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
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  1. President McCain

    People are so quick to blame Bush (Who I didn't vote for twice) and McCain for whatever reason they can make up.

    But know that Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton are the two (Clinton I did vote for twice)that thought up this grand scheme to make banks go wall street so lower income people could buy homes.

    Now, I am not saying it is either Clinton or Carters fault. Because who we should really be mad at are the people who took these crazy loans knowing full well that they we're not prepared financially to survive if they lost a job etc. I am mad that once again I am being asked to bail out people that have a nicer house than mine yet make the same or less than I do.

    We could have bought a house for double the amount, but we knew that if one of us ever lost our job we wouldn't be able to make the payment. We also refused to go above our comfortable payment scenerio so we only looked at houses that we could afford and still afford if we came into trouble.

    I am MAD that these people are getting off scot free and Obama want's them to get special treatment and bail them out.

    How about Obama rewarding new homeowners like ME. Who bought a house with a back up plan. Who didn't go out looking for the best looking house in the neighborhood to show off to our friends. How about us??????

    September 25, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  2. Navy Veteran from Virginia

    John McSame, or is it John McWorse... Campaign FIrst !! It's all about ego for him, not about what's best for the country. Even George W can speak more easily that Sarah Palin. For cryin' out loud.. Pitiful..

    September 25, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  3. April

    MCCAIN FOR PRESIDENT 2008 AND HILLARY 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  4. Stacy from Loudoun County, Virginia

    I think this may be the biggest no-brainer of a poll in the history of polls. With people losing their jobs jobs, record home foreclosures, some of the most solid firms on Wall Street in trouble, and Congress actually threatening to work on weekends and through their vacations, I don't think Pigs and Lipstick can even come close.

    September 25, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  5. Peter (CA)


    "The Dems are the majority in the White House".....What?

    Be real. There is plenty of blame to go around. However, the policies of this President and the rubber stamp Republican Congress he had for 6 years has put us where we are. They are unable to run an economy. They finance an expensive war with tax cuts for the rich. China and the Middle East own us a result.

    And enough with the socialism crud! Even if Obama was a socialist, all it takes is a minority party with enough representation to stifle change. It's not needed because Obama (unlike Bush) is not stupid. But, I really have to wonder about the right wingers on these boards.

    September 25, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  6. Independent

    People, People, People punch out your ballot correctly no dimple please....Remember Florida 2000.....Don't let them steal your vote..

    September 25, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  7. Mark

    it's sad if he truely has this much contempt for the republicans out there, not the ones in washington the ones who vote, to think they can't see he is grandstanding he just doesn't want to answer questions he can't answer honestly, like why is someone in your camp still getting money every month from a company that needs to be bailed out, and why did you let Rove and Cheney pick your VP for you... I couldn't tell if it was a skit from sat night live or the real thing....

    September 25, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  8. Sue

    I am sick and tired of the games that the republicans are playing. November 4th isn't going to be here soon enough.

    September 25, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  9. Johnathan, Florida

    In light of recent events, It's fairly obvious that besides the smarts, Obama is handling himself and events in a very impressive presidentiali manner, as opposed to the theatrics offered by McCain.

    Compose yourself, Mr. McCain.

    September 25, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  10. McPain

    The Repugnants have done enough damage! They are going down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  11. Babie

    Palin... what more can i say she is a BLOND!

    September 25, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  12. McPain

    Who cares? The Repugnants have done enough damage! They are going down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Make sure you post this CNN!!!

    September 25, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  13. Babie


    September 25, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  14. B. Jones

    The Republican's have had it tough since 9/11 in the big house and I do understand our frustrations. The problems we have with the economy are not political! I am a Dem! But the people we have trusted our money with our the cause!! They impressed us with our gains and sweet talked us into investing into a home's people can't afford! When was this the government's problem in a democracy? My favorite Pres. was Clinton! He insisted all American's should own a home. This problem goes way back and all should consider this B4 you judge and make remarks you can't back up. Also remember that the Dem's have a way of returning the DRAFT system?? HMMMMM. I would be carefull on your remarks? This is only 1 part of who you elect. B. jones

    September 25, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  15. Fed up

    McCain/Palin a bridge to nowhere!

