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. S. Boatman

    Its Over Mccain!

    September 25, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  2. Bev

    Marginal oversight and lack of regulation has caused the "invisible hand" to pick the pockets of ordinary Americans. The Bush/McCain political philosophy has laid the groundwork for the dire situation we find ourselves in today.
    McCain doesn' t want the debates to take place because he doesn't have time to cram for the he is trying to bail out. Very transparent! He and his ilk have some explaining to do!

    September 25, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  3. maripil

    Sen. Obama has a better economic sense in handling the economy based on his economic policies! While Sen. McCain is so out of touch! McCain was in Washington for the past 26 years and head of the Commerce Committee in the Senate, yet he did not create any legislation to curb the abuses of the big CEO's in Wall Street, instead he was in tandem with his economic adviser, Phil Gramm to bring deregulation to the markets!! So now, here we are and getting the end result of their bad legislation of deregulation!! How then can one believe he has a better plan to handle the economy? He is very undecisive and flips-flops when convenient even in a matter of hours! The old dude is so out of touch!

    September 25, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  4. michael d

    The problem for McCain is not his stance on the economy, its how he has handled himself throught the whole crisis. Schumer put it best when he described McCain's actions as weird. At a time of uncertainity Americans do not want weird or unpredictable. The manner which he has dealt with things this week will paint a broader portrait of McCain and bring into question how he will deal with other issues.

    September 25, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  5. Fred C Dobbs

    Well, John McCain voted no on the bill to fund the bridge to nowhere.

    Barack Obama and Joe Biden voted to fund the bridge.

    John McCain – an economic policy of action and not just rhetoric!

    September 25, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  6. Karen Sullivan

    I think it's really important that they have the debate tomorrow and focus on the economy instead of foreign policy. The country has a lot of questions and they owe it to us to let us hear their answers. DC can due without the both of them; the deal was written before they even got there. McCain seems to be using the the Wall St. meltdown as a political tool and trying to buy time...for what I don't know, but it definately arouses suspicion. It's really not very professional or responsible of him and dubious of Bush to request their presence for a political photo op. Pretty pathetic.

    September 25, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  7. Indiana for McCain/Palin

    McCain is PROVING his leadership on economic issues RIGHT NOW. He is honest and interested in doing the right thing.

    Go McCain!

    September 25, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  8. sally sue

    Obama has done NOTHING while he has been in the senate other than be picked as the democratic messiah! The only answer that sleazy and corrupt BO has is that he is a corrupt lawyer who is a danger to America.

    September 25, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  9. Lee

    McCain (and his chief advisor Phil Gramm) created this mess by sponsoring and supporting legislation to allow the banks to do the dangerous practices which put the entire economy on the brink of collapse.

    Now McCain pretends to want to "regulate" that which he unregulated years ago.

    Last week he said the economy was fundamentally sound. On Tuesday he admitted he hadn't even read the 700 billion Paulson proposal but by Wednesday he pulls a phony stunt claiming to "suspend" his campaign (while his commercials run and mouthpieces appear on TV) because the crisis needs his "leadership".

    What changed early this week? The polls showed McCain fading again
    as people finally saw that the Palin pick was just a ploy.

    This is just another phony stunt, a carnival show and scam, to again try to fool enough Americans so that he can keep the polls close enough to try to steal it at the end.

    September 25, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  10. paying attention... CT Voter

    Why is he doing this? McCain is getting in the mix and has NOTHING of substance to say


    September 25, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  11. Milton Chicago

    Barack Obama has the advantage , knows more about the economy , McCain is just playing old politics, the true is coming and the american people knows that!!!!

    September 25, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  12. John From Cape.Cod.Ma

    The Debate topic certainly should now be on the Economy since it's the #1 concern of the majority of Americans.

    The two candidates must both be up on it since they were both just briefed by Pres. Bush...right?


    September 25, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  13. Paul for America First

    The debates should be canceled so our elected representatives can do the job we gave them and get to work on the economy. We need action not more words.

