June 9th, 2008
07:10 AM ET
3 years ago

More than three-quarters rate economic conditions poor

A new survey shows nearly 80 percent of Americans thing economic conditions are poor.
A new survey shows nearly 80 percent of Americans thing economic conditions are poor.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – More than three-quarters of Americans think economic conditions are poor, a new poll suggests.

Seventy-eight percent of those questioned in a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey out Monday morning rate the economic conditions as poor. That’s up from 75 percent in March.

Only 22 percent rate the economic conditions in the country as good. That’s down from 25 percent in March and 54 percent in September.

But it appears Americans are optimistic. Fifty-two percent said economic conditions a year from now would be good, with 46 percent saying they would be poor.

The economy continues to be issue number one for Americans, with 42 percent saying it is the most important issue in their vote for president, far ahead of the war in Iraq in second place.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey was taken June 4-5, with 1,035 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The poll’s sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.


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  1. Charlotte

    I do not believe Obama is the one who can lead us out of this mess. I do not believe John McCain can get us out of this mess. I will write Hillary Clinton on my ballot in November. While I can appreciate the need for Hillary to unite us, my needs are to vote for the person I believe is the best person, and that person is still, Hillary Clinton.

    June 9, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  2. i love former POW's

    What is all this positive campaigning about anyway? Thats sooo nieve Mr. Obama. Can't you stop being so hopeful and looking for all these peaceful loopholes to jump through. Its insane to even entertain the thought that anything might be resolved without a war! I don't care if France hates us. Who is France anyway. We saved them in WWII. You're constant calm in the face of adversity is very SEXIST AND RACIST and will result in major loss of US casualties and the war you will not prematurely start with nations around the world. We need a leader with the strength and courage to commit adultery and cover up his wifes drug addiction and won't reveal where his money comes from. We need a leader who never snaps under pressue and can make clever war jokes based on 60's pop-hits! We NEED MCCAIN 08!!!
    STOP THE OBAMA INSANITY

    June 9, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. listen up

    Remember the wages of hatred will come back around.

    Now we will put up with this for another 4 years. All you haters for Obama, listen up:

    Thank CNN for NOT moderating out all your hateful, hurtful, vulgar, gutter, insensitive insulting comments, while moderating out all my calls for unity ever since February. That would have prevented a lot of this disunity. It is also part of the media bias for Obama of which we now speak.

    I warned, then, that the democratic party was dangerously splitting into two factions- a left wing radical faction that appealed to the newly registered youth and a moderate, centrist, populist traditional faction that appealed to lifelong democrats.

    I cautioned that your contempt and hatred would have the very opposite effect- that it would only unify us HRC supporters behind our candidate. It did and you saw what happened then. We rallied late, because we initially loved and supported BOTH our candidates and did not expect such divisive vitriol from fellow democrats, but rally we did. Hate is like that.

    You jeered, attacked, mocked and sneered, remember? The Old Geezer insults…you had your chance…you ruined our world…we don’t need you…EVEN, ‘Obama isn’t a man, he’s a movement’ (just as scary today as it was then). You were all following the script- just like Hitler Youth. No logic or reason…just irrational blind emotion. No informed dialogue…just propaganda and slogans.

    But know this: I have never denigrated ANYone- of any color or faith or ethnicity- in any walk of life- and I am 53 years old. I don’t NOW plan to begin, by voting for any candidate that has inspired so much hatred in his followers.

    How is this change we can believe in? How is this hope and unity?

    You told us to leave the party… that you were in charge. So we did. We will speak with our vote in Nov.

    That knife cuts both ways

    June 9, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  4. kim portland, oregon

    we're optimistic cuz we can see the end is in sight-and we wonthave to deal with selfish, greedy, unamerican neocons in power anymore!!!

    NO MORE NEOCONS, MCCAIN IS A NEOCON!!!! he SAYS he's a maverick and straight-talker, but his votes say something else.

    MCCAIN PROMISES US MORE WARS.
    NO MORE NEOCONS!!!!

    MCCAIN PROMISES US MORE WARS.
    NO MORE NEOCONS!!!!

    MCCAIN PROMISES US MORE WARS.
    NO MORE NEOCONS!!!!

    MCCAIN PROMISES US MORE WARS.
    NO MORE NEOCONS!!!!

    June 9, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. Boston

    To Timber:
    You are still bitter, get over it. The fact is Obama is the democratic nominee, wether you like it or not. Who really cares about who you vote for in November. I am pretty sure Hillary will vote for Obama.

    June 9, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  6. Honestlady

    It just tickles me how some people are going to vote for McCain because they are unhappy with how the Media treated Hillary. How is this Obama's fault? He can't control what the media does. Why are you all willing to punish him because of the media. This makes no sense at all!!!! You need to find a way to get back at the media and not do something STUPID that will hurt all of us by voting for McCain simply because you are angry at the media.

    I refuse to have 100 more years of war, watch gases prices sky rocket, watch more jobs shipped overseas..thus creating more job loss...and etc...this list just goes on and on.

    June 9, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  7. Cathy

    I'm really sorry Frustrated-Alanta. Good luck to you.

