June 9th, 2008
07:10 AM ET
2 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. R.I.F.

    I still believe a lot of these "if not Hilary, then McCain" bloggers are really republicans stirring the pot, but for those who are actually democrats or demorcrat-leaning, you really need to take the emotional aspect out of this and look at the issues. Hillary and Obama were about the same on 95% of all the important issues, especially economy related. The big disagreement that they had was the gas tax hoiday idea that Hillary supported which was actually dreamed up by McCain. On that issue, regardless of whether you liked Obama or not, he was 100% correct in saying that it was a gimmick and his position was supported by every economist on the planet, as well as 90% of congress, both dem and rep.

    We also need to realize that it's not like it's just Hillary or Obama crafting every policy. That's why they have a cabinet to help work the issues and we need a Democratic cabinet in control. McCain is totally opposite of not just Obama, but also Hilary and the entire democratic party on all major issues so it would be silly to vote for him because you are upset that Hillary lost. Also, she didn't lose because of the media or sexism, she lost because she had a flawed campaign stratagy and any independent person would tell you. Yes,sexism played a small part, but so did racism. Let's just unite and take back the White House and start thinking like responsible adults.

    June 9, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  2. David Goldman for OBAMA

    HERE IS HOW MONEY WORKS.

    IF YOU HAVE $10 IN YOUR POCKET

    & I REACH OUT & TAKE IT, YOU

    NO LONGER HAVE IT. THAT IS

    WHAT BUSH DID. OUR MONEY

    IS IN IRAQ, IN VARIOUS FORMS,

    BUT NOT HERE.

    VOTE MCBUSH & GAS WILL BE $8,

    BY THE END OF HIS FIRST TERM.

    June 9, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  3. Loic ( african concerned by the lack of education some Americans have)

    I just don't understand why americans are wiiling to vote for someone whose goal is to increase the unemployment rate and the death toll in Iraq. Most of the people claiming to have supported hillary b/c of her policies and now threatening not to vote for B.O, do have another agenda. folks, we all know what it is.
    Do you really understand the consequences of your childlike attitude.
    BTW i live in africa i cant imagine how uneducated americans are. so far, this is the image that you are presenting to the world by spewing bitter comments & threats about your candidates.
    Why dont you go to the candidate website & learn what his policies are. Is it to much to ask?
    35000 unemployed & 4500 deaths(soldiers), job have shipped overseas, Economic depression ,more debt to China, poor performance at school.
    Sorry i'm a 28 year old college graduate and i dont even live in the US.
    Cnn post it pls!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 9, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. Bayousara

    "The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer" fits the current scenario.

    I feel sorry for families who are struggling–as a single retired person I can't imagine trying to make ends meet in this economic climate.

    And seniors are having their problems, too, with continual rising prescription prices, cost of groceries, transportation.

    June 9, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  5. Agnostic Democrat

    If Hillary and McCain couldn't manage their campaigns decently – which by the way is the biggest enterprise ANY of the candidates will run in their lifetime – how the hell did they plan to manage our economy and governmental budget? Loans from their respective spouses?

    Crickets ... crickets ... crickets ...

    June 9, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. Glad

    I'm just glad that the Obama camp can win without all the HRC supporters that they trashed and bashed.

    I mean since we are all racist (you say rascist, I say racist) redneck, inbred, ignorant, undeducated moronic idiots anyway.

    Oh i forgot old geezer losers (you say loosers, I say loser)

    Good luck with the unity by hate and division tactic.

    June 9, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. captain

    To all Republicans:

    To paraphrase Ronald Reagan – Are you better off today than you were 8 years ago?

    June 9, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. Tejano

    A Democratic Congress and this is the result. No policies, no guts, no new ideas. tax, Tax Tax, Tax. Start drilling for oil on American soil.
    Start building new refineries. Start rebulding our roads and bridges.
    Then watch the economy soar.

    By the way, 95% of the employable people in the U.S. are employed.

    3% will not work even if offered a job and free health care to booth.

    Easier to live off everyone else.

    June 9, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. Tony

    To the author of "To Those Saying It's the Republican's Fault":

    A great post, and completely accurate. We're ALL to blame, and there's plenty of blame to spread around. We need to work TOGETHER to fix things, and end this partisan bickering. Rather than vote your party (whatever it is), you owe it to yourself to listen to the candidates and decide who YOU think would be the best President.

    And for those who keep going on and on and on about "I have a friend who told me all these 'upset Democrat' posts are really Republicans...give it a rest. Nobody believes it and the news is FULL of upset Hillary supporters...or are THEY also Republicans masquerading in disguise?? Take some anti-paranoid pills or something and let it go.

