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. Keith

    I wouldn't debate Obama either John...it's all unraveling now.

    September 25, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  2. cheri

    Obviously you haven't looked at the Gallup poll and Zogby poll today which has McCain up by two on one and tied with Obama on another. These two polls are the most accurate and least biased. These polls are the only ones that matter.

    September 25, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  3. Peter (CA)

    As well as it should be. And McCain's positions need to come back to haunt him. It shows he cannot manage the economy.

    September 25, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  4. linda from South Dakota

    in my opinion, if mccain keeps screwing up like hes done the meetings on the bail-out,, his days in offce are limited,,,, he wants things his way to give him advantage for election which has set back what little went forward at these meetings...when will he understand that this crisis is different than the election and if mccain cant handle the pressure then he needs to step out right now,,,, hes sure show his true colors,, many at this meeting were veru disappointed with what he said,, many cant tell you what he said,,, does mccain even know what he said,, like palin, they both need to move on,, because we dont need people runnin who know nothing about what lies ahead here,,, obama/biden 08 and beyond

    September 25, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  5. nash rafael

    I AM SO SICK OF MCCAIN.... HE MAKES ME PUKE.... SO TIRED OF HIS ANTICS.... HE HAS NO LEADERSHIP QUALITIES... HE SHOULD NOT BE OUR PRESIDENT.... HE HAS NO VISION AT ALL... ANOTHER 4 YEARS OF SUFFERING UNDER REPUBLICANS.... CANT TAKE IT ANY MORE.... OBAMA SHOULD BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT.... HE HAS VISION FOR ALL OF US... HES THE MAN....

    September 25, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  6. NOT VOTING FOR MCCAIN

    Why doesnt some one in the news talk about the blogs and the polls about how 80% of people think the debates need to go on...its going to cost 5 millon for MCCain not to show up...he's hurting the people down south, how come this aint news?

    September 25, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  7. Never obama

    I think obama is the same person he was 2 years ago, one year ago and two weeks ago..............................an empty suit who will PROMISE you anything to get elected.

    He's a good actor and says all the right things.....................but he is still the worse person who has ever run for president in the history of this country.

    America, don't do something in anger that you'll regret for 4 years. It will take too long to clean up the mess after obama finishes with us.

    September 25, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  8. Illinois Blue Dog

    I think McCain should go with that comb-over that Sen. Richard Shelby was sporting today. That's sure to win him over some voters and make them forget about this mess we're in

    September 25, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  9. D.Kimbro OHIO

    Thank you for showing up and ruining the deal. It looks like your end run backfired on you. Ps. Good luck with the conservatives in the GOP. What an idiot. This man is not fit to lead.

    September 25, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  10. Chris

    John McCain is just being a politician, he is behind in the polls. Tell me how many hours is the debate? Is John McCain saying that he does not sleep well at night because of the crisis on Wall Street. He is trying to get back in the polls and not only that he is trying to play a fast one. What if there is no agreement by November 4th, will he drop out of the race too for the whitehouse?

    September 25, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  11. Paula

    Happy to see McCain will not win the Presidency and drag this country down any further. I also believe that something is wrong with his health. I watched a video of him speaking about 10 years ago and it is like he was a different person, mentally and physically. I feel sorry for him but the thought of Palin becoming president is something I couldn't live with.

    Obama/Biden

    September 25, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  12. Frank

    AS much as McSame wants to run, it's the economy stupid. His whole hoax about stopping his campaign etc, is exactly that a big hoax. He hopes to postpone the Debate, not only for his sake, but more for Palin's. He wants to move the VP Debate to "some unknown time in the future". The fact is he wants to drop the VP Debate all together. Unfortunately, the public can see through this out right political hoax and won't stand for it.

    Congress had an agreement on the bail out until McSame and his cronies got in town....coincidence, I don't think so!

    September 25, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  13. Mook

    So McCains strong point is the most unpopular war in history huh? HAHAHA!

    September 25, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  14. McGimmick Strikes Again

    What a gamble! First, Palin. Then, Obama's themes. Now, suspending his campaign. I sure don't want him behind the red button.

    September 25, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  15. EJ

    If we are not strong at home we can not be strong abroad.

    September 25, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    I am an independent and undecided voter and I have been dismayed
    at how consistently biased CNN's coverage of the presidential race has been in favor of Obama and against McCain. It is not an obvious in your face bias but its just a lot of little things that you notice over time that start to giving me an uneasy feeling.I used to rely on CNN and check it everyday for news but now I look elsewhere. I just want the facts I
    and the rest of the voters can figure it our for ourselves.

    September 25, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  17. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    If either one of these pandering bloviators votes for a single cent of bailout for the greedy criminals who created this mortgage mess, they are not worthy of their current job, and certainly unfit for the job they want.

    September 25, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  18. cleveland

    I tHINK IF THEY GO AHEAD WITH THE SEVEN HUNDRED BILLION DOLLAR PLAN THEY NEED TO LET US THE PEOPLE MAKE SOME MONEY OFF THIS LIKE A HUGE REBATE.BECAUSE THIS COULD BE A GOOD INVESTMENT FOR THE PEOPLE.WE NEED TO BE ABLE TAKE SOMETHING FROM THIS INSTEAD OF GIVIN,DISCOUNTS ON HOMES, BANKS,AND ETC.BE ABLE TO LET THE PEOPLE OWN THIS COMPANYS WE PAYIN FOR.

    September 25, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  19. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    NINE HOUSES, 13 CARS.... McCain hasn't got a CLUE.....

    September 25, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  20. Mom for Obama

    There is nothing more pathetic then an elder statesman taking an American crisis and trying to make it a game changer because he simply doesn't have it anymore.

    September 25, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  21. EJ

    Pure political play to make McCain seem like a savior. He is willing to put the US economy at risk in order to gain some POLITICAL LEVERAGE. SHAMEFUL.

    September 25, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  22. cheri

    The economy is truly the issue, and McCain is clearly the leader and a man of action. He showed that this week. Obama, the socialist, only cares about his career, By the way, has anybody seen the Drudge Report today? There is a yet another new earmark scandal brewing for Obama. Apparently, he earmarked $100K for one of his campaign volunteers, and that volunteer and his wife pocketed the whole amount. What about the earmark he had procured for his wife's hospital? We all learned Michelle got a staggering raise after Obama became senator. A few months later, he got her hospital 1 Million dollar earmarks so the hospital can pay her $300K+ salary, now talk about conflict of Interest. Country First or Obama First? No comparison.

    September 25, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  23. Steve

    On the bailout plan: Look for the same crap as with Jim Webb's GI Bill. Bush will hold a press conf and thank McCain for making it happen.

    September 25, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  24. Farah Ahmad

    Credit card wars, credit card financial system, credit card mentality and when the bills come due always look to blame someone else.
    The majority of the american people have consistently voted for Bush and his republican credit card mentality. Now when the costs are literally due, this same majority cannot bear the humiliation of admitting they were wrong. By blaming Obama you avoid blaming yourself.

    September 25, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  25. Big D

    Yes – the economy is important.
    And McCain is overracting again.
    Obama is showing that he's a true leader, and McCain is running around shouting any random thought.

    September 25, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
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