    June 9, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. That knife cuts both ways

    The choice was, solutions and unity or Spin and hate?

    You all know what you did to Hillary Clinton.All you haters for Obama, listen up:

    Thank CNN for NOT moderating out all your hateful, hurtful, vulgar, gutter, insensitive insulting comments, while moderating out all my calls for unity ever since February. That would have prevented a lot of this disunity. It is also part of the media bias for Obama of which we now speak.

    I warned, then, that the democratic party was dangerously splitting into two factions- a left wing radical faction that appealed to the newly registered youth and a moderate, centrist, populist traditional faction that appealed to lifelong democrats.

    I cautioned that your contempt and hatred would have the very opposite effect- that it would only unify us HRC supporters behind our candidate. It did and you saw what happened then. We rallied late, because we initially loved and supported BOTH our candidates and did not expect such divisive vitriol from fellow democrats, but rally we did. Hate is like that.

    You jeered, attacked, mocked and sneered, remember? The Old Geezer insults…you had your chance…you ruined our world…we don’t need you…EVEN, ‘Obama isn’t a man, he’s a movement’ (just as scary today as it was then). You were all following the script- just like Hitler Youth. No logic or reason…just irrational blind emotion. No informed dialogue…just propaganda and slogans.

    But know this: I have never denigrated ANYone- of any color or faith or ethnicity- in any walk of life- and I am 53 years old. I don’t NOW plan to begin, by voting for any candidate that has inspired so much hatred in his followers.

    How is this change we can believe in? How is this hope and unity?

    You told us to leave the party… that you were in charge. So we did. We will speak with our vote in Nov.

    That knife cuts both ways
    So I feel for those who are suffering, but why did you throttle and eliminate the very BEST candidate until she was gang banged into submission?

    June 9, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. Recession 08!

    So I'm not understanding. You know what I find interesting? These people that say Obama doesn't have experience. Did anyone forget that Clinton doesn't have much of her own experience either? Since when did being the wife of the President qualify you as a politician? Oh, yeah I forgot she spent 1 term longer in the Senate than Obama, so she's an expert. Not that being the wife of the President, she doesn't learn and see things first hand, but does that mean that if my husband's a surgeon, that I can do it too because we're married and I might know more than the average person? Didn't think so. And with all of McCain's "experience" he still voted for those Bush tax cuts and said "Don't know much about the economy". But, because he's been in the senate for 30 some years (Oh, btw if after 30 years in government and you DON'T KNOW HOW SOMETHING WORKS ITS WORSE THAN BEING NEW AND WILLING TO LEARN!) All this crap about "experience" and him being an "unknown" makes me think that some people will come up with any excuse to vote against Obama, which makes me wonder about the mentality and/or morality of such people. You want to know something about Obama and his policies, I suggest you do what I did and just go on his website and read about them. I know it seems hard to have to actually pay attention and not just be mad and bitter, but give it a try!

    June 9, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. Peter E

    Bunch of greedy whiners! This is an artificial recession at best. It's not as if the sub-prime mortgage and housing crises weren't foreseen or preventable. But no, people had to keep speculating, raising housing prices through the roof, hoping they can sell before the whole thing collapses. "Last person out is a rotten egg!" It's a reality check people! Every single economic analyst predicted that this artificial overpricing will collapse, and that sub-prime mortgages are also unsustainable. They've been predicting it for years! People weren't listening. They were just too greedy!
    Funny how short people's memories are. It's a perfect replica of the 90s and the dot-com crunch. That also wasn't a real recession. It was a reality check! (the difference, perhaps was that at least the dollar was considerably stronger due to much smaller trade and budget deficits)

    June 9, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. James

    Belle June 9th, 2008 8:39 am ET

    Wouldn't have minded having Clinton's and McCain's gas tax holiday at this point.

    Why don't you ask Senator McCain or Senator what happened to the idea? Why didn't they push this to the floor?

    If they had succeeded, then that gain of 18.5 cents would be null and voided from the 45+ cent increase in gas cost.

    June 9, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  12. Jim

    Be sure to vote Jimmy Carter's 2nd term with obama, and you will see just how bad it will get. Should of voted for Hillary

    June 9, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  13. SCC

    ...and yet 46-50% of people polled say they will vote for McCain in November who will cripple the economy even more...

    What's wrong with people??

    June 9, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  14. educate for the protest

    HRC supporters, there is a movement to protest this travesty of justice by a write in vote for HRC. It is protest and solidarity and a way to speak out for justice, equality and fair play.

    Please educate yourself on you best option for your state. A few states allow it. Some states don't allow it, some will give the vote for HRC to Obama if he is the "formal" nominee. Some won't count it but it serves still as protest. And some states require registration as a writein by HRC and supporters.

    IF you are denied the write in option- please support the OTHER female candidate who is running for the GREEN party. That will still send the message to the DEMS and the DNC and the Pro- Obama media for installing him.

    It sure beats sitting home and wasting your one voice.

    June 9, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  15. R.P.

