November 8th, 2007
11:00 AM ET
15 years ago

Economy trumps war for voters

Watch Bill Schneider's report about the economy and the 2008 election.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Despite the focus on Iraq and foreign policy in the 2008 White House race, Bill Schneider reports that concerns about the economy have edged out the Iraq war as the top concern of voters.  In other words, it's not the war, stupid. Watch Schneider's report.

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. MCD, San Francisco, CA

    Guess the American people haven't fallen for this Admin's propoganda about the economy being just fine.

    We are actually LIVING it... no propoganda is going to change that.

    November 8, 2007 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. Dan, NJ

    Will certainly be interesting to see how the candidates shift their focus to the economy.

    November 8, 2007 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. T, Newark

    Americans are not in the war that is why. In WWII the whole country united now it is something on the other side of the world until it does not go to well then we should leave. The economy effects us here and now and is placed on a higher priority then Iraq. It is selfishness really. I am worried about both for sure but Iraq is most important because it is the most screwed up. Maybe if americans got behind the government in the first place things would be different but since that time has passed it is merely time to figure out how to fix it. the economy is not so bad it should trump Iraq.

    November 8, 2007 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. Chicago, IL

    Well, how about we bring the troops home from Iraq, close all those middle eastern military bases that keep ticking off the Islamics, save a Trillion dollars, reduce the enormous expenditure of oil (wars take oil to run), stop crashing the dollar by cutting interest rates and printing more, return to a conservative fiscal policy and shrink the size of the Federal Government by eliminating ineffective and bloated government agencies, and stop subsidizing HMOs and pharmaceutical companies and allow doctors to collectively bargain – lowering the cost of healthcare making it affordable for all. Reinvest that Trillion dollars that would have been spent on Iraq in America instead!

    Sound like a pipe dream? VOTE RON PAUL.

    November 8, 2007 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. VL North Carolina

    Sounds like someone wants to change the subject.......

    November 8, 2007 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. Dave, Philly

    Despite The Public Sentiment, our elected officials in both parties serve the interests of the corporations and the ruling oligarchal class. They have corupted the nominating and electoral system so much, that we can no longer count on our great democratic procedures to fix the problem. The Media is part of the ruling class and the media now for the most part determines the candidates. A Fascist ruler once said, "I don't care who votes, just who counts the votes" That is the problem we face today. A great movement is needed to expose the truth, no matter how ugly it is and to restore the Constitution of the United States of America.

    November 8, 2007 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. Jon, Toledo, OH

    It's all related, anyway. The war is killing the economy. The war stirs up a hornet's nest of hostility in the oil-rich middle east, which causes concerns about supply shortages, which drives up the cost of oil and the cost of gas. Americans have to spend what little disposable income they have left filling up their gas tanks instead of spending it on restaurants, electronics, and other goods, which cripples the economy. The only ones profiting are the oil companies whose buddy, Bush, started the war. It's not rocket science, people!

    November 8, 2007 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. Sarah, Kansas City, MO

    With todays somber news about the economy I am sure there will be a few people commenting here who have their heads in the sand and will insist that the economy is 'great'.

    There is a cycle working here. First we wanted cheap stuff so we started buying from the Chinese as well as others including India. The Chinese and the Indians now have booming economies and their economies need oil so demand for oil has gone up along with its price which in turn will drive up the costs of those cheap products. Then we have Americans habit of using credit as well as their houses equity to supply a life style beyond their means. Our economy is dependent upon that kind of lifestyle for example Christmas. So, the retailers want low interest rates so that people will use credit. Well, low interest rates mean a lower dollar which makes those goods that we buy more expensive.

    All we need now is for all those foreign countries to decide that they are going to paid in Euros instead of dollars and the Chinese dumping our dollars and you have the makings of a real crisis and I have not even mentioned the sub-prime mortgage problem. What happens when OPEC decides it wants to peg the cost of oil to the Euro? It really makes me nostalgic for the Clinton years when the deficit was down as well as the national debt and the economy was humming along.

    The Bush years have been a total disaster. We now have a never-ending war which the Chinese are financing. And the republicans like to portray themselves as party of fiscal responsiblity? Time to wake up folks. Time to tell all those self-serving corporations, farmers, and ever other company out there that it is belt tightening time. It is time to put our country before profits, tax write-offs, and public hand-outs. I could say more but ...

    November 8, 2007 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. Karen,ny

    If any of you people out there in America had any common sense you would not vote for any of these candidates. A new one will pop up, like Bloomberg, and that would be the proper choice. Take it from Lou Dobbs and myself, you do not want any of these CLOWNS!

    November 8, 2007 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. Jon, Toledo, OH

    Oh, I forgot to mention that the billions of dollars we're pumping into Iraq doesn't help the economy either.

    November 8, 2007 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. bob

    President G.H.W. Bush fixed a dreadful economy and turned it over to Bubba. Bubba screwed it up and handed it over to G.W. Bush. The economy has been growing at a very strong steady pace with extremely low unemployment for the last 4 years. All statistics support this. In the face of that, the democrats have been trying to tell us the economy has been awful. So long and so loud that the lemmings are starting to jump over the cliffs. If the democrats could ever do more than complain, something might get done in this Congress. The American folks want meaningful leadership with clear vision. Future vision. Not 20/20 hindsight brilliance. The Dems are in trouble in '08.

