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
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  1. Evelyn

    I have been voting in the AOL straw poll this week and last week and
    today the numbers showed Obama 35% and McCain 65%. This is
    amazing in light of the official polls reported in the press that shows
    Obama ahead. Could someone please explain this to me?

    September 25, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  2. Asta la victoria Siempre

    the republicans want to US the people to bail their rich friends with our own money our tax money

    the republicans said: we will fix it........

    the republicans said: (mcsame) i will go fix it

    the republicans said : (mcbush) i summon both candidates here to be present to solve this (wink wink,__ stop attention on the debate and crisis so mcbush looks like he can think economics..)

    the republicans said: we will not AGREE to just leave our rich friends without compensation, so there is no deal therefore no debate

    the republicans said: we want to get richer and richer.. so no deal

    the republicans said: no help for victims of hurracaine Katrina, they ought to fix it themselves

    the republicans said: no help for millions of american families loosing their homes to foreclosures

    the republicans said: yes yes bail out the richest in wallstreet they matter... even if they dont help the people in mains street (by the way that term is Obama's term not mcbush )

    the republicans said: WE will TRICK YOU AGAIN


    September 25, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  3. Reality

    What has Obama offered for the economy? Huge government spending for his political cronies and companies that funded his campaign. That money will come from the taxpayers pockets.

    The real story is: Why doesn't the media expose the actual policies behind the candidates?

    Rhetoric and inaction by congress for the last 8 years is the cause of the financial crisis. No two ways about it. A president who prizes his ego and the political machine that created him above all else is not going to sole our problems.

    September 25, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  4. James

    Yeah, we all know Obama is a wizard on the economy so this issue obviously helps him. What a joke...

    September 25, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  5. David

    "Poll shows bad signs for Republicans/McCain"
    How many times have I seen THAT headline over the last few weeks?
    Obama/Biden '08!

    September 25, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  6. Andy in Seattle

    Good!! Maybe people will come to their senses and vote for the intelligent and far-superior choice in Obama.

    September 25, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  7. I Can See Russia

    McCain, no one cares about the POW story anymore.

    Palin, no one who has listened to the few words you have spoken believes you could lead this nation.

    Times up, Obama wins

    September 25, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  8. dem 4 McCain/Palin

    The republicans in 2004 tried to get more regulations on Fannie and Freddy and wall street. John McCain spoke on the issue in 2004 but the democrats(which I am) kept voting down the bill. Thats why we are in the mess we are in with wall street. This issue with wall street is not a new issue like the media wants you to believe. But the democrats would not vote yes to regulation on fannie and freddie. So here we are 4 years later and whats funny is the democrats are blaming the republicans which is not true...

    September 25, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |

    Isn't McCain the clown that wanted 10 debates before the general election? I think he almost bit off more than he can chew. My granmother use to call it "eyes bigger than the stomach" effect.

    McCain can't ever make one debate and his campaign is talking about canceling Palin's VP debate. What a scam and scum.

    September 25, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  10. BJBM

    There McCain goes, screwing everything up.

    September 25, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  11. Republican Woman For Obama

    McCain is a you want him gambling with your children's futures?

    September 25, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |

    HOW come no ones talking about what the voters think this is a stall tactic?

    September 25, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |

    If Americans votes this goon into office, we can all go to hell in a hand basket because life will be pointless.

    September 25, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  14. Goodson

    McCain pulled a stunt just to scuttle the planned rescue of Wall street just to appear to be opposing Bush at least for once.( what a way to distance onself)
    He's just been caught in the act.
    McCain = Bush

    September 25, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  15. just my observation

    Just because the economy is the most important issue doesnt mean people won't vote for McCain because the average American is dumb as a rock.

    September 25, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  16. austin tx

    Drop out WcCain. He can't be trusted to run an economy based on gimicks.

    September 25, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  17. mike

    vote!!!!!!!!!!! obama/biden 2008!!!!!!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  18. Wanda Bledsoe

    We need relief from this economy-period. Vote-Obama.

    September 25, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  19. You Dont Understand

    Socialism is redistribution of WEALTH.

    Obama purports redistribution of DEBT.

    Theres a big difference. With Obama, the people who created this horrible economic situation and made millions would pay for it. McCain would cut THEIR tax burden shifting it to YOU.

    September 25, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  20. Andrew

    This bailout is the one of last nasty things to come from a Bush administration. The republicans should take ownership of their mess.

    I bet McCain stays in washington convinces those republicans to sign and tries to take credit,

    Personally this whole thing is rushed, Simple say you are working on it and the funds will be short coming, that is enough to prevent panic in Wall street.this should not be rushed , too many times this adminstration has rushed like the vote on the Iraq war.

    It is a deeply unpopular bill and rightfully so, what exactly are taxpayers getting in can profits belong to wallstreet and losses go to the taxpayer, even socialist dont believe in collecting losses

    September 25, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  21. Pissed off Republican

    Georgia has been voting for almost a week. I am going tomorrow to cast my vote. I am so sick of Mccain and his gimmicks. We need a REAL leader and Obama has proven to have a steady temperament throughout the past year. He's never strayed while McCain is all over the place in the face of crisis. The past 2 weeks have given me all the information I need to see how each candidate has dealt with crisis and Obama has stayed calm and in control. Meanwhile McCain has backpedaled (from saying the fundamentals of the economy are sound), grandstanded and hail mareyed himself away from my vote.

    September 25, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  22. mary

    we want to hear more on the economy now than any thing else.we want to hear a debate on 9-26-o8 between McCain and Obama. there is no reason for the debate to be postponed for a later date . my gosh that is plenty for the debate.McCain will have Saturday,Sunday and all of next week to hang out in Washington until there is some agreement and a vote is taken if he wants to.

    September 25, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  23. jason

    The debates are held at 9.00 pm on Friday and there is not going to be a meeting on saturday or sunday. Its obvious that McCain can attend the debates since there is going to be no one in washington discussing the bailout.

    Well if he can't make it, lets have Biden Vs Palin tomorrow.

    McCain suspends his campaign because he has to go to washington. Why ? Doesn't he trust his VP to run the campaign. She is not attending the meetings in washington is she ?? She is ready to be VP on day one but not ready to have a debate ?

    There is only one conclusion that commonsense can get us to and that is

    QUACK ... QUACK .... QUACK ... QUACK.... McQUACK ... QUACK.....

    September 25, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  24. JO

    Obama is/ was so concerned about our economy that he said he would go to Washington if he was needed. That is REAL concern! I'm sure he will have all the answers, that is, as soon as someone gets his teleprompter up and running in front of him. Otherwise all we'll hear are his uhs.... uhs....

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

    Lies and more lies – that's all were getting from John McCain and Sarah Palin – "Straight Talk" my touche!

    John McCain is playing politics with my retirement and my entire life savings and since I'm 64 years old, I don't have time to recover.

    I have been married for 40 years and I won't have a chance to marry a rich trophy wife like John McCain did (and I don't want to) but, I need for my hard earned savings to be secure and not "played" in a political race.

    John McCain says he is suspending his campaign well, I think he is lying and you and I can see all his surrogates out there campaigning!

    September 25, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
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