    Before you go and start showing
    your thirty two's because of the
    "Barack Obama" triumph
    remember that not all people
    are enjoying the results
    and that very person that you thought
    was your friend is not really happy
    about your enjoyment or jubilation
    the fact of the matter is that while yes
    he is your friend, he really didn't expect
    for Obama to win.
    And now this creates a problem within himself
    the hardest thing to agree on in this country
    is Religion and Politics.
    while we all want to believe in something
    not believing that a Black Man is ready
    to run this country is running rampant around all
    communities
    Yes Obama may have won the nomination to run
    for the Presidency
    But many has suggested that they would not vote
    for him in the upcoming elections
    this is the American way of thinking
    Perhaps and i don't say this lightly
    But perhaps if "Hillary" would have won
    then all the blogs of the voting process
    would not be inundated with the "N"
    word
    But since the internet is the best way to say something
    because it is said without a face attached to it
    people speak more freely about how they truly
    feel
    we must understand that now that "Obama" has out lasted
    "Hillary Clinton" and her millions of supporters
    that doesn't automatically win him the
    Presidency
    so hold on to your smiles and your rights of bragging
    there are still a lot of innuendos and racist remarks
    to follow
    Keep in mind that the person next to you may have not
    said how he feels about the voting process to you
    but he sounded off loudly on the blogs
    we are friends as long as our beliefs and disbeliefs
    don't interact
    this is but one victory and the war is still going.

    June 9, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    joy June 9th, 2008 10:09 am ET

    all my life
    the economey has been bad on election year, it will be better when we
    have a new presient (if it is obama)

    god bless all of us

    I notice the same. the first thing you said makes sense but not if you fallow it with only if we elect Obama. It discredits every thing you just said.

    June 9, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. peter

    To all Hillary supporters, We are American first!

    June 9, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  18. Keith

    This website seems to be a breeding ground for false rumors. For example, your reporting says Obama watched Hillary's endorsement speech on the Internet and he called her afterwards but people are putting comments that say Obama was on the golf course during the speech. Can't you guys just take down the false rumors?

    June 9, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  19. Still biased for Obama CNN?

    All you haters for Obama, listen up:

    Thank CNN for NOT moderating out all your hateful, hurtful, vulgar, gutter, insensitive insulting comments, while moderating out all my calls for unity ever since February. That would have prevented a lot of this disunity. It is also part of the media bias for Obama of which we now speak.

    I warned, then, that the democratic party was dangerously splitting into two factions- a left wing radical faction that appealed to the newly registered youth and a moderate, centrist, populist traditional faction that appealed to lifelong democrats.

    I cautioned that your contempt and hatred would have the very opposite effect- that it would only unify us HRC supporters behind our candidate. It did and you saw what happened then. We rallied late, because we initially loved and supported BOTH our candidates and did not expect such divisive vitriol from fellow democrats, but rally we did. Hate is like that.

    You jeered, attacked, mocked and sneered, remember? The Old Geezer insults…you had your chance…you ruined our world…we don’t need you…EVEN, ‘Obama isn’t a man, he’s a movement’ (just as scary today as it was then). You were all following the script- just like Hitler Youth. No logic or reason…just irrational blind emotion. No informed dialogue…just propaganda and slogans.

    But know this: I have never denigrated ANYone- of any color or faith or ethnicity- in any walk of life- and I am 53 years old. I don’t NOW plan to begin, by voting for any candidate that has inspired so much hatred in his followers.

    How is this change we can believe in? How is this hope and unity?

    You told us to leave the party… that you were in charge. So we did. We will speak with our vote in Nov.

    That knife cuts both ways

    June 9, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. TESAP

    Yes lets vote for a woman who can't balance her own check book.....

    lol... please tell me what makes Clinton qualified other than being married to a former president..........

    June 9, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  21. Stevo PA

    It's About McCain or Obama: Take your Pick!

    June 9, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  22. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    FORE THOSE WHO VOTED BUSH, YOUR TURN TO DO

    IT AGAIN. STATISTICALLY SPEAKING, THOSE WHO DID

    BECAME THE POOREST. AND THE REST OF US NOT

    DOING THAT WELL. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, READ.

    June 9, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  23. Olivia

    PEACE AND PROSPERITY.....that is what Hillary would start to give back to this country with some good advise from her husband. Instead, Obama was pushed down our throats by some in the democratic party, superdelegates, media and pundits......like a well planned halloween play.
    In the process, a memorable president was called a racist and his legacy tainted for political reasons.

    This is a time to hang our heads. The nation and the world saw the butchering of our first female presidential candidate and the welcoming and elevation of our first black presidential candidate, who some say can walk on water.

    As One.

    June 9, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  24. Nom Deplume

    Obama will do what Maxine Waters suggests–

    Nationalize the oil and gas companies
    Raise the minimum wage
    Mandate back to work programs
    Pull out of NAFTA and end MFN trade status
    Impose windfall profit taxes on all industries. Screw the shareholders, they made enough.

    When foreign goods get more expensive, companies will build them here. Then we will hyave jobs again.

    June 9, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  25. Slected not Elected

    This 50 year long DEM will vote for Sen. John Mccain because the DNC crowned obama king, and remember obama was Slected not Elected.

    June 9, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
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