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. robert

    First of all Hillary isn't the best candidate for the economy.I live in NY , upstate NY has been losing jobs-and she hasn't helped those people.So lets get real here.This is just a crapshoot.And with the Bush / McCain policies this country is in a mess.Bring home the troops-stop paying the middle East for oil-bring joibs back to America
    -stop worrying about other countries economies.Bush is so worried about making the Middle East a Democracy–while he's runied our Democracy

    June 9, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  2. Really?

    Clinton Supporters. You can blame "sexism" and the media all you want, but (a) HRC went with the "inevitable" argument and most people like to root for underdogs; (b) HRC chose not to compete in any caucuses; (c) HRC had no strategy past Super Tuesday, thinking it would be over by then; (d) as a result of "c," HRC was completely uncompetitive in 11 straight primaries and causes where Obama opened up what proved to be an insurmountable lead; (e) Bill made some unseemly and untimely comments that rightfully offended many; and (f) HRC's Florida/Michigan arguments were so far beyond disingenuous after saying over and over last fall that the votes in those states would not count. These are the objective facts.

    As for the "free ride" that Obama got - was there ever anything in the history of television news played more frequently than than the Rev. Wright mean-spirited, unpatriotic and vitriolic speeches or the focus on his "bitter" speech? Free ride, my butt.

    Clinton lost because she ran a lousy campaign based on a false sense of entitlement. And the continued cries of "sexism" and media favoritism do nothing to change that.

    It's over. Hilary has pledged to Barack. I hope her supporters see the light and do the same. If you care about the direction of this country, you will.

    June 9, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  3. Jim in Wisconsin

    Vote for McCain who admitted to knowing nothing about the economy...I don't even want to imagine what would happen to the economy if McCain won.

    DEMS UNITE!!!

    OBAMA 2008/2012!!!

    June 9, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. sheep

    Will someone please give me an example where OBAMA didnt treat HILLARY with respect , I watched listened ,, the media may have been biased ,,but he had numerous media negative coverage ,,case in point fox playing 10 sec. sound bites over and over for hours that went to days to months ..In 28 years they found sound bites of 10 sec. Im not sure they couldnt find a negative from about every church in AMERICA .. I do not agree with the words in the sound bites but i took time to listen to the message and you may be surprised what the contex was. Martin LUTHER KING would not have made it thru fox HIS sound bites would have been played and HE never would have been a important part of all of AMERICA. There were few times when they would respond to there campaign ..But if they hadnt you accused him of being a whimp ...And i know for a fact if a AFRICAN AMERICAN man would have verbally attacked HILLARY it would have been played over and over ,,it never happened so HE was labeled weak ,, He had just as hard of a time breaking through unjust's we have for women and minorities . Common sense tells me these 2 groups would ban togeather because of this not fight each other ..Your pointing the finger at the wrong person. AND THERE ARE ALOT OF REPUBLICANS ON HERE TYPING FALSEHOODS TO CREATE HATE

    June 9, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. vw

    I just want to say to those counterfeit democrats and those Hillary supporters. Vote for McCain. We welcome the decline of America and the US as a third world country. We don't care, vote for McCain. The way we see it is your job will probably go first then all that you own and then your family.

    June 9, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. JOHN

    I MUST SAY I AM THRIVING UNDER THE BUSH ECONOMY......BUT DONT WORRY MY LITTLE OBAMA CULT MEMBERS I WILL BE HELPING YOU OUT FINANCIALLY SOON. TAX INCREASES FOR THE RESPONSIBLE ARE ON THE HORIZON (TAKE FROM THE RICH GIVE TO THE POOR)

    SO PLEASE INSTEAD OF BEING FINACIALLY RESPOSIBLE KEEP PAYING FOR CELL PHONE'S, CABLE AND OTHER THINGS YOU DONT REALLY NEED HOPE AND CHANGE IS COMING......

    June 9, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. I'm from NC

    In life there are times when you have a little and times when you have a lot. The economy is going to go up and down, there is no politician on earth that can change that. It is the hard-working American people who will keep us as a nation on track... so long as we don't let the government get in our way or do too much to interfere. Because if we give into that temptation we are sunk.

    June 9, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. Concerned Citizen for America

    Timber writes: Four more years of republicans will almost be worth seeing all of you fall flat on your faces. No more money from me to the DNC, there is not a brain cell amongst the bunch of them.

