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. JohnJon

    This is a republican tactic to get john McCain elected. Have you noticed now that there has been some improvement in the bail out, not the republicans are stalling it. When the moment it right, John McCain will get his day in the spotlight and try to say he solved this crisis. Am I the only one who sees this. This man is staying away from the debatesm hides his VP and says to postpone the election. This is a travesty.Bush and the rest of these republicans know when Obama gets into office, heads are going to roll and charges are going to be laid. They are running scared. every last one of them. The people better keep a close eye on this or else 700 billion will be gone and these crooks will get away with what they already stole from the taxpayer.

    September 25, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  2. LaVelle from Atlanta,GA

    Is Mccain really the guy you want next to the red button? "WARRRR..wait, that was the wrong country...WARRRRR...wait that was kentucky...WARRRR...wait the economy is bad...WARRR...i dont care about the economy, I just want to suspend my campaign to try and look impressive."

    September 25, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  3. Republicans hate working Americans

    John McCain and the republicans would let us go into a depression unless they get their rich elite tax break!

    They have been aware of this so called crisis for months according to reported accounts and I wonder if "they" have told their party loyalists to get into a "safe haven" while the stock market crashes.

    I have seen many rich mansions being built so it's looks like they want to secure their money in real estate as we go broke.

    September 25, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  4. Make Barack O'Present Vote on the Bailout Bill!

    McCain is forcing Barack O'Present to vote on guess what folks – the biggest economic bill to hit Congress.

    And guess what Barack O'Present would rather not make a decision, talk about foreign policy and continue to ride on this unfounded perception that his advisors (oops I mean Barack O'Present) would handle the economy better? Spare me.

    Well, guess what, it's real simple vote yes or no on the bailout bill Barack O'Present. We don't need to hear your scripted speeches and tired talk points during a solo town hall meeting in lieu of the debate while McCain is actually (here's a concept) DOING SOMETHING TO FIX THE ECONOMY.

    Join the McCain/Palin campaign in forcing Barack O'Present to vote yes or no on the bailout bill.

    September 25, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  5. len

    Obama 08 a leader we can trust

    September 25, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  6. Karl Rove

    Ok Repugs, just follow our plan – delay long enough to get MCain out of the Friday debate and then over the weekend we'll pretend McCain brought us all to consensus and saved the day.

    I sure hope the "dumb" American voters don't see through our plan to try to make McCain electable.

    Now if we can just get Palin out of her debate next week.......

    September 25, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  7. pm

    McCain has got to be stopped. It scares me to think what would have happened this week if HE were in office (And I thought W was scary)
    Worse yet...what if Palin had been filling in for a recovering/ailing Mccain...don't you people see how beyond partisan this is? Use common sense. We have got to think who could CHANGE the course we are on...the Repubs have tried for the past 8 years...look where we r now?

    September 25, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  8. Christopher Tingus

    John McCain must win as the democrats and Republican parties as well as both sides of the Congressional floor as you see are very much the same as we see them all "racing" to bail out Wall Street as well themselves for their self-agenda which has placed this nation and the free world in jeopard.

    John McCain went to Washington as he is the leader of the Republican party..his "maverick" reputation is well earmed and the Letterman and other media whose agenda seems to favor Barack Hussein Obama at the expense of a well-qualified McCain.

    I.E., I watch CNN at 9p every night and Democrat Larry King and I see very little derogatory reporting about Hussein (supporter Nancy pelosi woreth $55million) and it interestingly was McCain who three years ago trashed Fannie Mae and let's not forget that Hussein Obama hired the head of tese corrupt Freddie Mac as his search committeee..Democrats, I hope that Hussein gets into office and you know why, because your arrogance in pursuit of power and control of the good American people, the most charitable in the world and your liberal views will finally bring this country to its knees..It is interesting that Joe Biden was a has been during the debates and he still is...

    Hussein Obama is so qualified to be President, com'on his resume would be turned away at most Senior VP posiitons...

    Good luck and make sure you continue your devisive ways and you all can continue to pat each other on the back and you'll fail as the methods you will utilize to raise monies such as the Big Dig here in Boston led by Uncle Teddy and Uncle Johnny Kerry (worth $230million)who never turned a cheek when the costs of a seven (7) miles of roadways went from 2Billion dollars and to date – $20Billion and let's see the enws today, Boston's tunnel tolls will go from $3.50 per vehicle to $8.50 per vehicle...what a hoax...however whether one side or the other side of the aisle you will fail and by the way, the Democrats to control Congress today....Watch the Euro climb sky high, the dollar and the country's worth drop to third world status and the Muslim fundamentalists run the other way not from the weakened liberals, but from German led EU and its growing armies which w/the Vatican support, resurrect the final Christian Crusades..
    Oh, now Larry the Democrat who should be having an objective program presented to us all, now has Chris Rock on mocking McCain and how he introduced Hussein at a theatre NS

    September 25, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  9. ED FL

    john if you are really doing all this stupid manuevering and planning you need to see a shrink. You are disgracing any good you have ever earned throughout you military career and are now disgracing yourself. You are in over your head and and you will continue to deteriate your once proud image. when the election is over you should join Sara on a long vacation in Alaska.

