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. Randy Kauper

    The real incredible thing here isn't that McCain is suffering because the subject is the economy. That makes sense. He really is lousy on the subject and the subject is nearly everything.

    The wild thing is that he would somehow benefit if the attention was on Iraq. How, exactly, does being on the wrong side of one of the biggest foreign policy blunders in US history help him with voters? It's simply bizarre and really sad.

    September 25, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  2. Joe - Chicago, IL

    To all the "dangers of socialism" broken records.

    Last I checked, Europe, which have govornments and economies a lot more socialist than what Sen. Obama is proposing, is kicking our butts finantially.

    September 25, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  3. jeannie gray

    in-teg-ri-ty 1.Strict adherence to a standard of value or conduct. 2. Personal honesty and independence. 3. Completeness: unity. 4. Soundness

    After 8 years under the regime of the Replublican Party, culminating in the near distruction of the U.S. economy and being shamed by our peers of the world, ask yourself one question before entering the voting booth November 4th.

    Which party has integrity or more integrity? Just before you decide, remember the old quotation "to thine own self be true". If you truely set aside all of your prejudices, quest for personal or monetary gain, fears taught to us by the Bush administration, or fear of personal mockery, you will vote, unlike some other citizens, but with INTEGRITY!
    Do you have enough integrity to vote with integrity?

    September 25, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  4. Marie

    McCain is looking more and more confused.

    September 25, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  5. arnolde

    McCain has been in the Senate 25 years. He knows precisely what will happen if he barges into the office of Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), chairman of the Senate banking committee and announces: "OK, Outta here, I'm taking over now. Dodd's reaction would not be printable on a family Website like this one and McCain would be instantly and unceremoniously shown the door. There are two people responsible for writing banking bills: Dodd and his House counterpart Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA). If Dodd wants input from the Republicans on this, he will ask the ranking member on his committee, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL). McCain and Obama play no role and McCain knows that very well.

    So why did McCain propose cancelling the debate? In a word: politics. By flying into D.C. as the savior he might appear as a man of action to people who don't know how the Senate works.

    - The VoteMaster

    September 25, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  6. INDEPENDENT

    I DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW MCCAIN IS PUTTING THE COUNTRY FIRST WHEN HE HAS BEEN IN OFFICE AND WE HAVE 47 MILLION WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE, GIVING TAX BREAKS TO BIG OIL OR TO THE RICH AND SUPPORTING DEREGULATION OF THE MARKET CONTRUBUTING TO THE MARKET CRASH.

    I DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW HE PUTS THE COUNTRY FIRST!

    I JUST DECIDED TO VOTE FOR OBAMA 08

    September 25, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  7. Adele

    Every new orgainzation said that McCain sat at the meeting and said nothing. When the Dems turn to their leader Obama and ask what does he think about the rules in the bail out. obama said that it needed to include more oversight, less compensation for the wall street fat cats and more for the American people. When the Reuplicans turn to their leader McCain ask asked for his insight, he turned to his campaign financial advisor and said speak to him. Now people, p,ease use your common sense GOD gave you if you have any left. Who is it that is looking out for the American people. Obama or McCain you just pull the biggest political stunt. McCain has 8 houses and 13 cars all paid for. McCain doesn't have to worry about paying bill, or mortgage payments.

    September 25, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  8. Sam, Lincoln, NE

    red33, you don't have a clue if you think McCain would do a better job on the economy than Obama. All your talk about socialism leads me to believe that you're spending too much time watching the Fox Propaganda Channel and not enough time in the real world. Do us all a favor and keep your ignorant self home on election day.

    September 25, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  9. United? What does that mean?

    I never...ever want to hear the word United out of the mouth of Obama or his campaign staff.

    Obama has shown all of us that this job of President is only a title he is striving for.

    Boo...hooo that he was not the one to come back to Washington without having to be asked to do his job in the Senate. That is his own careless mistake and a person who thinks campaigning or a debate is more important than our economy, then good luck to that guy.

    If he wins this presidency, then we are all going to be living in our cars or in tents.

    I give much credit to Senator McCain. For he knew what his current duty was and that is to do his job as Senator and protect the people of America.

    Too bad the other candidate thinks it is more important to campaign.

    September 25, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  10. Peggy

    If anyone out there is a backer of McCain's, you might want to seek medical advice. Please...Please.....Please....help the american people work their way out of this and choose the obvious. Listen to both of them and who has a real plan....If McCain wins this election, who knows what we'll be doing 4 years from now. This bailout could mean nothing compared to what is in store. Although you blame the Republicans, you will still vote the same. Get a clue people!!!!!

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 25, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  11. Celinda

    The headline on the main page linking here is kind of misleading, as is the statement "a subject on which Barack Obama has consistently held an advantage."

