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.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (1,184 Responses)
  1. Syed

    As the process of so-called fixing the Wall Street is in session, I dont understand how you can regain trust of overseas investors. As you can realize the fact that a broad investment comes to Wall Street from overseas. Even though they can not vote for the next US President But there is a fear among them and a mistrust on Wall Street Books and Accounting .

    I like this question to be asked to the two candidates

    September 25, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  2. Donna from Colorado Springs

    McCains problem is that he won't give up his [we're winning in Iraq]stance because he has no other issues he knows anything about. He says he knows that the economy is bad, but he just doesn't grasp the concept of living from paycheck to paycheck, and wondering how you're going to pay your mortgage. He is so caught up on the "war on terrorism" that is the only selling point the republicans have, that he can't or wont see the bigger picture. People are terrified of losing their life savings and their homes. The last thing they're worried about is terrorism!

    September 25, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  3. Frank Lee

    Obama will debate an empty suit or an empty seat.

    McCain has lost his mind – he picked Caribou Barbie over Mitt Romney? He's lost it, in more ways than one.

    September 25, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  4. Lourdes

    McCain is a giant liar. his ads are still running, his campaign offices are still open (particularly in the battleground states) and he is politicizing the h*ll out of the bailout plan.

    he thinks we're stupid.

    CNN- please don't keep me in moderation forever.

    September 25, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  5. rm

    Evelyn:

    AOL straw poll says it all. Sounds like a poll sponsored by Fox News.

    September 25, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  6. Turning Virginia Blue!!

    Evelyn plain and simple if that's the only poll that you are going by then u may want to do a little more research. That is the problem with some our American voters they simply do not want to make informed decisions on the issues. Whether McCain is ahead or not, obviously this man is not stable and definitely his VP is not stable and ready. Please American make the right decision this time even if it hurts.

    Obama/Biden the only right choice....

    September 25, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  7. Dave

    Country First? What a joke. McCain's idiotic pandering is slimy and gutter politics at it's worst. God I hope he keeps doing it.
    If Gramps takes a dirt nap , we're left with a witchhunting looney tunes who thinks that because she can see Alaska she is a foreign Policy maven...dear God have mercy on this country.

    September 25, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  8. Bill Stapp

    I am beginning to see patterns of how Senators McCain and Obama handle themselves.

    This is important to me because it shows me how the next president would relate to the American people, and to leaders of the world.

    Senator McCain seems more distant. I don't see that he would have many press conferences. And his meetings with world leaders might be more aggressive. I don't think he would be a good host when foreign leaders visited.

    Senator Obama seems to like to reach out to people. He speaks to large crowds. He is already liked by foreign leaders. He would be a good host to foreign leaders who visited America.

    It seems to be true that Senator McCain would be more similar to President Bush than different.

    I think we need less of the similar and more of the different at this point in our economic and military decision-making.

    September 25, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  9. Al in Ft Lauderdale

    McCain just interjected himself at a VERY serious time in our country's history just for political posturing . He slowed down the important decision process while adding NOTHING .

    September 25, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  10. barb

    Man! I can't get over the state of our economy and yet , the polls are only slightly in Obama's favor! I'm freakin out here! What will it take to get people to vote America out of the rut we've gotten into?

    September 25, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  11. Lisa - VA

    This man is a JOKE...I have ZERO respect for him...

    September 25, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  12. LaVelle from Atlanta,GA

    It time for Americans to wake up and remember that it was the republicans who put us in this mess and it will take a leader who doesnt RUSH to figure complicated problems out, who has excellent judgment as well as knowledge to bring us back on top. Barack Obama can lead us back into greatness.

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

    I just heard no regulation and no taxes on this mess – WHAT?

    September 25, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  14. Turning Virginia Blue!!

    Evelyn- plain and simple if that's the only poll that you are going by then u may want to do a little more research. That is the problem with some our American voters they simply do not want to make informed decisions on the issues. Whether McCain is ahead or not, obviously this man is not stable and definitely his VP is not stable and ready. Please American make the right decision this time even if it hurts.