    November 8, 2007 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. John, Kansas City, MO

    Yeah...because all of these issues aren't related...No way does the more than 600 Billion dollars spent in Iraq hurt our economy.

    November 8, 2007 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. PollM

    Sorry to burst your bubble our economy would be much better if we were spending all of the Iraq money in our country.
    Let's try this again, maybe the results will edge your poll.
    What is the number one important issue to your vote for President?


    November 8, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. Bob, Seattle

    G.H.W. Bush fixed a bad economy and passed the fixed economy on to Bill Clinton. Bill took the credit, then wreaked the economy and passed it on to G.W. Bush. The last 4 year however, have seen very strong growth in the economy with extremely low unemployment. This being done in the face of the dems saying that the economy is awful. Now, the democratic lemmings are getting ready to finally jump off the cliff due in large part by the constant whipping up of fear by their leaders. Fear may soom turn to fruition about the economy. With such constant, deafening sounding of the drums by the dems it is a wonder that the good of this world hasn't turned to actual doom and gloom sooner. A sad outcome for the democratic leaders who want power at all costs, insuring that their lemmings will experience a decline. Hopefully, the folks will see through their leaders' power brokering fraud and the Republican's will indeed continue at the helm of leadership with foresight rather than vote in the Democratic frauds that can only seem to lead with 20/20 hindsight.

    November 8, 2007 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  15. Mike, NY

    If only we had a presidential candidate that was a self-taught economist, a veteran and student of our founding fathers' foreign policy, and a doctor.

    ...Ron Paul in '08. 🙂

    November 8, 2007 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. David, Dallas Tx

    bob said, ...The Dems are in trouble in '08.

    Cheney said the same thing in '06, even had statistical data to back it up....

    November 8, 2007 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  17. therealist

    Now that the dems have lost their "choose to lose" strategy in Iraq, they're pinning all hopes on a dramatic slowdown in an economy that's about to enter its, historical, 7th consecutive year of expansion.

    Better have a plan C ready there too, meathead..

    November 8, 2007 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  18. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    Yeah bob!

    We HATED the budget surplus under Clinton, not fighting two wars vs third-world countries that we're NOT wining after FIVE years of trying, those real wages that WEREN'T stagnating, the cheaper health care, the $1 a gallon gas, and the lack of record home foreclosures that's now spreading its way to other areas of the economy.

    I only hope that your stupidity someday becomes painful. But thank you for posting and thus giving me the opportunity to correct you!

    November 8, 2007 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. RealityKing

    4.7% unemployment not counting the 20 million employed illegals

    nuff said..

    November 8, 2007 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. Brian, Athol Massachusetts

    This article is misleading; given the +/- of 3%, there is no significant difference between the 82% for the economy (could be 79%) and the 80% for Iraq (could be 83%).
    Rather they should be considered a tie.

    November 8, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  21. John, Baltimore, MD

    For the most part, Bob of Seattle, I agree with you. Dems are hoping for disaster...and that, in itself, is disgusting. I would add, however, the greed of the mortgage lending institutions, and the STUPIDITY of consumers overextending themselves does not paint a pretty picture. But, of course, it's Bush's fault and why not, everything else is. It's funny how our economy has been the envy of many countries. Just a coincidence, I'm sure, the economies of socialized European nations aren't fairing so well (the exception being Ireland which has implemented tax cuts and deregulation to successfully spur their economy). Yet, these lemmings you speak of want what they have.

    November 8, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. Gene, Houston, Texas

    Re: "No way does the more than 600 Billion dollars spent in Iraq hurt our economy." Actually, John in MO., it does. We've gone (again!) from running a budget surplus to incurring some major debts. (Guess we can leave the debts – along with global warming – for our children to deal with.) We can't afford to provide health care to poor kids, but we can afford to spend billions ($12B/month, in fact) on a war that has gone horribly wrong, that has cost the lives of close to 4000 US soldiers while maiming and disfiguring thousands of others, and that was started under false pretenses. (And the last time anyone saw Osama bin Laden was on a milk carton, under the word MISSING.) Meanwhile, unemployment is on the rise, home foreclosures and the sub-prime credit crunch – not to mention $95/bbl oil – are slowing the economy to a crawl (you ain't seen nothing yet!), and all some people want to talk about is illegal immigration or continuing the course in Iraq. (Did I mention redefining the meaning of the word "torture," or trampling civil rights?) Bush got it wrong. Deal with it.

    November 8, 2007 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  23. theinvestor

    A simple tab over to the business section will show you exactly what the true danger to our economy is...>

    Wall Street braces for higher tax rates
    If Democrats let capital gains and dividend rates move higher, selling pressure could pick up and buyers could get stingy.

    November 8, 2007 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. Andrew, Washington, DC

    With these "polls" its all about the wording. Are people reallyg going to say that either the economy or Iraq are "Not Very Important to them". If the poll had asked voters to pick which one was a higher priority, then some real conclusions could be drawn from it. Right now the poll is a statistcal dead heat – as it should be – because the issues are both extremely important for the vast majority of American citizens!

    November 8, 2007 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  25. Tired of W, OH

    Uh...Gene from Houston...I think John from MO was being sarcastic. I don't think he really believes that the 600 Billion dollars in Iraq didn't hurt our economy. Correct me if I'm wrong, John.
    I agree with everything you said Gene.

    November 8, 2007 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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