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. Brian in SC

    Someone mentioned about being forced from their home with the bad economy. My wife and I had put our townhome on sale in Virginia (March 07) and where not able to sell it until March 08. We had to live and work in another state and with a month's notice prior to the sell of our home, come up with over $7,000 to close and pay off our mortgage. I refuse to vote for McSame or Failin... Americans should not have to struggle like we have. Especially being recent graduates of two pretigous universities. I want my grandkids to know one day...that grandpa did his part to say no to insanity...believing the same actions will acheive more.

    Obama-Biden 08!

    September 25, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  2. Hopeful in LA

    Me in FL and JC both you fools just don't get it. We are in a fight of our lives and our children's lives and you just sit on the side line and talk about Obama being selfish something is wrong here because if it wasn't selfish and unpresidential for McCain to LIE and say that he is canceling his campaign because the country needs him you are as stupid as you sound. Do you realize this a$$ has chosen a woman that states that her living in Alaska near Russia gives her foreign policy experience she is CRAZY to allow them to do that to her. Did you see her interview with Katie Couric???????? What a waste of TIME and SPACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  3. Mike - Tulsa

    Enough already.. wait the Dem control congress. I will not vote for one for the White House.

    September 25, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  4. Obama all the way!

    Obama is the better person to get us out of this mess. You can bash him for things like inexperience and such, but if you look into his legislation that he worked on and such, he has more experience than republicans give him credit for. It is definitely time for a change and McCain's financial advisors (yes, both candidates have advisors) are not nearly as smart as Obama's advisors. That is why McCain's economic plans are non-existent because I'm pretty sure his advisors are unsure of a good approach so that he won't continue to "flip-flop" his views...

    In answer to Evelyn, you cant trust AOL polls because they are not randomized or controlled. In statistical analysis, it is important to get a representative database of registered American voters by randomizing who you ask your questions to. It is very possible that the majority of people that use AOL are wealthier people or strong republicans. Because there is no way to know your database of test subjects, polls like the ones released by CNN are probably more representative of the American population.

    September 25, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  5. Eileen

    ME IN FL: Are you serious? I'm a fairly critical person and I have studied both candidates extensively. Obama is not "all about him", that's for sure. McCain, however, is willing to do whatever it takes to win..... at our expense. McCain is smart but Obama is extremely intelligent. McCain has admitted he knows nothing of economics – Obama does. McCain has wanted to deregulate the finance industry for years. That means no watchdog. Obama knew that was a bad idea.

    Obama cited his plan in march – McCain followed months later and when I heard it, I immediately knew he copied Obama's plan. That is a cheater who is willing to steal to win. Obama did not call a press conference to announce his plan – that is where he went wrong. When McCain stole Obama's ideas he called a press conference knowing if people heard it they'd think those ideas were his. I do not respect people like that. I'm voting for Obama!

    September 25, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  6. Frank, Atlanta, GA

    Democracy must not take a back seat to Wall Street.

    The debates must go on, so that Americans can make an informed decision.

    No candidate should be allowed to "Bailout" of a debate for the sake of political manuervering.

    DEBATE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    DECIDE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    DEMOCRACY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  7. sandy

    Senator reid was at the emergency meeting today with Obama and McCain regarding the bail out. He stated McCaine rambled and made absolutely no sence to any one there, neither did he do anything to further the process. He also said now was not the time to inject politics into a crisis such as this. This is who people want and his dummy side kick with no brains ....but she does have the lip stick. Scarey thought when others at the meeting are saying this.

    September 25, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  8. Remy

    What is the problem of Americans with Iran or any other country? Americans elected a DUMB Bush and now he and his Repugs created all the mess internally. Are you all expect people from other countries pay for the misdeeds of your so called elected leadership?

    Saudi Arabs involved in 911 but Bush bombed Iraq and killed more than half a million people there. Cheney make profit in millions from Iraq. Now Bush cries to BAIL OUT. The mess created by him and McCain supported all this mess. Many Times McCain declared that economy is strong.

    What went wrong all of a sudden? Is this the last stroke of Bush to make some more dollars for him and to his friends?

    September 25, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  9. Erin

    America needs McCain and Palin. Wake up blinded fools so manipulated by the lefty media.

    September 25, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  10. lisa in Ga

    My goodness, wake up people! Mcain is sooo confused. He does
    not know if he is going or coming. Poor thing, he had to pull the plug
    because he is losing tremendously. He thinks he can "muddle this up again" like what he did with the wars in Afgan and Iraq.

    September 25, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  11. Citizen

    My vote is for the candidate who has the best realisitic solution, not the best ear candy solution. Obama seems to be the latter rather than the former.

    September 25, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  12. denys

    PEOPLE!!! IT IS CALLED THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK !!

    OBAMA 08

    September 25, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  13. jrzshor

    So is governing now and forever more, going to be based on POLLS. Have we not learned our lessons from this and previous POLL based administrations?

    We are a fickle bunch and the POLLS reflect that change.

    September 25, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  14. Ron M

    Good thing he suspended his campaign. Maybe he can return the public funds he used for his election to help us out in a time of crisis.

    Obama 08

    September 25, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  15. Dan

    AOL Straw Poll?? Ohhhhh, that's really got some legs. Right.

    September 25, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  16. Frank, Atlanta, GA

    Democracy must not take a back seat to Wall Street.

    The debates must go on, so that Americans can make an informed decision.

    No candidate should be allowed to "Bailout" of a debate for the sake of political manuervering.

    DEBATE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    DECIDE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    DEMOCRACY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  17. Ron , West Coast

    McBush is not a maverick, he`s a nut !

    September 25, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  18. Racism still lives.

    If Obama was white he would be leading by double didits. Hate can destroy you and it will if McCain gets elected.

    September 25, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  19. jack B.

    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?"

    The same reason "most" every one here is for obama.....*amazing...Liberalisum is in the media...most what you read and see is controlled by the democratic media..... It is called directed control..If you read this I would be surprised......

    September 25, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  20. Wake Up!!!

    The only way Mccain could help the discussion is by serving water to the banking committee.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    September 25, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  21. MrManhattan

    It would be too bad if McCain missed the debate. Imagine the headline:

    P.O.W. goes A.W.O.L. !!!!!

    September 25, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  22. Michael, watching from Canada

    Let's see.....

    The fundamentals of the economy are strong!

    Then less than two weeks later......

    I am suspending my campaign because the economy is in crisis!!

    September 25, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  23. Space Man

    Hey, red33, if you're so afraid of socialism, what do you call the government control of the banks that your boys in red are trying to put in place? What do you call government control of information? How about government's ability to self-police on an unprecedented scale? Either you're uninformed or out of touch – maybe you're more like McCain than you thought!

    September 25, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  24. pam Eugene OR

    Watch McCain... the market will be DOW by at least 300 points at 7 am open tomorrow.
    PRINT this CNN and we will see. McCain is an idiot! See where the market opens on 9-26-08. I would pull out if I could afford to.
    Obama...can't wait to see the debate tomorrow. Put the old man to bed!
    Obama/Biden = truth and honor in America!

    September 25, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  25. mike

    Obama is arrogant, insensitive, and out of touch. He goes around the country whining and talking about how bad things are. Things are bad. We know that. Most of us know it a lot more about this than he does.

    September 25, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
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