    September 25, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  10. Ike from PA

    McCain is a FRAUD!!! He says he is suspending his campaign, yet he still has his website accepting contributions, his people were still on TV bashing Obama, there are reports in the battleground states that his ad's are still running, and the Huffington Post verified by asking staff workers in battleground states did they know the campaign was suspended and they said it was business as usual. So much for "Country First". McCain will do absolutely anything including putting politics into a crisis in order to stop the momentum he lost by his foolish actions when this crisis began. In addition, the Palin bubble has burst and the public is beginning to see how truly unqualified she is.

    Why would request to delay the debate and choose to move the date to the same date of the VP debate? Do you think Sarah needs more "study" time? This campaign is a fraud and a shame! We see through their crap!!!

    September 25, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  11. pam Eugene OR

    Yes to Obama & no to the Bush bail of wall street. Come on Decm, let the fat cats find their own way out!
    McCain is just a photo op!

    September 25, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  12. Barney

    And I thought SINDERBRAND was bad about censoring, YOU are just as bad.

    September 25, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  13. Ted:Canada


    Compare your economy before BUSH and Repubs took over to WHERE YOU ARE NOW!

    After you do the math – KICK THE B@MS OUT

    they were not only asleep at the switch – they didn't know where the switch was...

    ask for you money back!

    September 25, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  14. Dave

    Legitimate polls (Zogby and Rasmussen) show a trend towards McCain. The polls showing McCain falling apart (WaPo, this piece) are a joke if you read/understand the internals. I'm not a McCain fan, but I'll say this. The final blow that will destroy Obama's campaign (and it will come) will be supplied by one of the Clintons. If you've been paying attention at all, you know the Clintons do not want to see Obama win the election. President Clinton has continually stabbed Obama in the back over and over the last six months and it's getting worse and will continue to get worse. If you don't see it coming, you're blind.

    September 25, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  15. deb

    Where is Cheney in all this? Besides making more money from oil. . .

    September 25, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  16. Susan

    For JC,

    The reason Obama said "I don't know what the House Republicans want" is for the last 7 days there was a deal that is been worked on and pretty much Rep's and DEM's agreed on the principles.

    But today the House Repulicans and McCain wanted to introduce a new plan and was asked in the meeting to explain but failed so. So the meeting left unagreed untill they make a dicision on what exactly want and present their plan.

    That is why Obama said "I don't know what the House Rep's want" Hope this help.

    CNN please post my comments. We are trying to educate eachother as much as we could. Thanks.

    September 25, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  17. Mike from Texas

    It does not matter who is going to be President, Nothing is going to change in Washington until we put "Terms" on our Congressmen/Women. If they cant get it done in 8 years its time to move on.

    September 25, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  18. reg

    Have you heard what the republicans want to do as the bailout. They want to suspend the taxes on companys that buy up the banks and financial institution that fail. It is an okie dok. They want to hide the 700 billion dollars as tax breaks.

    September 25, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  19. Independant/Iowa

    We should let the chips fall where they may. We as taxpayer should never bail out private business that has no accountability. They operated with greed and stupidity and now we bail the jerks out
    No Thank You.
    I am an independant bussiness person and if I fail, is there a bailout for me?//// No way, I have to be smart and savey enough to figure my way thru all the laws we have in this country and pay my share of taxes. The criminal, Greedy, mind set on wall street with there excessive upper managment pay and they don't even deserve minium wage for their what they have done to the American John Q Public.
    It Reaks of super low moral conduct. Cooking the books kind of cheating and the like. Let the morons who put us in this spot pay the price. sell them out and put them in a road gang at the famous pink tent city in Arizona. All we need is accountability and visability to find out what went wrong. A Bail Out is Stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  20. tia

    We've had ENOUGH of Republican rule!!!!!!! Vote for Barack!

    September 25, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  21. Steve

    Red33 in Cedar Rapids, I hate to break it to you, but this country has had large components of socialism for years. Social Security, Welfare, tax credits from the government, Medicare, controls on financies (oops...I forgot, those got removed a few years ago)....Each political system has its own advantages and disadvantages. Most countries, the US included, use a hybrid of the systems that work best for them. There is nothing to fear from other political systems if the best parts of them are implemented carefully. Don't listen to Limbaugh, he's just afraid he's going to lose his financial binky unless he keeps you afraid.

    Unless there is a full-fledged war going on (we won Iraq years ago, right?) the elections are ALWAYS about economics. It has never failed that if the country is in economic strife, the party in power loses.
    McCain is toast.

    September 25, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  22. ME IN FL

    Obama is "all about him" and none for the American people. Does he understand the economic chaos that we are in?? I believe that is too much for the 'empty suit" to grasp!!

    JC you are so right!!! As you can see Obama, listens but does not have the capacity to comprehend. That is too much for him!!!!

    September 25, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  23. swen ERIC

    wake up or suffer for next four years.

    Mcsame is bridge to nowhere....

    September 25, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  24. Micpi

    Red33 – How is sending $700 billion to Wall Street not socialism? Open your eyes! We all should have education and health care. Republicans would rather give cash payouts to CEOs. Dems look out for the rest of us. How is socialism for the rich good and for the poor bad?

    September 25, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  25. Fed Up

    The Press should suspend all coverage of the McCain/Palin campaign indefinitely.

    No stories, no questions no pictures no McCain/Palin

    September 25, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
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