    If the Democrats win, then Obama's gonna be sworn in on a gay baby. The oath is gonna end "So help me, gay baby." It's true, I heard it on the radio.

    Is this the future we all want???

    September 25, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  14. Ramesh Shrestha

    It is the economy, stupid.

    September 25, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  15. obama baby!

    oh, so now he cares? he never did before. even if he did fix this, he still wouldnt have my vote!

    September 25, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  16. nafiadi

    Okay now I know who's going to be in the oval office this fall.

    Barak all the way baby.

    September 25, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  17. Lefty in Tenn

    Just look at how McCain screwed things up on the hill today- even as his best friend Bush tried to cover for him. Look at how David Letterman caught him ON CAMERA lying! Look at Sarah Palin's lame answers in that forgettable interview with Couric.

    How on earth is this race not slam dunk over? How? Is America dense or racist? Or both.

    September 25, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  18. Hillary Supporter for McCain/Palin

    Yes – the economy is Obama strong point and with that issue Obama can win the Presidency, but know this CNN I and many Hillary supporters are still voting for McCain. What that does that mean that Obama is losing votes that would give him a landslide victory.

    September 25, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  19. Lilly

    Umm...yeah! But as Letterman said last night, John McSame who thought there were no issues suddenly had an epiphany yesterday, and thought the whole US Economy was going to EXPLODE if he, SUPERJOHN didn't get to Gotham, um DC City and rescue us by pumping $700 Billion Taxpayer dollars into an already risky system...How do they want to pay for it...Lemme guess...Social Security and Payroll Taxes...into the Stockmarket...which will then be suddenly sent overseas in our "global" society never to be seen again. Obama will get the presidency bc JM will set out and the Dems will get the blame...right???

    September 25, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  20. Republicans Hate America

    Yeah and he is too scared to face the public to explain he is completely lost on how to lead.

    September 25, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  21. novice

    Economic Meeting in Washington, D. C.

    Does the “shock (and awe) doctrine” that originated at the University of Chicago explain the events of this past week? Is John McCain well? Is Obama naïve? Is there really an economic crisis that will significantly impact most Americans? Could a branch of the U.S. government use this economic “crisis” as an excuse not to follow election law?

    During the 2000 election, the U.S. Supreme Court decided, in effect, that the election process should be cut short. Ostensibly the correct legal procedures would take too long if the Florida vote count or its election scheme were challenged by additional lawsuits or if the
    Gore case was again returned to the highest court of Florida. In short, the U. S. Supreme Court lacked patience, and it failed to trust both the American people and the legal process itself. Constitutional provisions for electing the President in the electoral college or the U.S. House of Representatives were sacrificed for expediency. Likewise an alleged urgent threat led to an expedient decision to enter Iraq in 2003. What now?

    September 25, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  22. Peachy Keen

    So this guy didn't go to Washington to resolve anything. He went to disrupt and extend the time it's going to take to come to an agreement. After all, if they signed an agreement too soon, he wouldn't have an excuse to get out of the debates.

    This election is going to be a bigger joke than 2000.

    September 25, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  23. joe

    and we need an experienced hand not a on the job training .mccain is the man.go mccain.hillary 2012

    September 25, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  24. David, Silver Spring, MD

    McCain is a jerk. "I'm very mindful of the importance of these debates, but I also know I have to put the country first." Oh, I get it. Because Obama actually wants to face the public so they know where he stands before they vote, he's self-serving?

    Want to put the country first, McCain? Then quit making self-congratulatory remarks when you've allegedly "suspended" your campaign.

    Want to put the country first? Then have some faith in the way our government works. We have members of Congress doing what they're supposed to do. Your presence is no more warranted than it is wanted.

    Quit showboating, flyboy. Be a patriot. Go debate.

    September 25, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  25. Jake, San Francisco

    Of course the Economy is the most important thing now and it will be for a few more years to come. no i didn't say months, years. This mess will take a long time to clean up.

    September 25, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
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