May 2nd, 2008
12:03 PM ET
7 years ago

Voters increasingly focusing on economy as top issue

INDIANANAPOLIS, Indiana (CNN) - A new poll indicates that the economy remains issue number one with American voters, now more than ever.

Forty-nine percent of those questioned in a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday said the economy is the top issue in their vote for president, seven points higher than in a March survey.

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  1. Matthew

    If it's a question of who is better at handling the economy, Clinton or Obama – the answer is easy. Hillary Clinton. If that truly is the voters' main concern in IN, she will win easily.

    May 2, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. Orange County

    Paul vs. Clinton

    The lawsuit claims that Peter Paul was fraundulenty induced to make a 1.2 million in-kind contribution to Senator Hillary Clinton's 2000 senate campaign in exchange for former President Bill Clinton to be a rainmaker for this company once he left the White House. Paul claims that former President Clinton backed out of the $17 million deal, and his company collapsed.

    May 2, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. Lisa

    It's funny how people keep saying we need to talk about the Paul vs Clinton. You've talked about it all day and no one cares!

    May 2, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  4. Lisa

    I would love to save a couple of pennies on gas if I could.

    May 2, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. WHATTHEPEOPLEWANT

    The Clintons are part of the reason that our economy is such a mess and now she want to promote this oil prapanda. This is not going to help our economy but instead it is going to hurt us. I cannot be shortsighted. This is just more nonsense without offering any sort of solution. If you take the time to look closer, you will see this. She is damaging the democratic party with her nonsense.

    May 2, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. Independent-woman-voter-for-Obama

    By the way, I am a Cuban-American supporting Sen. Obama, in case someone is wondering if its only the African-Americans who support him. I beg to differ, since I know people of several ethnic and racial backgrounds that support Sen. Obama!

    I am SO glad that finally, Americans, are moving on beyond the politics-of-destruction....... to the issues that really matter!

    May 2, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. Go Hillary

    Oh and all the young voters out there - what to do they care about the economy??? These are the people that are mainly supporting Obama
    Just like Obama THEY HAVE NO IDEA !!!!

    VOTE HILLARY 2008 !

    May 2, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. concerned

    Still waiting for Peter Paul vs Clinton to be acknoldged by CNN.

    May 2, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  9. norm

    The Billary Hillbillies are doing their best to bring down Obama. What a shame for this great nation but don't worry, for the youth shall set you free America!!!

    Obama 08

    May 2, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. Robert

    Pleese!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    No more Rev. Wright! He is not running!

    May 2, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  11. STOP THE MADDNESS!!!!

    “Hillary has run one of the most formidable campaigns in the history of our Party,” the chairs wrote, listing Clinton’s primary season victories. “Her base of support includes women, Hispanics, seniors, Catholics, middle and low income Americans, and rural, suburban and urban voters. That’s a formidable coalition tailor-made for victory in a November general election.

    This taken from the letter 7 former DNC Chairmen have signed and are circulating!

    Now with that said I ask you WHAT THE HECK ARE THEY TALKING ABOUT? Are they talking about THE SAME CAMPAIGN THAT SHE HAS RAN IN THE GROUND FINANCIALLY? WHAT URBAN VOTERS ARE THEY TALKING ABOUT? THE SAME ONES THAT ARE DIE HARD SUPPORTERS OF OBAMA? WHAT MIDDLE AND LOW INCOME VOTERS THE ONES THAT SHE SAID "SCREW THEM' TO BILL? OR THE SAME ONES THAT SHE FEEDS BULL@@## TO DAILY? NOW THESE SHE MAY VERY WELL GET! WHAT WOMEN ARE THEY TALKING ABOUT IF NOT WHITE ONES AND IF SO THEY ARE COUNTING THEM TWICE (RURAL& SUBURBAN) THEY KNOW THEY ARE FULL OF SH@#!!

    WHAT WON'T THESE CLINTONS DO TO WIN????????
    SAME OLE POLITICS!!!!!!

    May 2, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. Willy

    Poor liberal media trying to guide the election by covering something that not the main issue.

    May 2, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. Ernest

    Senator Obama is the right President to handle the situation. Give him a chance. Do not reject a dish without knowing the content.

    May 2, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  14. John Smith

    Hillary is NOT tearing apart the democratic party. Hillary is doing just what any Clinton does- take advantage of any situation given to them (e.g., Monica L., Sniper-fire; NAFTA, Michigan and FL votes etc.).

    The real people splitting this party are the "bilnd" and uneducated supporters of Hillary. How can Hillary, with more negatives than any politican (except Gov. Bush), ever run a successful general election in this nation? The Republicans and Independents are praying for that day to come!!! We will have to thank, not Hillary (because she will be off somewhere with her $109 million), but her "bird-brain" supporters

    May 2, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. Yes we can!

    Every primary you hear, this state is crucial and a must win for Obama or Clinto....we've been hearing this since January....It was exciting but now it has turned into a circus......I'M GOING TO ECHO EHSANUL HAQUE>>>>>
    President Bush did a bad investment in Iraq. The other leaders who supported the Iraq invasion, supported a bad investment to bring down the economy in today's situation.

    Should economy be the most important issue to choose a leader, It's Barak Obama.

    May 2, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. Yes we can!

    President Bush did a bad investment in Iraq. The other leaders who supported the Iraq invasion, supported a bad investment to bring down the economy in today's situation.

    Should economy be the most important issue to choose a leader, It's Barak Obama

    COME ON INDIANA DO BE AFRAID, CHANGE IS GOOD, EMBRACE IT AND VOTE OBAMA....WE CAN GO ALL THE WAY TO JUNE 3RD, CAUSE OBAMA WILL STILL HAVE MORE STATES, MORE POPULAR VOTE AND MORE PLEDGED DELEGATES THAN WHAT....

    May 2, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  17. Willy

    Employers cut fewer jobs in April, jobless rate falls.

    May 2, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. John Smith

    Let us get real, not even Bill can bring back the Internet economy of the 90's. People are so dumb!! How can Hillary undo what Bill did– NAFTA? Afterwards, both Bill and Hillary are now reaping the benefits of those trade deals. Hillary has no good answers for the "current economy." Most top-rated economists in this nation (eg., Robert Reich) are supporting Obama's proposals for the economy. Maybe people need to do more "basic reading" in this country. Even the British kids know more about our economy than the average American in this country; what a shame!

    May 2, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  19. Ian

    It's a shame that we rate our pocket books higher than the troops.

    May 2, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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