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. Rachielle from VA

    what else is john mccain going to do to gain sympathy votes from blind and clueless americans? fake a bout of melanoma? the fact people cannot see thru this mans BS due to their own stupidity (or flat out racism and ignorance of Obama) is BEYOND me! you ask mcbush supporters "What is he going to do for YOU personally" and they can never answer the question without attacking Obama. It's...sickening how many SHEEP reside in the US. just sad.

    September 25, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  2. hbc7

    It's the economy stupid. Obama 08

    September 25, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  3. Deb, Allentown,PA

    McCain pulled a transparent obvious ploy to take the focus off the fact that his campaign manager was still being paid to lobby on behalf of Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac. And then he went to Washington and basically screwed up the agreement that the Banking Committee had reached, just so he could "save it" and look like a hero. We're not buying it McCain. You're a sleazy, dishonorable shell of a man, and your running mate is proving that she is NOT ready to step in on Day #1. We can not allow these two anywhere near the White House.

    September 25, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  4. Barney

    McCain's smirk is reminding me more and more of Cheney's sneer.

    God help this country.

    September 25, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  5. History Repating

    ..and there..all the shine coming off the 'hero's armor (song by J1).

    WcCain doesn't have a shoulder to cry on after pulling on that shameful stunt..
    And gov Palin s interview with Kouric.. no comment... Game over!
    As they said: if ya cant beat them join them ! forget about country first.
    0/B 08

    September 25, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  6. independent in texas

    republicans show wisdom, do not vote sentiments, lets do the right thing for this country we love. We need out of this mess and I know the democrats have the recipe to do it.

    September 25, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  7. Molly

    Economy is the most importatn issue.
    That's why we need McCain – he is a LEADER that our country needs.
    Obama was "Present" because Bush told him to be there.
    The DEMS caused all this mess – now they want a quick "fix" –
    McCain is doing what is best for our country – and tax payers!

    Obama is a FRAUD!

    September 25, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  8. Monet

    CNN Poll is completely rigged in favor of Obama. McCain will win with a big margin, even though CNN amongst other media outlets, is shamelessly in the tank for Obama. You should be ashamed of yourselves to use your so-called "journalism" to publish a blatant lie.

    September 25, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  9. Independent in DC

    I think I'm gonna call into work tomorrow and suspend paying my rent until this bailout goes through. I have to focus on this crisis! One thing at a time people!

    September 25, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  10. PUMBU


    September 25, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  11. Hannah Stevens

    They said today that had worked out a bi-partisan plan for the bailout and then McCain showed up and scuttled the plan. The more I see of McCain the more it is apparent that he is not presidential material. he needs to go back to the senate and finish out his years there.

    September 25, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  12. annette

    CNN regarding the fact check, any meeting with any foreign country their will be prep planning and a level of understanding regarding a the meeting.??? I mean you can't say, hey, if you get rid of your nukes, I will meet with you or else I will hate you forever????...there has to be mutual understanding and diplomacy and step by step process...which I don't think the Bush adminstration reallly attempt, it was the high road or nothing??? everything is not solved by being a bully all the time.

    September 25, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  13. Yikes

    The heat tiles are coming off!

    September 25, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  14. Jaki

    McCain, McBush, McSame and company is in deep doodoo 🙂

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    September 25, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  15. E.C.Coleman

    There is not one word of truth in CNN News about Senator McCain. Cnn Political News panders to Obama and is Far Left Liberal, along with the rest of the entertainment industry. Why does CNN keep on printing this ridiculous false rumor?????

    September 25, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  16. Abby

    What a MESS!!!!
    Our economy is a Mess – and we need McCain to step up and lead our country out of this.
    Obama lacks the experience, leadership and general knowledge to be President.
    McCain – a Leader we can TRUST!

    September 25, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  17. Indra in FL

    Yes, economy #1. That is why I really want the debate to take place tomorrow ~ how else will I know who to choose? I think McCain is just posturing, but I'm not entirely sure. Either way, he needs to make his way over to the debate tomorrow.

    I mean, I can multi-task – can't he?

    September 25, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  18. s

    I thought McCain said the fundamentals of our economy were strong? Exit stage right please

    Obama/Biden 08'

    September 25, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  19. Omar, Durham

    I really don't think one single issue truely trumps another. But most Americans just won't allow this Country to go into a downward spiral. Our country is pulling up the rear in health care, the economy, national security and other countries are tired of the cowboy-bully mentality that they've recieved from us the past eight years.

    The Economy is very important and needs to stay afront each of the debates. We need to continue to address all issues alike. We have a very important four year ahead of us and we need someone who can address as many issues in that short time and not bank on getting four more behind it.

    September 25, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |

    Well yeah...scary debating butt....pissed me off yesterday with all the mess.Then, he went to Washington after several weeks of denial and lies on TV saying the economy is "fine" now the crap has hit the freaking fan....Vote the stupids back in if you will but we need to take names so if something happens with the dummies(republicans) WE CAN TAKE IT OUT ON YOUR FREAKING BUTTS!

    September 25, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  21. Ray

    McCain would rather attend the Dancing with the stars and American Idol shows than debate. How funny and ridiculous for a man who would like to be president.

    September 25, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  22. ace


    September 25, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  23. Lourdes

    McCain, who only 2 weeks ago was touting himself as a "deregulator" (who admittedly doesn't know a lot about the economy) and who 1 week ago said that the economy is fundamentally strong, has all of a sudden gotten the memo: deregulation is at the heart of our financial woes and the economy is tanking. Now he's sinking even worse: waiting out the public's response to the bailout package before taking a real stance, spending a few hours in Washington for photo ops, and thoroughly politicizing (and mocking) a process that required sincere negotiation. His shameless political pandering will ultimately hurt the American people. Country first? I don't think so. Campaign first is more like it. John McCain has made a mockery of any honorable intentions towards aiding in this economic crisis.

    We cannot afford McCain as president. He is an opportunist and a liar.

    September 25, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  24. Jeff

    Where's Senator Graham – McCain's economic advisor?…Everyone should remember he is the one who called us Americans whiners about the economy just a few months ago. To me it looks like the RepubliCONS are the whiners, but with good reason…their power is falling as fast as the markets. Welcome to the unemployment line with the rest of U.S.


    September 25, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  25. Tracey

    Unfortunately, for him, John McCain exposed his hand and Obama called him on it. This 'sell-out' that will cost you, me, our children and grandchildren potentially 700B won't just go away – so, McCain thought he'd "demonstrate strong leadership" and rush to WA to save our financial foundation. I only wish the polls supported his theory. Then, for the 1st time ever perhaps, I could be dupped into believing him

    He tried to mislead us that our economy was fundamentally sound only 2 or so months ago. Now this. Give me a break. It's personal agenda and politics as usual with this guy - much like it's been during the entire Bush administration. I was hoping to see the 'Maverick' during this election season. Unfortunately, all I've seen is just another politician.

    September 25, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
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