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. Anne

    McCain is out-of-touch. If you are losing your home, think of McCain and his 8. If you can't afford to put gas in your tank, think of McCain and his 13 cars. If you lose you rjob, think of all the support McCain has given big companies shipping jobs off-shore.
    If you think McCain feels the suffering of the Amnerican people, you'd better think again.

    OBAMA/BIDEN

    September 25, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  2. Hillary supporter for Obama

    Its ALWAYS been about the economy...McCain never wanted to address it before, and NOW he wants everything to come to a standstill! I think he's running scared over this upcoming debate because Barack is much smarter than he is regarding the ecomony issue! Shame on you, McCain!

    And Palin...running around and giving "pseudo" interviews just for the photo ops...you know...just sit and look pretty and nod and agree and not say too much, just what has been grilled to you...

    This is crazy! PEOPLE! WAKE UP...OUR NATION IS IN SERIOUS TROUBLE! NO HOW, NO WAY, NO MCCAIN/PALIN!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  3. Brian loves Palin

    Thank God we have two reformers to finally shake up Washington in McCain and Palin.

    Frank and the Democrats have caused much of the demise of Fannie and Freddie and they are why we are stuck having to bail them out. The last thing we need now is more government and more taxes.

    We absolutely don't need a scary inexperienced unproven weak empty suit socialist like Barack Obama. We need real leadership like McCain and Palin.

    McCain//Palin and Hillary 2008

    vs.

    Barack "steal an election if he could with moveon.org and lies" Obama

    September 25, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  4. Debate should go on

    We deserve to to have a debate to see where the candidates stand on the issues. Furthermore, it is obvious that McCain and Palin don't want to debate. Once again they are hiding.

    BS

    September 25, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  5. j

    it's peculiar the power of the press. They've turned on McCain from the onset.
    People, he's going to washington to turn some votes.
    Obama's got no pull due his lack of seniority and brings nothing to the table unlike McCain.
    Quit blaming your woes on the government. Take charge of your own life.

    September 25, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  6. David Goldman for OBAMA

    MCGREEDY HAS NO IDEA WHERE HE IS.

    HE WAS TALKING TO HIMSELF & LAUGHING

    AT WHATEVER JOKE HE WAS TELLING HIMSELF.

    MAN IS A SENILE OLD VILE LITTLE TROLL.

    September 25, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  7. CarolAnn

    McCain will say and do anything to attract a vote.

    September 25, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  8. Chris in CA

    Umm, June. Just to catch you up. George Bush is in the White House, has been going on, oh, almost eight years now and, ummm, well, hate to break this to ya. He's a Republican.

    Ladies and gentlemen of the Ticker, I give you the Republican base.

    September 25, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  9. Bill

    I thought I would see what this forum is like and lo and behold it is simply a Dem lovefest. Do anybody but Obama supporters post in here?

    Looks like CNN filters out any McCain supportor comments......at least those that make sense and are not Obama supporters pertending to be McCain supports.

    Pretty sad CNN

    September 25, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  10. California

    mccain is a bad news for America period

    September 25, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  11. Justin

    Let's drop the fantasy once and for all that McCain is any kind of maverick. He can't control his campaign, can't control his party, and at the moment of truth today - when he could have actually helped to work out a deal, he wimped out.

    McCain doesn't like the bailout plan after it's been hashed out with all-too-rare bipartisan cooperation in Congress? Great. Why doesn't he propose something better rather than playing political games?

    September 25, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  12. Gary Chandler in Canada

    Maverick, no. Joke, yes!
    A hero would have gone back to Washington to fix the fundamentals, instead of tipping over the apple cart.
    A straight talker would have stated his position instead of slinking around with Republican caucus seeing if he can delay it to get out of the debate, then
    A. get THEM to make him the HERO
    OR B. (more likely) jump into bed with them because 66% don't like the bail out...
    EITHER ONE OF THESE CHOICES COULD BE HONESTLY EXPOSED BEFORE THE DEBATE not after!!! <<< which he will likely do – take his stance AFTER it is too late to attend the debate!!!
    Why you want a man who attempted suicide running your country???

