likely to care for these Great Lakes States. Someone who lives on Lake Michigan in the Midwest or a guy from Arizona and a VP from Alaska.

    September 5, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. The Silent One

    This red state is turning blue this year, BANK ON IT.

    September 5, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  13. Jimmy in NYC

    Come on Indiana get with it. Do you want to be drafted into any one of President McCain's next wars?
    VP Palin will be ready to send you off happily as well!

    Vote Obama/Biden in 08 or do not complain for the next 4 bright years!

    September 5, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. Dee

    What...that is a RED state. Palin should have done wonders by now with her sarcasm.

    September 5, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  15. Perry

    We have not voted Democrat here since 1960. As a hoosier who has watched everyone from Mondale to Kerry lose I hope this is true. If Obama is running this close it is a good sign. We have a lot of racism here in the midwest, more than the deep south in my experience. We also have a lot of uneducated people who vote on issues like religion/ school prayer/ abortion/ gun rights/ whether someone wears a flag pin/ect. We desperately need jobs here in the midwest. This election social issues are out the window. The midwest is literally crumbling. Jobs are not to be found and people are resorting to crime in many areas. Many of my friend's children are resorting to selling drugs, scamming/stealing from companies,ect to just to put food on their table!

    September 5, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |