Polls: Tight race for Ohio's 18 electoral votes
August 23rd, 2012
10:17 AM ET
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Polls: Tight race for Ohio's 18 electoral votes

(CNN) - It was close in Ohio. It's still close in Ohio.

Two new surveys out Thursday indicate the Buckeye State remains a hotly contested battleground in the race for the White House.

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According to the latest Ohio Poll by the University of Cincinnati, 49% of likely voters support President Barack Obama, with 46% backing Republican challenger Mitt Romney. The president's three point margin is within the poll's sampling error.

A Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times survey also released Thursday indicates Obama with a 50%-44% lead over Romney. The president's six point advantage is just outside the survey's sampling error.

The Ohio Poll indicates the gender gap is alive and well in the Buckeye State, with Obama leading by 18 points among women and Romney leading by 15 points among men. Romney also has a 51%-39% advantage among independent voters.

According to the survey, Romney has the edge among Ohio voters on which candidate would do a better job on controlling government spending and on the economy, while Obama has the edge on Medicare and foreign policy.

The polls' release comes two days before Romney and his running mate, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, team up for a rally just outside Columbus, and they come two days after Obama campaigned in Columbus. Obama has made seven trips to Ohio since the start of the general election in April, with Romney making eight visits.

Ohio's 18 electoral votes are expected to be pivotal to the 2012 presidential election. President George W. Bush sealed his 2004 re-election by narrowly winning the state over the Democratic challenger, Sen. John Kerry. In 2008 then-Sen. Obama took the state by 5 points over Sen. John McCain. But the GOP won big in the state in the 2010 midterm elections, taking back the governor's office and five House seats held by Democrats.

The Ohio Poll was conducted by the University of Ohio from August 16-21, with 847 likely voters statewide questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Any one with BRAIN supports Pres.Obama. Flip-Flop idiot ruins like Bush. Yes, on Obama12.

    August 23, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. carlos

    and those results are without letting LATINOS, AFRICAN AMERICANS and SENIORS vote.

    August 23, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  3. Lionel

    It is close, how is that. Obama is up 50-44 %.

    I tell you what. Obama will win this state because the democratic party is inclusive of all people. Can't believe the hate from the Republicans. They have blocked Obama every step of the way during his presidency. How many job bills did congress pass. Instead they tried 33 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Ryan is a right wing nut case and Robme will be irrelevant during a Robme / RyAkin adminstration.

    Attacking women (anti-abortion stance), minorities (saying they are all on welfare) and now a right wing nut case Judge in Texas thinks that the USA will have a civil war is Obama is elected. I will never vote Republican in my lifetime again. Believe I have before but never again.

    August 23, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. Sniffit

    I hope that little girl has a voter ID.

    August 23, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. hongli

    Paul Ryan looked like the world was coming to an end when he was asked to define forceable rape. All President Obama has to do is keep on telling the American people how good "FLIP-FLOPPERS" are Romney and Ryan -- The R and R men keep changing their positions on key subjects like the weather in Tampa. Ryan and Romney must be pinned to the congressman's pro and cons along with the Republican jokers.

    August 23, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  6. demwit

    The Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times survey only has Obama up by 6!? Uh, oh.....

    August 23, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. BlkPwr817

    Of course the NEW voting laws the the GOP implemented for this years election will determine the outcome. But somehow I feel that it wont even matter. Cheaters never prosper...Sorry Mitt!

    August 23, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. PaulCat

    Well, it seams like the party of "NO" is paying off and you people are allowing it. What has happen to the brains of the American people? SHAME on you!

    August 23, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. Really?

    Have we learned anything more about Obama since he first ran for president? Yep, he is a collectivist.

    August 23, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It is time to make sure that people can get their supporters to the polls. Without that, then the candidate is lost no matter how much the money they spend on political ad adds up to.

    August 23, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |

    Vote for OBAMA Ohio! Mitt will take the middle class into the gutter and down the drain.

    August 23, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  12. judith

    As long as Obama maintains a lead in Ohio, Romney is toast.

    August 23, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  13. myviewis

    Bottom line, if we don't get someone in the White House that controls government spending and grows the economy that result in jobs we won't have Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security or anything else for that matter. As for Foreign Policy, I think Americans are still not there in understanding that Americans are not liked around the world because the U.S. in only a few 100 years became a productive, stable, self sufficient, successful country while the European, Arabic, Asian countries are still trying to get their act together after 1000's of years of existing. Take Greece for example, they held the Olympics in Olympia in 8BC to 4AD, this is a long time for a country to exist and they are still nowhere near the U.S. successful development. Americans fail to understand that this jealousy is what drives these countries to dislike Americans, the U.S. I come from Europe and became a U.S. Citizen, they won't change anytime soon.

    August 23, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  14. Woman In California

    People of Ohio, please don't be fooled by the lying, out sourcer who would rather keep his money OUT of this country and into foreign banks. IF he really cared about this country as he likes you to believe, his money would be here instead of abroad. Say what you want about the president, but at least he PUTS HIS MONEY IN U.S. BANKS and has made his tax returns PUBLIC unlike the unAmerican Mormon who has "told us" we don't need to see his finances. Let's keep Willard out of Ohio and out of the White House so we can continue to move forward with the current CIC, President Obama.

    August 23, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  15. jinx88

    All these obstacles these Repugs lawmakers that is making it hard for Dems to vote, and Obama is still leading? What will the Repugs do next?

    August 23, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  16. California Gary

    The only way Obama loses in Ohio is if the GOP succeeds in keeping a substantial number of voters from actually accessing the polls........at which they working very hard to do. They know that if everyone votes, their guy loses. They are willing to gut the very foundation of our democratic system in order to prevail in this election. Shameful!

    August 23, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  17. Hot Air

    I am afraid that in order to keep readers coming back, news media has to make things appear very close, polls really don't mean alot in the end. Look at this report in Aug, 2008.
    Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Aug. 23-25, the first three-day period falling entirely after Obama's Saturday morning vice presidential announcement, shows 46% of national registered voters backing John McCain and 44% supporting Obama,

    August 23, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. Pop-Corn:Check, 55 inch TV: Check

    Why WON'T Romney dignify American voters and show his taxes. Doesn't he think voters have enough of a brian to make an informed analysis?

    August 23, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |