September 25th, 2008
08:44 PM ET
6 years ago

CNN Poll: It's the economy, more than ever

A new poll shows the economy is No. 1.
A new poll shows the economy is No. 1.

(CNN) – In what could be a bad sign for John McCain, more voters than ever before this election cycle feel the economy is the most important issue to their vote - a subject on which Barack Obama has consistently held an advantage.

According to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, nearly 6 in 10 registered voters now say the economy is more important than any other issue - a number that is almost a double digit jump from a similar poll taken in July. And it's nearly double the 35 percent of voters who thought the economy was the No. 1 issue in January.

Meanwhile, the issue John McCain is strongest on - Iraq - has steadily declined in importance among voters. In the latest poll only 10 percent of registered voters say it is most important, down from 25 percent who felt it was most important in July.

The poll was conducted September 19-21, entirely after the crisis on Wall Street unfolded. It surveyed 909 registered voters and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent.


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  1. Ron was a REP now a DEM

    No leadership
    No honesity
    No honor

    America deserves better than John McCain

    Vote Obama / Biden 08 Poise / Experiance

    September 25, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  2. Shin

    If McCain wins I'm leaving the military...

    September 25, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  3. D. C,

    Mc Cain will be in Mississippi Friday night. He has to be more than ever now or he will have to send Gov. Ready Palin.

    September 25, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  4. Independent - NH

    If my man Jim Sinclair said that Obama has the right idea with regards to his financail bail out proposal than I have to go with him. My vote is now for Obama. Sinclair is the only financail advisor that is worth listening to anymore.

    September 25, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  5. Republican Woman For Obama

    The Bush Administration and the McCain campaign are in cahoots together to delay the debate...this is really about delaying or canceling the VP debate all together! This bailout stinks to high heaven! No bailout! Debate debate debate!!! Let's not rush to do this like we rushed to invade Iraq!

    September 25, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  6. Independant in Indiana

    I am being forced to sell my house...
    There is no way I would vote for McBush or Failin.

    September 25, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  7. Chuck H.

    Plus he can not do more than one thing at one time!

    McCain-Phalin
    Campaign First!

    Obama-Biden
    Change We Need!

    September 25, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  8. Ron Paul, USA

    Memo to McCain: it's not about you, it's about us.

    September 25, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  9. Fred

    The problem with Iran will not go away with another war for us to pay with our tax dollars and/or more importantly, with the lives of American military. This idea that our nation must just tell Iran what they must do usually comes from people who don't have to fight.
    I do not believe Obama will meet unconditionally with the Leader of Iran, but the conditions should not include any statements like,
    "Do this or that or we will bomb your nation.
    Our big stick just isn't that big any longer, Our Army is tired and our equipment is worn out. Our nation cannot afford to waste them unless our country is really in danger.

    September 25, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  10. timco

    Everyone needs to pretend in the media that there is a race. Obama has this sewn up. All the polls and the articles are just there for advertising. It was over from day one.

    September 25, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  11. ednadavid

    It is really a shame that while we are in the midst of an internal crisis in the United States – Russia and China are consolidating their power and Hugo Chavez is in Russia selling oil to the Ruskies – we need to make some hard decisions and move on with the business of this country. On with the debates!!

    September 25, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  12. red33,cedar rapids, ia

    Anyone who thinks Obama would be better for the economy than McCain, does not understand the dangers of socialism, which Obama is 'pushing' for.

    September 25, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  13. Susan

    McCain voters – look at what happened the moment your guy got back to Washington – all the hard work blown out of the water – and for what? A political gamble. It's a peek at what he'll do to the entire country if you vote him in. Do some people in this country really fear a biracial president that much? I think that to this country's detriment, many people do.

    September 25, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  14. KENNY

    The debate last for about 90 minutes, people are making to many excuses for the MCCain camp.

    September 25, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  15. AZVoter

    Considering the 9 trillion dollar U.S. debt held by China and others, the Economy IS Foreign Policy.

    September 25, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  16. Obama- Next Stop.. White House

    I smell a Rat .....Replubs are back at it again.

    IT>>>>WILL>>>>NOT>>>>WORK

    Barack Your Vote!!!!

    September 25, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  17. Francheska

    This has been the craziest turn of events I have ever seen in my life and this us unnerving. McCain does these fly by the seat of your pants moves and you just can do that if you expect to lead a country that likes stability.

    September 25, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  18. velcro

    keating 5.

    mccain has a lot of experience when it comes to letting banks walk all over Americans.

    i think they should debate theit economy solutions and ideas.

    good luck, everyone

    September 25, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  19. JTA

    McCain made a big mistake injecting presidential politricks into the negotiations for the bail-out. It appears he has screwed things up.

    September 25, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  20. Dave

    Obama better be on his toes. After watching this stunt it becomes increasingly obvious that the GOP is getting desperate. After what happened in Florida 2000 and Ohio 2004, it wouldnt surprise me to see the GOP try to "steal" this election somehow. Like it hasnt happened before huh? Better get those election monitors ready, Mr Obama. And make sure you have a plan in place for a close election. All lawyers on deck please!

    September 25, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  21. hang_the_moose_sarah

    people are begining to see him for what he is. what he pulled yesterday after obama called him at 8;30 in the morning and then tries to jump the gun and look like a leader backfired. JOHN MCCAIN IS A SENIOR ACTING LIKE A CHILD.

    September 25, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  22. taylor adams

    All I have to say about McCain...I don't know he is a flip-flopper and a loser. Move out the way McCain, Obama & Biden are going to the WHITE HOUSE!!!!

    September 25, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  23. Obama: "That's above my pay grade"

    Question: Who's pay grade is above the President of the United States?

    This 1 Term Senator has NO CLUE and shouldn't even be nominated to run this country. He has done NOTHING people.

    Even your former Democratic "Hugh Hefner" Bill Clinton sees that Obama shouldn't be President!!!

    It's fun watching Democrats fight over their own party!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  24. Lets-Meetup.com

    These polls always go wrong.!!!

    September 25, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  25. JC

    But wait...I thought Obama said he displayed his leadership by being on the phone on a daily basis with white house, senate, and house leaders to resolve this issue. How can he issue a statement today that says "I don't know what the House Republicans want." Has he not been talking to them?

    September 25, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
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