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. nate

    Evelyn if you still even HAVE aol there's no point in even talking to you.

    September 25, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  2. Ella, TN

    I am sure that the parents of the intelligent voters here are proud. You understand the urgency of our nation and realize we cannot afford another dunce in the white house. Mr. Obama has proven to be quite intelligent and posed young man and as a white senior citizen I will proudly cast my vote for the sensible Obama/Biden ticket.

    September 25, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  3. maynard hopkins wi

    WAKE UP PEOPLE....ITS NOT MCCAIN OR BUSH OR CLINTON THAT GOT THE UNITIED STATES IN TO THIS MESS. IT IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE CONGRESS AND THE SPEAKER OF THE SENATE WHO HELPED GET THE USA HERE TODAY,,,,,OH BY THE WAY THESE TWO PEOPLE ARE DEMOCRATES.

    SO STOP POINTING FINGERS AND WILD STATEMENTS THAT IT IS MCCAIN OR BUSHES FAULT. THERE ARE FINGERS TO POINT ON BOTH SIDES.

    HERE IS THE SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM AND FUTURE PROBLEMS DOWN THE ROAD....THAT IS TERM LIMITS..IF TERM LIMITS WERE IN PLACE NOW THIS MIGHT NOT HAVE HAPPENED.

    IF YOU NOTICED WHO PUT COUNTRY FIRST AND POLITICS ON THE BACK BURNER...THAT SAYS ALOT . THERE IS A LEADER DOING THAT,

    REMEMBER IF TERM LIMITS WERE IMPOSED THIS WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED

    September 25, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  4. Michael Guilmette

    deb:Where is Cheney in all this? Besides
    making more money from oil. . .
    ******************
    Probably hunting for another Lawyer

    September 25, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  5. Maggie

    When will McCain release his complete medical record? I have some military friends who suggests he has bouts of PTSD. That isn't a reason to not vote for him but it would answer a lot of questions. Word around the hill is that he is a loose cannon. He will go off for the smallest reasons and sometimes no reason at all. Imagine that.

    September 25, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  6. JTA

    ME IN FL:

    Are you kidding? Obama wast the law review president at Harvard. With all due respect you have to have a fat brain and be able to comprehend a lot just to get into Harvard, let alone be elected president of law review. Come on!

    September 25, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  7. E.C.Coleman

    Senator John McCain has just shown the world what a FOOL is Obama, unqualified candidate wimp for president..........who knows nothing and does nothing, never has and never will. "Call me if you need me,"says Nobama.........................quote of the day ! My goodness, did he forget for a moment that HE IS A SENATOR AND IS EXPECTED TO BE IN WASHINGTON TO PERFORM HIS JOB THAT THE PEOPLE OF ILLINOIS ELECTED HIM TO DO??????????WHO IS THIS FRAUD, THIS IRRESPONSIBLE JERK WHO IS DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT??????????IF YOU PEOPLE OUT THERE ARE STUPID ENOUGH TO VOTE FOR HIM........YOU GET WHAT YOU ASKED FOR!!! NOTHING IN A NUTSHELL!!! AN EMPTY SUIT WHO DOESN'T EVEN UNDERSTAND THE JOB DESCRIPTION OF "SENATOR!"

    September 25, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  8. Rani McBride

    Mmmmm. Wonder who stalled the bipartisan agreement? I hope the American people will not be fooled again by this McSame guy.

    September 25, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  9. theresa haggerty

    I am an Independent and I can not possibly understand why anyone would vote for McCain and Palin. Did anyone see her interview with Katie Couric all I can say is oh my God. The Republicans have been in office for 8 years and look where we are. For those of you that think Obama does not have enough experience, well I take unexperience over stupidity any day of the year. We have to give someone else a chance no way no how no McCain Palin.

    September 25, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  10. NoMccain

    The ball is still in Mccain's court though. They are dragging their feet just so they miss the debates, and Barack Obama is going to look bad as the only person there at Ol Miss. while Mccain is still "hard at work" on the negotiations. This is nothing more than political posturing by Mccain at our expense.

    September 25, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  11. Brian MacDougall

    For all of those Republicans dismayed by the falling McCain numbers and the four and five point spread, get yourself over to intrade.com, where people vote with their dollars. McCain is getting HAMMERED! There is currently a nearly 15 point spread in Obama's favor. It's one thing to shoot your mouth off on a board, another to put your dollars behind your convictions.

    It's over. And McCain knows it.

    September 25, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  12. jim

    how can anybody believe that sara pallin is remotely qualified to be vp and a heartbeat from the presidency. the right wing nuts, who also would let the economy tank are terribly mis-guided.

    September 25, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  13. Brandon

    so Obama goes into the meeting and lays out the democrats' plans...and McCain "mr here i come to save the day" says NOTHING.

    John McCain is an Idiot!