    Let's listen to the candidates, respect each other, look forward not backward, and stop with the partisanship...which means that WE don't make jokes about "McSame", "Nobama", etc. Regardless whether or not you like them, they deserve respect for their willingness to serve in the best interests of the country.

    June 9, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. Brian

    "June 9th, 2008 8:39 am ET

    It's time to get the democrats out of Congress. After 2 years they have destroyed the economy and caused record oil prices.

    Aren't these two of the things they promised to fix??"

    Seriously Matt? The Dems don't have enough Senators to get by a the Repubby filibusters and do not have enough votes to override Bush's veto!

    That's OK this is all fixable coming in November the Repubbies will finally be held accountable.

    June 9, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. No unity ever

    Good thing this was a fair primary.

    Good thing that no one ganged up to throttle and trash HRC.

    Good thing I never saw Richardson TRASH both Clintons on national tv in the most hateful of ways, while preaching against negativism.

    Good thing we had DEAN and Pelosi at the helm.

    Good Thing Michelle Obama never said that she would not vote for HRC if Hillary was the party nominee.

    Good thing millions did not witness the media rape of the BEST candidate just to punish the Clintons.

    Now we will all UNITE.

    June 9, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. GC from Virginia

    Hillary in '12?

    To anyone voting for McCain so Hillary can run again in 2012, I have some bad news. If Obama loses this election, Hillary will never have a chance at the Presidency. That's a guarantee. Consider how she's been treated over the course of this campaign. If Obama loses, the media and the extremist Obama supportors will blame her (with, I think, a certain degree of accuracy). Sure, she has 18 million supporters out there. But Obama also has 18 million supporters. No Democrat will win without both groups.

    We (we being Hillary supporters – I voted for her in my primary) have to think about this rationally. An Obama loss is the worst-case-scenario for Hillary. It would most likely signal the end of her political career. She will have no shot at the Presidency, as no Obama supporters will vote for her. And she could even lose her position in the Senate, because a large portion of her New York constituency will have turned on her as well. Bottom line: if we have any respect for her, we have to vote for Obama.

    Voting for him may betray some of our principles. But voting for McCain betrays most of our principles, and betrays all of Hillary's. We CANNOT take the low road.

    And again, we really cannot hold Obama responsible for the comments of his supporters on this blog or any other. There are millions of idiots in this county (hence two Bush terms), and some are going to vote for every candidate. For each evil, vile, hate-spouting Obamabot, there is an evil, vile, hate-spouting Clintonite. And probably two evil, vile, hate-spouting Republicans. Do not punish yourselves and your neighbors with another Republican administration because of some posts you read on the internet. It's petty, it's irresponsible and it's beneath all of us.

    June 9, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. Lynn

    Obama has so many skeletons in his closet and of course Michelle. I wonder how many more are going to come out before the election. I heard today on TV that they have a full team of people to go after any criticism on his wife. There must be alot out there if he needs a whole team. I hope my candidate Hillary Clinton is not on his ticket, but of course he does not want her. . He's nothing compared to her. But, I would support her if she would be, I've been with her since day 1 of her campaign.

    June 9, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. anonymous

    I've heard John McCain's new ad and I don't like it. He says that anyone who talks tough and romantic about war is a fraud well
    does that include John McCain singing "lets bomb Iran" to the beach boys music. What a joke.

    June 9, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  15. Sue

    Obama has already said he will increase taxes, which will of routine practicality raise prices. Now how will that make America better?

    We will get to pay the feds more taxes every year on top of a higher price for bread, milk, etc. Sure, go ahead and vote for this "change" if you know for certain that increasing daily costs are better for you.

    June 9, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  16. JL, GA

    All you republicans and fake democrats.

    Unless you have millions and are able to weather the economy storm brewing for you and your hundreds of family members, you will be in the same situation as the Obama supporters when you vote McCain.

    The same won't help you. We need CHANGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And Rev. Wright was in the WhiteHouse with the Clintons! Some of those other names just a differ name same bad judgement.

    June 9, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  17. no Hillary vp

    Mar you are a dreamer why don't you go into genealogy there you can secure a longer list of names to add to yours since your list is all dead anyway.
    Sure a hang out on here of Republicans acting as Hillary fallowers . To a Republicans fault-How can you say it is all congress fault remember Bush has been in almost 8 years and he vetoes most everything .

    June 9, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. Still believe

    Warning to R.I.F and others.

    Keep blogging your disbelief in HOW serious and determined we HRC supporters are.

