John McCain holds a 48-42 percent lead in Ohio over Democratic opponent Barack Obama, according to the first Ohio Newspaper Poll.
The poll also surveyed Ohio voters on health care, energy, and their personal financial situations - with nearly half saying they are worse off today than four years ago.
The Ohio News Organization - a cooperative formed this year by the state's eight largest daily newspapers, including The Blade - commissioned the poll.
It was conducted Sept. 12-16 by the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati, which also runs the respected Ohio Poll.
From questions about global warming to health care coverage for all Americans, from the race of Barack Obama to the age of John McCain, the poll gauges Ohioans opinions in this crucial election.
Full poll results and comments from respondents will be in Sunday's Blade and on toledoblade.com.