    September 25, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  14. Look in your neighbors yards

    Look in your neighbors yards folks. there are McCain Palin signs everywhere... but WAIT.. the signs are right next to the FOR SALE sign...
    This is not a Joke! In coldwater michigan every McCain sign has a for sale sign next to it... coincidence???
    Looks like the same sensibilities of those folks and thier pocket books are the ones that ran the government and administration.
    AMERICA IS FOR SALE and the republicans LOWERED THE PRICES.
    they lower taxes got rid of expensive jobs and brought us nice cheap jobs or even better NO JOBS. Say what you want FOX NEWS fans... you might not like Obama, but you got to admit his signs are just the only thing in the yard for his supports.

    September 25, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  15. nola

    McCain does not know if he is coming or going – for all you people that believe that he is capable of putting this country back on track – please take a good hard look at his actions today – This man has no idea of the financial status of this country.

    September 25, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  16. R. Cooper

    And it's curtains, more now than ever, for McCain/Palin.

    September 25, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  17. Jim from New York

    Is it possible that McCain has suspended the campaign to keep Sarah away from HER scheduled debate?

    September 25, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  18. Marcus

    Bin Ladin made it clear, his true objective was to destroy the American economy. These statements were made before the 2004 elections. We as a country have withstood grave terrorist attacks for decades, but have always rebounded. But now we face the greatest terror ever, ourselves. I'm guilty, guilty of being a resident of the South. There is a old saying, the South will rise again, not if we elect McLame and Pal shame.

    African-Americans should take full blame. We allow our super star athletes to attend schools who refuse to hire black head coaches, kudus to Mississippi State. A 50'ish white resident of Ohio stated no one in his entourage would ever vote a black man for President, but Ohio State has won numerous of national titles on the arm and legs of African Americans. Texas, a large Republican state, has been given to the Republicans, but here we are facing financial ruin and half of the coast lay in ruins.

    LA. has not recovered from Katrina, several African -American males were facing long sentences because of a school fight, but superb Black Athletes choose the state school every year.

    Coach Bear Bryant change alot of opinions around 1972 with the game of football, maybe African American athletes can change attitudes by just saying no,

    It's a shame, I can play ball for you, generate large amounts of revenue, but someone who looks like me can't be President, go figure??? Obama should be way ahead in this election.

    September 25, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  19. Lilly 2

    CNN – Why don't you warn those who would like to comment that chances are if someone has something good to say about McCain you probably won't post it. 90% of my comments are not posted on "the ticker"

    September 25, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  20. hard workin ohio

    No bailout! No communism! Prayer can save the economy.

    McCain 08!

    September 25, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  21. Jeff In Ohio

    McCain suspends campaign: 1 mill a day saved.
    McCain goes to Washingon to save the Day: $2000 on the Hot Air Express
    McCains presence tanks bail out: priceless

    John McCain, putting himself first, country second.

    September 25, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  22. liz for hillary clinton

    Whatever people we have a democratic congress REMEMBER!!! McCain 08 HILLARY 2012. THE MARKETS will be OKAY. As long as the GOVT does not FORCE banks to lend money to people that can't afford to OWN a house. What ever happened to renting an apartment. People that CAN't and should not own homes should live in apartments.....These people always live beyond their MEANS...THAT IS WHAT GOT US IN THIS BIG MESS......CRISIS...AND BANKS MAKING SHADY LOANS...well average people working for these banks forcing loans on people that did not qualify...

    my brother got a LOAN to buy a NEW truck and guess what...he does not even have a JOB....we laughed about it but c'mon in all seriousness...how many loans are out there like his...he only had the truck for 1 yr bc he could NOT make payments....DA DA DA

    NOBAMA knows nothing about the ECONOMY remember the flopper he wants to do AWAY with NAFTA but wait maybe that wouild not be a good idea...I think I will keep "some" of it. Geez he is such a true socialist. I really really really wanted Hillary to be the 1st WOMAN president of the U.S.A. AND NOBAMA is getting people to VOTE that HAVE never voted and frankly do NOT know anything I mean ANYTHING about politics. Some of these people think it is a popularity CONTEST.

    September 25, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  23. june

    People it is not the Republican fault for the problems in Wall Street and the economy , both parties are the cause, both the Democrats and the Republicans signed and voted for everything, as a matter of fact the Dems are the majority in the white house and should be blamed more, so don't go blaming the Republicans and McCain, and don't beleive Obama when he said McCain and the Republican are the cause of the economy to crash, he is grabing at this opportunity to fool people who does not know how the senate works.

    September 25, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  24. Andrew in Chicago

    Barack work, I don't think he knows what that is. I'd love to have his hours! He's at his 'job' about 18% of the time and gets paid for it. I should run for Senate. I could handle about 7 hours a week, get great benefits and a great salary, FOR LIFE!!! We don't need a lazy democratic senator from IL. Another thing, why is Barack so afraid of a townhall meeting type of debate? He could probably hide a ear piece and have his advisers answer all of the questions as he usually does. He won't do it because he has NO PLANS, just a script to read from. Wake up America, it's all about him. He has no plans on how to run this country, he's just a puppet!!

    September 25, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  25. its about time

    Im just glad mcwain did what he did in the past week. People...you see it in your own eyes. Use your intelligence and not ego. Obama has been stable and consistent

    September 25, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
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