    It has workes so well so far... TO UNITE US BEHIND HILLARY.

    HEAR ME NOW: I am a lifelong Democrat who was for HRC and I am now ONLY for HRC. The democratic party lost its own values and ideals in this primary. The newbies are filled with hate.

    June 9, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. MM

    Hillary is out. Now focus on the issues and the difference between McCain and Obama's platforms. For those that said that the Democrats have had control of the congress for the last two years and haven't done anything. They are under a Republican president. They have a small majority in Congress so to get anything done has been in small steps as they need Republican support to do so. I think that this election we will see a Democratic president with a bigger democratic majority in congress and hopefully some real bi-partisan work done with the Republicans in order to clean up this mess. We, as the American people, also have to learn to not be so selfished - park your SUV and try to do some conservation on your own instead of demanding the low priced gas be availalbe at all times to fulfill your consumption wants. We can impact the demand side of the gas equation.

    June 9, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    WORLD CONFIDENCE IN $ DOWN.

    VALUE OF $ DOWN

    SPENDING OUR MONEY

    ON IRAQ WAR BY HUNDREDS

    & HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS.

    POLITICIANS THAT DID IT GETTING

    EVEN RICHER WITH OUR MISERY.

    ALL OF US, DEMOCRAT & REPUBLICAN

    NEED TO EAT.

    IF YOU WERE DROWNING, &

    ECONOMICALLY WE ARE, WOULD

    YOU LET OBAMA PULL YOU OUT.

    MCBUSH NOT ONLY CAN'T.

    HE WON'T. HE JUST LOVES THAT WAR.

    June 9, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. To R.I.F.

    The hate drove us away.

    Now dismiss us as not for real... and watch even more commit themselves to this cause.

    We protest in this country for what is right. Fair elections, fair play, unbiased press coverage, respect for ALL candidates- even the 'HO'.

    We will stand by Hillary Clinton now and for the REST of her career. Watch us bra-burning fanatics do exactly that.

    Believe it.

    June 9, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  22. Windy

    That recent CNN poll mentioned on this website earlier, showed Obama ahead of McCain by three points in head-to-head with McCain, and by four points when you had Nader and Barr. I did not see mentioned on this website (but read in pollster.com) that Obama crushes Clinton among Democrats nationwide:

    Obama 59, Clinton 35 (447 RV)

    You add that to CNN's poll of polls listed here which also gives Obama a double-digit lead among Democrats, and it is clear that Democrats simply prefer Obama to Clinton, and the superdelegates would have had to defy the will of their party to choose her. Democrats have gotten to know Obama, and he is now clearly their preferred candidate.

    June 9, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. Tony

    Okay, let's go ahead and get it out of our systems, shall we????

    "I personally know this guy who's a Republican, and he told me that he and every Republican he knows in the entire Universe are spending all day posting blog comments pretending to be angry Democrats. They HAVE to be, because we Democrats are above being angry or petty!".

    People, we Republicans don't HAVE to post comments...there are plenty of angry Clinton supporters still out there. And frankly, we don't really care that much; or do you think we only spend time thinking about you? Try being a little less egotistical.

    How it all ends up with Clinton vs. Obama supporters is up to you guys, but I hope that in the end we ALL (every one of us) vote for the best CANDIDATE, not the party line. Or is that line of thinking uncomfortable for you??

    I WILL tell you, however, that one distinct difference I and other Republicans have noticed is a noticeably more arrogant, malicious, petty, etc. attitude from Obama supporters...much more so than from Clinton supporters. Many Obama supporters seem like cult followers who see "others" as meaningless and without value...including comments about age, education, etc. Hey, I've got news for you people...most of the truly influential people in this country have better things to do than endlessly blog and insult others, as you'll find out soon enough.

    June 9, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  24. BE FAIR HILLARY SUPPORTERS

    All you Hillary Supporters who claim they will not vote for OBAMA!! Did you read this article, and read it carefully!!! So after you read this tell yourself, who was the president that let this happen??? Then ask yourself, if you still want this to go on!!!!!!!!! If so VOTE MCCAIN, If not then for OBAMA, Simple as that! and stop crying saying that everyone was mean to her, she was the only one throwing the blows to Obama, and now it just back fired!!!

    OBAMA08

    June 9, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  25. Obama 08/12 Hillary no vp

    Keep erasing comments Cnn nothing new with you./ we already know you were pushing Hillary in every tactic you can come up with now its her for VP and you and your stupid made up to suit cnn polls .
    You know ots a NO for HILLARY .

    June 9, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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