(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.
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.
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!!!!!
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
Barack "steal an election if he could with moveon.org and lies" Obama
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.
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.
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.
McCain will say and do anything to attract a vote.
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.
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
mccain is a bad news for America period
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?
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???
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.
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.
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.
MCCAIN is a MISLEADER and LIAR. DO WE REALLY WANT ANOTHER BUSH ??? BE SMART PEOPLE !!
Maverick – unpredictable, uncontrollable, reckless
I would rather have a dog for vp than palin at least he knows how to bark when he wants to!
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.
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!
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.
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!!!!
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.
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!
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