    That's just plain not true. There have been a number of national polls that show more trust in McCain's ability to deal with the economy. Admittedly, the advantage has swung back and forth, but to say that it has "consistently" favored Obama is just plain not true.

    Regardless of who wins this election, I think there needs to be a major attempt after the dust has settled to examine systematically and thoroughly the media's role this cycle. In my opinion, it has been nothing less than disgraceful. We have poll after poll that dramatically overweights Democrats–giving them advantages that previous registration numbers and turnouts do not warrant–and obvious biases in reporting and tone. I'm really deeply concerned for the future of this country.

    September 25, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  12. Skunk Meat Anyone?

    John McGimmick really stalled progress just like a 'mavrick' does!

    Do we bring out the clowns now or at 10AM tomorrow morning?

    Someone get Bozo the Clown on the line, tell him I got a hot job for him.

    September 25, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  13. DCX2

    All McCain has to do is remember what he did to help solve the Savings and Loans crisis in the 80s.

    ...wait, *can* he remember that far back?

    September 25, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  14. Dr. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    ANYTHING BUSH & MCBUSH WANT DONE,

    SHOULD NOT BE DONE. OBAMA BEWARE !!!

    THEY ARE LYING ABOUT THE URGENCY.

    THOSE TWO SCUM BAGS ARE THE CAUSE

    OF THE DISASTER, NOW THEY WANT TO PLAY HERO.

    I DON'T HAVE THE FIGURES, BUT I AM NOT LIKING IT.

    THIS ALL SOUNDS LIKE THE IRAQ WAR, HURRY, HURRY.

    September 25, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  15. nona

    Amen to Hopeful in LA and Erin you better wake up. I think I will take a chance on something new than the old that will very well repeat the same if not more.......................PLEASE ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT ELSE HAS TO HAPPEN WE ACTUALLY GET ALIENS COME FROM THE MOON AND TELL UP TO WAKE UP!!

    September 25, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  16. Annie

    John McCain is playing one of the oldest games in the book. When in doubt throw up a diversion to get off the subject, and the ignorant will follow. He doesn't know what he's doing. Sarah has several versions of about 4-5 different responses. This is beyond absurd. And nearly 50% of Americans are buying it. I have to go with intelligence this time; there's too much at stake. We tried the guy you want to have a beer with. How's that working out for you?

    September 25, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  17. David

    if i was going to vote i would vote for OBAMA

    OBAMA '08

    OBAMA has my vote

    September 25, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  18. BarryO

    CNN (or should I say BNN) you're so skewed to the left that I give up reading your articles from here on. You have been reduced to nothing more than a supermarket tabloid. Don't try to put lipstick on a pig anymore, it won't work.

    September 25, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  19. Ray miller

    Easy.
    Instead of war bonds, buy bailout bonds. Have thegov.
    buy bad loans at a reduc ed price, then sell for profit to
    bailout bond holders.

    September 25, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  20. Angela

    Its just getting worse for McCain. Both sides saying he is just a political distraction.

    As for Palin, anyone see her confusing answers to questions from Katie Courik? Objectively, I can say she is not ready to be a heart beat away from anything, let alone presidency.

    September 25, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  21. Harper

    Someone eariler said that McCain has nothing of substance to say......Neither does Palin. Russia would attack through Alaska? It's 2008. If Russia wanted to attack us do you really think they would march over the Bering Strait like it's 1935? Get real!

    September 25, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  22. Keith

    This article is misleading. It basically says that the bad sign for McCain is the economy. John McCain has not been President. George Bush has. Is this not a subtle agreement to the line of the Obama campaign line. The media is BIASED. Gallup out today has the race tied. Yesterday, Obama had a four point lead. WOW. Report that!

    September 25, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  23. GUY

    It's inaccurate to blame this financial situation on the Republicans... it began in the 70's with Carter and escalated in the late 90's when Clinton was president. While, they should have been on top of the problems years ago and done something... the whole blame can not be placed on the current administration.

    Get your facts folks.

    September 25, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  24. NoMccain

    Obama is a leader.
    Mccain is not, and never will be.
    Obama will walk into the Whitehouse on January 20, 2009, and this act will IMMEDIATELY restore confidence in the American people and consumers and it will have an immediate effect on our economy.
    No more of this – THE SKY IS FALLING – THE SKY IS FALLING!!
    No it's not.
    We can wait four months. It's well worth the wait to see Barack take over.

    September 25, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  25. JT - Boston

    Not in the likely voter poll, but you'd never print that anyway. Dear bleeding heart liberals, you are pushing for an elitist marxist who is an enemy to the constitution. No Obama, no Communism in this country. Open your eyes

    September 25, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
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