    September 25, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  16. Just a Mom

    This evening, CBS News reported that "Senator McCain offered an alternative plan that would include fewer regulations and more corporate tax breaks for businesses, kind of a private solution. But we're also told those ideas angered and surprised Democrats like banking chairman Chris Dodd who now says he thinks the White House summit was more of a political stunt for McCain."
    It sure sounds like Sen. McCain is looking out for corporate interests and not the average American taxpayers.

    September 25, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  17. Some Things Never Change

    All of you out there who support McCain's choice to suspend his campaign because of this crisis do not understand the underlying message. The President of the United States must be able to handle several issues at the same time. I understand McCain wants to focus on this issues as does Obama. What I don't understand is why McCain cannot focus on this issue, run his campaign and debate all at the same time. If this is how he will act as President then I do not want him in office. I want someone who can multi task, I want some who can compartmentalize, and I want someone who is not all over the place with the issues as McCain has been since the start.

    I do not support the bail out however I also understand the possible implications if we do not have the bail out. I believe Obama has handled this far better than McCain. This knee jerk reaction of suspending his campaign solidified my believe that McCain does not have the mental capacity to hold the office of President of the United States. He has shown he cannot handle multiple issues, he goes with his "GUT" instead of the facts, we have had eight years of gut instinct and we see where that has got us.

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

    I hope McCain/Palin wins so that more people will lose their home.

    McCain/Palin 08. I don't have to tell you that this is the best time for business.

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

    McBush and a lame duck president with an approval rating of less than 20 percent....what a combination.

    And McCain sends his silly VP out getting hugs from foreign leaders. This is such a joke.

    September 25, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  20. PALIN can I ask you a question? Yes, after the election

    If anyone thinks McCain is out of tricks, better think again. Next he will probably drop Palin and pick up Romney.

    September 25, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  21. bryan San Ramon

    Funny thing you left out CNN is most polls now show McCain is more trusted on the Economy and the war...print the facts....not just fluff!

    September 25, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  22. Larry B.

    Expect Bush to launch major airstrikes on Iran in the middle of October. He's been seething to do it for a long time, and he might think it will swing the election.

    September 25, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  23. ken

    i belive that both of the partys running for president should stay away from this bail out as there being involved has been a distraction, to make a case mc cain is not voted on any of this for months, yet he shuts down his campain to go to washington, this morning even from the republican side they say there is almost a deal then within hours they meet with mc cain and meet with the president and all of a sudden there is no deal in fact it is not even close, for 7 days things have been coming together then mc cain hits town and now thers no deal, the republicans are now saying there president for 8 years ,the man they gave every thing he ever wanted ,now the say he can not be trusted, he has lied so much , about the war ,and every other thing they never ever would admit to now they just use bush as there escape plan to just walk away from all they gave him to make this all come about , now its his fault even tho they voted for95-100 % for anything he wanted , and they where in charge for 8 .5 years of 10. they had nothing to do with any of this, they know the country is going to vote most of the republicans out, they are trying to save there phoney jobs. while they held back washington mutual the largest bank went under, millions will suffer while a few want to hold this up to help move there party back in the running for them to get mc cain elected , mc cain the deal maker. ken

    September 25, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  24. amy in atl

    all of you jerkwads telling everyone to "wake up" need to open your own eyes and realize that the two party system is a failure – Obama's no Godsend...he's as corrupt as any other politician – none of these guys understand anything about what it's like to be a common American citizen these days...paying out the wazoo for milk, meds, and gas...that's if we can even find town is out

    I say throw the bums out...the whole lot of them

    September 25, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  25. Samynna

    McCain is hosting another ploy to distract the voters. Why not the attend the debate? Obama watch your back; but I know you're a smart man. The democrats are on top because God has your back. This comes from a single mom with a special needs child. Palin until you have walked in my shoes for 19yrs there's nothing you can contribute to our country. The government and Bush's no child shall be left behind is a bunch of crock. My daughter has been left behind. Now, the economy is left behind. What is it for us to do? Banks collasping, home foreclosed, country at war, gas on the rise, economy declining, the world is left behind.

    September 25, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
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