    September 25, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  13. Brad

    I can't believe this race is even close. When I think of how Obama has not done one single thing for this country and how President Mccain has done so much. It just blows my mind. People are just voting for Obama to make history.

    September 25, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  14. ajithan

    Palin: "That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and on our other side, the land — boundary that we have with — Canada"

    The country is very impressed on the number of people it has produced with foreign policy resume – 670,053

    That is the population of Alaska! Those share their border with Canada or Mexico are not counted as they share only one border!

    Wow! I am looking relocate to Alaska now.

    September 25, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  15. FromTexas

    Everybody was cool, calm, happy and ready to approve deal before McCain showed up to save the day – which didn't need saving. Now we have gridlock. And McCain is still hoping to ride off into the sunset. What a self-centered jerk. Suspended campaign? Yeah, right. Three interviews tonight but can't debate tomorrow.

    September 25, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  16. Reality

    MCCAIN is a MISLEADER and LIAR. DO WE REALLY WANT ANOTHER BUSH ??? BE SMART PEOPLE !!

    September 25, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  17. Barney

    Maverick – unpredictable, uncontrollable, reckless

    September 25, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  18. amelio

    I would rather have a dog for vp than palin at least he knows how to bark when he wants to!

    September 25, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  19. Michelle

    I am so sorry for all of us having to deal with so many years of let down from these elite and lying bunch of crooks. Our lives, jobs, health, homes, and family are all being affected by them in a negative way. We finally have a chance to make a real difference to go in a new direction. Instead we have unpatriotic people who would rather let America suffer because they are racist. Why else would we vote for McCain who can't multi-task and runs from debates. Our second (or first if he dies) would Palin who hides/is sheltered from interviews. When she interviews her answers are full of I'll get back to you on that one, I don't know, I hope, and maybe. If being a bigot is better than living with dignity, then I am ashamed to share this world with those "so called" Americans.

    September 25, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  20. Rob

    Maverick my arse. "Country First"? No way. "Campaign First" with McCain. He picked Palin and the Shenanigans with his current posturing and wanting to cancel the debates. So transparent. We do not need a leader like him!

    September 25, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  21. A NATION OF WINERS for OBAMA

    MCMORON EVEN PRETENDING HE KNOWS

    WHAT IS GOING ON IS A STRETCH. HE HAS

    NO CLUE, NO CLUE, NO CLUE WHATSOEVER.

    THE SENILE IGNORANT MORON CAN'T EVEN GET

    OUT OF THE CAR & FIND THE DOOR WITHOUT HELP.

    September 25, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  22. NC = Change

    Is this the SAME person who was in a RUSH to get to Washington, but had time to STOP by the Clinton function to do a speech? Then we did see him in Washington he was sitting with his mouth GLUED....What was his reason for RUSHING to Washington again?

    Wow...he suspended his campaign on the news as if he was FLYING to Washington RIGHT THEN......unless it was a act to boost his polls numbers, since that didn't WORK like Palin, he's not as important to Washington as he thought and the CRISIS isn't a CRISIS.

    Obama was RIGHT...AGAIN!!!!

    September 25, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  23. EG

    Conservative? Can't bring yourself to vote for Obama, but disappointed by McCain and downright confused by Palin?

    Try Chuck Baldwin, or Bob Barr: they're both conservatives! They both believe in the constitution and personal responsibility. Take your pick, but don't waste your vote on McCain. You'll have another shot at the White House in 4 years with a more cohesive/coherent message. Take a breather and vote your conscience.

    September 25, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  24. John McCain

    I think it's clear at this point that McCain is done. If the campaign suspension wasn't the final nail in the coffin, Palin's interview with Katie Couric certainly was.

    Thanks for playing!

    September 25, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  25. Mike

    Didn't Senator John McCain say that he knows nothing about the "economy" nor did he study "economics". How then, can John McCain 'figure out' this economic financial mess that we are all in ? His own party said.., "stay out of Washington, right now".., you will only be in the way. Do I sense.., Alzheimer's disease setting in ? Not going to the 'debate' does 'not' make any sense. Maybe he needs a nap ? Can't do two things at once. And, this afternoon, a interview with Katie Couric.., was a 'disaster' for Sarah Palin. What in the world is John McCain, thinking ? Mike in Montana

    September 25, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
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