September 25th, 2008
08:44 PM ET
14 years ago

CNN Poll: It's the economy, more than ever

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Rob

    McCain has nothing but slight of hand and illusion, smoke and mirrors, he can't speak about the issues because he either doesn't care or it doesn't matter to him... it seem the only thing he wants is to keep every one distracted keep creating moments where it looks like he might be the hero, but has no real plan for leadership. He is lost and in the dark. That and the frightening prospect of his VP choice which has proven to be a complete utter disaster.

    September 25, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  2. Geeque, Chicago,IL

    McShame is done, he is not trustworthy, liar, cannot lead.

    Sarah Palin claiming to have experience in Foreign Policy since Vladmir Putin uses Alaska's airpace, what a dumb answer.

    McCain and Palin have proven to be candidacy of Dumb and Dumber.

    September 25, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |

    America will be VERY sorry if McSame takes office. We are more broke than ever, and he will still expect you to pay for your healthcare if you want it as opposed to getting it through employment.
    Idiot...we can't afford a gallon of gas anymore! How the hell will we afford a healthcare package?!?!
    Tax cuts my butt...such steamy lies you tell, McFool.
    The government is trying to BUY us with the forclosure deal, and if you fall for this and give the government more power, they will microchip our necks like dogs.
    I am NOT for sale.

    Obama '08

    September 25, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  4. Elizabeth

    Funny how CNN never prints any of the comments if they do not
    kiss Obama's campaign. Only the comments negative to McCain.
    SO OBVIOUS CNN wants to bury McCain. This is a democracy??
    Why would anyone want to talk to the news media when they know
    anything they might say will be taken and screwed aroung with to
    defeat any Republican candidate.

    September 25, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  5. Proud Florida Democrat

    The economy and Iraq are closely related. The battle ground states, many of them traditionally Republican, are drastically close. Even Virginia is only one point in McCain's favor. Democrats have registered over 300,00 new voters in Florida and Obama is winning the Latino vote in Colorado. McCain cannot duck the debate and Palin can only hide from the media and not take or answer questions for so long. America needs change and its only a matter of time that our 8 year national nightmare is over.

    September 25, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  6. Candi

    McCain is a jerk. Do the debate which will let the American people know what is going on.

    September 25, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  7. Big O in NJ

    You know, for anyone that thinks the national economy isn't always the most important issue here's a little pearl of wisdom–While we were fighting this unnecessary war in Iraq looking for supposed "WMD's" (never found 'em) our economy was tanking and no one in the current administration bothered to let us know it. The national economy is always the most important issue, not only when the fallout finally reaches you. And isn't it something that it's going to take almost the same amount that we spent in the war to bailout the industry. You can't pay someone to make this stuff up.

    September 25, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |

    He's a debate dodger!

    September 25, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  9. Paul

    The fundamentals of our economy are strong. McCain '08!!!

    September 25, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  10. Jack

    It's the economy and John (the de-regulator) McCain through politics into the mix and now my stock will crash tomorrow!

    John contributed to the cause of this mess now, he still wants to mess it up!

    Wise up America and see this blatant attempt to influence the election with this phony concern for the average American by the republicans!

    The White House admitted that they have been working on this "bailout" for the past two months so I wonder why my financial adviser didn't get the news?

    September 25, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  11. a _nebraskan

    it's the economy stupid.

    we need to make a decision in this country...inclusion or distraction. which will it be america? i'll let you decide which party, right now, today, in 2008, stands for what.

    we WILL move forward as a nation regardless.

    September 25, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  12. Preston

    And when the going gets tough.. McCain bails.

    I'm sorry, even if I thought I could vote for him I wouldn't now. You CAN help with the crisis AND continue with your campaign.. like Obama IS.

    What do they want to do? postpone the election? Then we'll be stuck with bush even longer!

    September 25, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  13. Logic

    America has lost its main moral value that what in their mind merely is only money and economy. It's true that we as human need money for our life on this earth. But money is not the only all about thing in this life. There are many other more precious things than just money. I'm 100% sure that deep in you heart, you know money won't give you true happiness.

    I still can't believe until this day that America banking system was so stupid that gave so much loans with so easy. How could they never think about possible bad loans? I used to be in several developing countries in South Eash Asia. You won't believe if I say that their bank loan systems are much better than ours despite the fact that they learned it from us through our universities and schools.