    Well Timber, we all only have one vote. I will be able to look at myself in the mirror knowing that I tried to elect a Dem who would be more inclined to get us out of Iraq, fix this economic mess we are in rather than more of the same that has gotten us into this mess. If McCain were to win and nominate several more conservative extremists on the Supreme Court, everything Hillary has stood for all these years, will disappear. Your satisfaction of seeing THIS COUNTRY fall flat on it's face will be short lived when you are paying 5 and 6 dollars per month for gasoline along with higher food prices and everything else. I'm very sorry for you that you are this bitter. I'll donate a little extra to the DNC to make up for your bitterness. Have a great Day :o)

    June 9, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  9. karen

    Obama will win in Nov and Hillary will help him!!! If you read Obama's blue print for economic change it is the most realistic!! Put people back to work!!!!! Not the wealthy sucking the guts out of America!!! Build bridges, roads and a new green technology!!!!! We need jobs here in the USA!!! Anyone think McCain–who has NO IDEA how real people live or work (he lives off his wifes millions) can not come close to Obama's future for American workers. When Obama went to work as an organizer on the south side of Chicago his pay was $12,000 a year and a $2,000 car allowance. Obama understands poverty and how important putting America back to work IN America is!!!

    June 9, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. JEFF

    FOR ALL YOU OBAMA SUPPORTERS STOP CRYING ABOUT FINANCES IF YOU KEEP SENDING THE RACIST MONEY......YOU CANT BE THAT BROKE HE IS LIVING HIGH ON THE HOG DUE TO YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT........SMART.

    NOW I UNDERSTAND WHY YOU PEOPLE CANT MANGE YOUR FINANCES.

    FYI.....IF YOU DONT HAVE IT DONT SPEND IT

    June 9, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  11. ken

    The fierce agency of now!

    June 9, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  12. Larry in TX

    Our economy has tanked because our dollar has fallen. The price for everything, most visibly oil, has risen dramatically as a result. Our dollar is part of a global market, no longer the center of the economic universe.

    Why has it fallen? Mostly, the incalculable accumulating debt from our misadventure in Iraq. Nation building there has meant nation eroding here. That erosion includes the disappointment of having been misled and poorly led for eight years.

    Somehow, the Fox pundits and talk radio jockeys only view money spent on people as government waste. The Democrats are "tax and spend," while the Republicans are "defending freedom." And yet, all the proposed social programs together would not equal the cost of this war.

    Want change? Vote Democratic. Let's go from an abomination to an Obamanation.

    June 9, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. A-Man

    Hillary supports make me laugh. I am Canadian and obviously will not vote. These Hillary supporters that switch to McCain – the most sexist party by far, do so because they think Obama is sexist. Some are not voting at all – ok if you care about yourself and politics who are you hurting, you think if you hurt yourself in trying to hurt a Obama supporter you some how have won. It is like there is a fire and half the people think you should go one way and the other half the other and you fight and end up going the other. Now you did not get your way so you pull everyone down instead of al getting out. Does nto mean you would not have got out your way but by all means get out. Hear is some advise to you all. You do not vote for a leader you vote for a party, the leader just is the voice of that party. Suddenly allt he Hillary supporters think they live in a dictatorship. And why are you blamiong the DNC they did Hillary a favor at the request of Obama and others. Reality is by the rules Florida and Michigan were out. Now just because your party has choosen a diffenet past why would you hurt yourself, support your party.

    June 9, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. After further review,Texas

    Ron Paul is right,the Federal Reserve bank must be abolished.They are printing fake money with nothing to back it.They make money by lending.People dont realize they are not a government institution.They are the largest group of money lenders in the world,mush the same as the money changers in the temple when Christ threw them out.

    June 9, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. j

    I have to agree. My mortgage is higher than the value of my home. I'm having difficulties getting back into the job market after returning to college for a degree and the rising prices are causing me pause every time I think about taking a trip to the store. Thank you so much for the wonderful job you've done to destroy the economy – Bush/Cheney!

    June 9, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. Kileba

    If u want 2 vote mcsame,go ahead.Its u 2 pay 4 the consequencies with a failling economy and war.U wil shot urself on the foot. U need DNC to lead America.

    June 9, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. Shannon Shiflett

    impeach & convict the bush administration.

    clinton supporters, quit yer crying and get behind the democratic nominee so we can defeat the republicans in november. this is no time for your personal indulgences in resentment because your candidate lost–move on, that's democracy!

    June 9, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. Mar

    A VOTE FOR OBAMA = A VOTE FOR JERIMIAH WRIGHT, TONY REZKO, WILLIAM AYERS AND FATHER PFLAEGER.
    DO YOU WANT THESE PEOPLE IN OUR WHITE HOUSE BECUASE THAT’S WHERE THEY WILL BE IF YOU VOTE FOR OBAMA.
    HIS RELATIONSHIPS WITH THESE PEOPLE SHOW HIS VERY BAD JUDGEMENT.
    SAY NO TO OBAMA

    Let the campaign begin

    Rev Wright
    Tony Rezko
    Michelle Obama
    Louis Farrakhan
    William Ayres
    Bernadine Dorhn
    Rev Wright
    Ahmad Yousuf (Hamas)
    Frank Marshall Davis
    Michelle Obama
    Father Pfleger
    Rev Wright
    George Soros
    Raila Odingo
    Abongo Obama
    Black Panthers
    Fidel Castro
    Rev Wright
    Rashid Khalidi
    Nadhmi Auchi
    Rev Meeks
    Michelle Obama

    June 9, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. Rudy NYC

    The economy is in poor shape. No one has mentioned that sustaining the Bush tax cuts would add almost $1 trillion dollars to the national debt, by the way. I am all for small goverment, and tax cuts. But, the government exists for a reason, the people and not big business and the wealthy.