    Obama/Biden the only right choice

    Cnn please post this! Thanks

    September 25, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  15. Wake Up!!!

    America needs to wake up and realize that John Mccain is a joke. He has no integrity and is just pandering. He hasn't contacted members of the banking committee regarding the problem and hasn't even read the 5 page proposal by Paulson. How can he help? maybe serving the banking committee with water.

    September 25, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  16. Mike Harley

    Who was the goofy bugg-eyed Republican Congresswoman on Larry King's show tonight? I haven't seen pupils that dialated since 1968 Timothy Leary on an LDS trips. She looked like a cult compound escapee. If this is the face of the new Republican Party, they'd be better off if they dug up Reagan and propped him in front of a camera.

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

    What a joke! This man cannot be trusted, and, obviously, cannot handle the pressure of being POTUS. The fact that he has to retreat during an economic crisis makes me fear what he would do during a military crisis. Time waits on no one, and, most especially, the POTUS to make critical decisions. We have lost respect in the world over the past 8 years and if we do NOT change that direction I fear that our reputation as a world leader will be damaged beyond repair. Wake up America, if you think it is bad now, give the Repugs 4 more years and we will be lucky to be a third world country!!!

    September 25, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  18. let's take our country back

    As we say at the Chicago White Sox games:

    Nah Nah Nah Nah
    Nah Nah Nah Nah
    Hey Hey Hey
    GOODBYE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    BOJO 08
    FOR THE CHANGE WE NEED

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

    If you had a wife worth $100,000,000.00, 13 cars, and 7 homes while living off of the tax payers’ money, why would you think the economy is important? A lot of the American people believed everything Georgia W. Bush had said and they voted him in to the White House. I want to know will they believed everything John McCain says.

    McCain = no change

    Obama\Biden 2008

    September 25, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  20. foreigner in the US

    Don't worry Evelyn about the AOL straw poll. Even if Obama has good week, th AOL straw poll will show otherwise..................

    September 25, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  21. Adam in NC

    Debate the economy? Neither major candidate should feel comfortable doing that because neither will deal with the root cause of this crisis. The federal gov't is taking $400 billion per year out of the pool of money available to the financial sector. Neither major candidate has a plan to do the first thing that needs to be done, balance the budget. Instead they want to give $700 billion of our children's and grandchildren's money to Wall Street. Does anyone else hear that giant sucking sound?

    September 25, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  22. Susan

    COUNTRY FIRST Mr. McCain????

    YA-UHA

    SHAME!!!

    September 25, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  23. Bob C.

    Red33 in Cedar Rapids probably believes Obama is a Muslim. He should know McCain admitted to The Wall Street Journal on November 26, 2005 that "I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues. I still need to be educated." However, if you ask low-income workers, the poor, those without health insurance, and those whose jobs have been outsourced, Senator Obama would be favored, despite his lack of business experience. The differences are stark and clearly defined.

    September 25, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  24. Informed Voter

    Evelyn September 25th, 2008 9:14 pm ET
    I have been voting in the AOL straw poll this week and last week and
    today the numbers showed Obama 35% and McCain 65%. This is
    amazing in light of the official polls reported in the press that shows
    Obama ahead. Could someone please explain this to me?
    --------------------------------–
    Idiot .. in this poll you can vote more than once ..... + Republicans like you are always there ... voting for nothing (It's a Scientific Poll) .. LOL :)

    September 25, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  25. Progressive Veteran

    Anyone who digs a bit will discover McCain was not only a bad pilot but also a lousy Naval Officer whose advancement was paved by his family, influence and money. As a 21-year Navy Vet I used to respect him until I learned how scary he is. McCain is showing us exactly what kind of President he will make: indicisive, scatter-brained, and illogical. There there is the terribly dangerous VP choice...

    September 25, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
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