    Indeed those mismanagement banks CEOs must be brought to justice. They must be responsible for what they have done for being so stupid and greedy.

    I personally salute Senator McCain for his dedication to step aside his campaign and focus on this crisis first regardless what the liberals said that it is only for political gimmick.

    Actually the Republicans could also say that Senator Obama is also playing political gimmick by keep insisting his campaign and the Friday debate because he knows every time there is an issue with this country, he gains momentum that he'll never want to loose it.

    My fellow Americans, note this, if you think that Obama can bring you to be more prosper, you are absolutely wrong. Note this, on the day he becomes the president, Wall St. will plunge even much further, probably will go back to 7000 Dow Jones. He will be strict to import from China that will lead to even deep inflation.

    Despite the fact that we don't like China, yet currently we need their goods to avoid deep inflation to our economy. Unless we are willing to cut our salary deep down (thing I am really doubtful that liberals ever want to do), we'll never be able to produce cheap goods in this country.

    CNN, I doubt you'll post this comment because I know how bias you are. But don't worry, my post will be everywhere in where I want to post it.

    September 25, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  14. j krause

    Is it true that one of the things McCain is trying to inject into
    this bill is corporate tax breaks. Is he serious ! While we are on that subject his claim that Corporations pay one of the highest rates
    in the world but do Corporations in the the rest of the world have as many loopholes and deductions as this country. Whatever the rate is a percentage of zero is zero.

    September 25, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  15. Janine D.

    Thanks for nothing you blowhard McCain! You completely spoiled all the work that the bi-partisans did today without you. Go back on the campaign trail.

    September 25, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  16. JFK

    Want to support some more deregulation of the financial industry Mr McCain???

    September 25, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  17. Mad

    I know McCain is not so great on economics but I know he has the right judgement to appoint the people who really can do something about the economy in the right places.

    Sad to call myself a Democrat in these days- sad that we came up with Barack Obama to "save our country"

    Sigh this Democrat for McCain

    September 25, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  18. Ed


    1.) Give homeowners who are threatened with foreclosure an option to convert their 20 year mortgage to a 30 year mortgage, and those with a 30 year mortgage to convert it to a 40 year mortgage etc. This would make it easier for home owners to make the payments on their mortgages thus being able to stay in their homes.

    2.) Lower the interest rates on the existing mortgages thus having the same desired result as in one above, Items one and two would prevent there being a flood of foreclosed and vacant homes on the market with the result of lowering the value of everyones home.

    3.) Force the credit card companies to reduce their interest rates to 6%. I can remember a time when any interest rate over 6% was considered as usury. Lowering the interest rates would make it much easier for people to pay their debts and thereby not ruin their credit rating.

    4.) Top executives who are responsible for the mortgage crisis should not only not get any golden parachutes but should also be required to refund the salaries that they received during the last four years or from the time that they first started falsifying their company books – which ever is longer.

    September 25, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  19. chuck

    McCain has shown that he has no interest in what's best for America, just what's best for his political career. He's using the bailout in a frantic attempt to rescue his failing campaign. He was the only senator laughing in the meeting with Bush today, while the US economy is on the brink of collapse.

    McCain is reckless, selfish, and out of touch. He's worse than Bush.

    September 25, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  20. Bruce O'Brien

    The opportunity presents itself without the death of John McCain. Sarah Palin steps in to cover McCains slot in the debate.

    September 25, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  21. annette

    The McCain camp is a joke, a comedy hour. I can't believe what I am witnessing here. This is appalling, a shame. This country is the laughing stock of world countries right about now. A 700 billion dollar bail out, the senseless Iraq war for oil, a recession, a GOP VP that is insulting to ALL woman, a GOP candidate, well XCXCXC???

    September 25, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  22. CJG

    I would think Obama will benefit more in the polls in the days to come.

    September 25, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  23. Frank

    Maybe this is why McCain wants to dodge the debate.

    He has just run out of excuses for his miserable record.

    September 25, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  24. Franky

    Anything new guys?? Good luck with the American people with that...

    September 25, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  25. LC

    Everyone knows that Democrats are better with the economy. The choice is clear.

    September 25, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
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