    The US just recently spent $35 billion to bail out Wall Street, and more to bail out taxpayers in the form of the recent "tax relief" checks. The Wall Street fiasco was caused in large part by deregulation in the name of small government and trickle-down economics. Consider what the cost of regulation would have been. Better yet, How many years of regulation would $50 billion pay for?

    In the 1980 GOP primaries, Bush Sr, called Reagan "trickle down" ecomonic plan "voodo economics". It was greeted with enthusiasm and hailed as revolutionary. Since that time most economists have rejected the idea as good and paper, but unworkable in reality because of simple greed.

    June 9, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  20. enomisa

    Personally, I'll be okay.

    So I can afford to protest with my vote and NOT vote Obama. For the first time in 35 years, I break with my party.

    My last serious protests were in 1967-1972.

    I'm Old but still a fighter.

    June 9, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. Who is Hillary???

    TO HILLARY SUPPORTERS
    You cannot continue to live in the past !!! "If only..." is not going to help us pay pay that freaking gas out there! Time for bitterness is over . Now it is time to ...well...try to keep something in the pocket!!! And the least that american people want to hear is "If only,...".
    Dear friends , I understand but think about what we are facing now! Educate yourselves about what all these different nominees have to offer and make a choice for November. Do not care who you choose .Just show yourself to be educated in your choice and stop whining for God'sake!!! Take your destiny in your hands!!!

    June 9, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. Clinton Supporter

    I see Americans are rating the economic situation as "poor." I submit that Americans don't have a clue what "poor" really is. We have built an entire economy on cheap oil, and we have more prosperity than any other country in the world, at least for the moment.

    Neither Obama nor McCain is up to the task. We "ain't seen nothun' yet!"

    And ps: Hillary Clinton CANNOT be held responsible for bringing in 18 million+ voters. We are 18 mill. individuals, not 18 mill. lemmings. I'm sure the DNC will continue to try to badger her with public threats of a diminished place in Democratic politics. This is the most outrageous cop out we've seen yet from them.

    June 9, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. You made this bed

    We are optimistic- that is why we can afford to break with the DEM party.

    Well, HATERS for Obama, you made this bed. Now lie in it for 4 MORE years. For months these blogs have been filled with Anti-Hillary ANTIPATHY (antipathy for those who are different?). I have tried for months to call for unity. I said that the hate would backfire. I warned of the dangers of unity by division and hate.

    CNN always moderated me out. They had their agenda to gain Obama the nomination. So they had plenty of space to post all the hatred- even foul filthy vulgar comments made it to the posts.
    You can thank your own selves, CNN, MSNBC, and even Michelle Obama (for saying on National Television that she would have to think about voting for HRC if Hillary were the nominee).

    So much for replacing R administration with a D administration, so much about voting for the party, so much for remember the values we all share as DEMS, so much for the Supreme Court, Roe vs Wade and the war in Iraq.

    What is good for the black goose is good for this white gander.

    June 9, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  24. Peejay

    The percentage of respondents who believe economic conditions are good is very similar to the percentage of those who still support Bush. Could it be that they are one and the same? As for me, I'll be glad to do my part as soon (if ever) I receive my stimulus payment. The IRS had no problem debiting my tax payment in a matter of hours but couldn't seem to directly deposit my "rebate".

    June 9, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  25. john

    A vote for john McCain is a vote to turn a recession into a full blown depression 1929 style. Whilst America's economy sinks, the Rusian Chinese Indian economies continue to grow Europes economy has stabilised, the once poweful engine of the worlds economy is sputtering to a halt the rest of the world is rapidly decoupling from the USA. and continues its upward march.

    There is only one entity to blame for this it is called the REPUBLICAN PARTY in which John McCain was an enthusiastic participant.
    It is as though the REPUBLICANS were determined to ruin the American economy and the value of the Dollar.

    The only sensible remedy is to vote Democrat in the name of BARACK OBAMA come november, for it has become an historic fact that the Democratic party and presidents have pulled America out of these economic woes on a regular basis after failed REPUBLICAN administrations

    Vote Obama November for economic recovery and homeland security.

    June 9, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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