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. AlaskanWannaB

    To the person who wanted to know why Obama went to Washington:

    Because Bush asked him. Probably, at the insistence of John McCain.

    I am just amazed at the few Republican who has posted here that still believe John McCain is honorable. I realize that we all have different values that we admire. I admire honesty above all else...that is why I do not get mad when Biden make gaffes (as MSM affectionately calls them) that sometimes hurt the Obama/Biden campaign. Biden says what he feels. What I do not admire is a liar; especially, one who always laud his time in service. For the past four weeks that I have been focusing on this campaign, I am amazed at McCain's lies and misrepresentations. What is more amazing is that some of his greatest supporters on this blog characterizes McCain as honorable. If Obama displayed the type of character that McCain has displayed during this campaign, I, for certain, would change my vote. I could never support any candidate who outright lies to his constituents. If we cannot trust McCain to run an honorable, if not, savvy campaign, how can we trust him to be the leader of the free world. I vote Obama/Biden '08, knowing that during this time of economic hardships, that he most likely will not accomplish any of the promises he made to us. He has an uphill battle to fight with the economy and as the leader of the free world.

    September 25, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  2. Ben

    Bad sign for MCCain? Gallup has it tied again at 46% apiece. Looks like CNN is trying to gloss over this one (again). This is a loss of ground for Obama depite his short-lived bump last week from the bank meltdown. Can't wait to hear the Hawaiian Horatio Alger "um" and "ah" his way through the debates and give up more points to McCain.

    September 25, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  3. CO

    Why is McCain considered strong on Iraq– when he adamantly supported the war in the first place?

    And the "surge" only appeared to directly reduce the sectarian violence. Actually studies have shown that there was a steep decline in violence because of the exodus of Sunnis in Bagdad at the time of the surge (satellite photos of neighborhoods confirm this) .

    McCain is obsessed with wars and rushes to knee-jerk military solutions over diplomatic efforts. Those who travel abroad know there is so much animosity towards America– McCain will guarantee much more with his hawkish stances. Obama, on the other hand, will diffuse tensions, win more friends for America. Fewer enemies = more security.

    September 25, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  4. Moe, NY

    Please help to save what is left of American economy....Vote for Obama in November...This country cannot afford another Republican administration.

    September 25, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  5. Voting for Obama now

    Now the republicans want large private industry companies to help – – BUT WITH A CATCH.

    They would get enormous tax breaks. Those tax breaks will still be paid for by us – the regular tax payers.

    AND – would some of those Wall Street giants (crooks) also have vested interest in some of the large companies that could afford to chip in???? I'll bet any money on it. I'll bet 700 billion that they are involved with larger companies and may get kick-backs to make up for no golden parachutes.

    September 25, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  6. Ernie in LA

    Obama AND Biden voted FOR the "Bridge to Nowhere". Fact Check. Biden dogged out Palin for supporting the bridge and he voted For it?
    Obama has a LOT of promises to keep and work some miracles. He will not deliver. He is all talk.

    September 25, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  7. Jason

    This is so funny, I think McCain is just trying to fool the american people, and this shows just how desperate he is now.

    September 25, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  8. O-BA-MA

    People are concerned too much with the party that is in power during the economic crises. They should be concerned with what the candidates will do to help

    September 25, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  9. Eaze

    Pissed off Republican, It's time to wake up from your dream. Obama and his even temperment;. Give me a fin' break! It's easy to be level headed when you haven't had any real challenges to address. All Obama has done, other than being a community organizer in cesspool of a community, is serve in the Senate and vote present. I can't imagine Obama as the leader of the free world and our commander in chief. It's amazing how someone who can talk the talk, but not walk the walk, snow so many people

    September 25, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  10. Son of Liberty

    please. McCain has already admitted that the economy isn't his strong suit... why would he really need to stop the campaign? It's not like he is doing bad in the... with the... oh...wait... never mind.

    September 25, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  11. Lilly

    It's obvious that these Obama supporting bloggers believe what the media tells them without doing their own research. If Obama wins it will prove we have a society much like the one Hitler was able to take advantage of. Well, what should we expect, his own Rev. Wright said, "God -– America", and maybe God will.

    September 25, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  12. Ron Peoria, Il

    I am thoroughly amazed that none of these people in the Bush Administration saw any of this coming, yet they have a plan to fix it.
    Anything can be fixed if you throw enough money at it.

    They have this wealth of knowledge and experience and yet they let some wall street bankers fold them over a stump.

    It is my belief that they saw this coming, because they had a part in it.

    It's time that some bankers and some government officials go to jail.

    White collar crime will ruin this country before the terrorists ever could.

    Impeach this President and VP and fire the rest of his wolf pack.

    NO GOVERNMENT at all would be better than what we have now.

    September 25, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  13. k2

    Obama has been in the senate for less than 4 years and has spent more than 2 of it campaigning. Why would he start working in congress now?

    September 25, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  14. Bulldog

    This is pure political stunt by McCain that has thus far backfired on him. He and Palin were going down the tubes fast and he had to do something fast. So he tried to steal Obama's lead of issuing a joint statement to try to help out the negotiations and went over the top and claimed he supspended his campaign while his campaign spokepeople were all over the networks today.

    McCON cannot be trusted, maybe even more than George Bush which is saying a lot.

    September 25, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  15. Obobba

    Anyone who thinks Obama would be better for the economy than McCain, does not understand the dangers of socialism, which Obama is 'pushing' for.

    Hey red 33, if socialism means the redistribution of wealth, then we've been under that system for some time now. Problem is, all the wealth has been redistributed to the privileged few. Time for that to change. Like Sen. Obama says the change has to come from the bottom up, because it certainly isn't going to come from the top. If it means toppling the rich and famous from their ivory towers, then so be it. We'll get by, we're used to doing without. Let's see how they do.
    NO BAILOUT!!!!!
    ""Obama '08

    September 25, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  16. Republicans hate working Americans

    John the rich American is like Bush and doesn't care about me the average working American! John, you don't represent me!!!!!!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  17. mandy montez

    Why would the Republican party care if people can't get student loans? It is in their benefit to keep the people stupid. Whoever falls for this and votes for McCain without personal gain involved is an example of a bully. A person who wants another "cowboy" in the white house. I rather vote for Paris Hilton than John McCain.

    September 25, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  18. Independent but Leaning

    Obama, better on the economy? Whatever. The country's in economic crisis, and Obama says 'call if you need me.'

    September 25, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  19. Steve - southern Illinois

    just my observation – I couldn't agree with you more! 2004 proved your theory. Hopefully Obama will squeek by in spite of this.

    September 25, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |

    McCain has not even read the Bailout Bill!

    September 25, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  21. Arizonan awakens

    Campaigns and debates were not put off in 1864 or 1944. John, you were a noble hero years ago (I know, I voted for you as a senator). You took a hit with the Keating 5 scandal, but we forgave you.

    But this, this is not forgivable. Why did you go to Washington and inject yourself into this? You started alienating me with your pick of Palen, who is proving a bigger fool by the day. You then do this? Lincoln was the standing president in 1864. He didn't do this. Neither did FDR. I would imagine a Civil War would be worse than what is going on right now.

    McCain, you've shamed me and my state. Your state is hurting badly from deregulation and the subprime mess. Your state, Senator. Us. The ones who supported you. Well, no longer. No longer.

    September 25, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  22. sabrina01

    I'm Glad Mc Cain didn't get his way with PRIVATIZING SOCIAL SECURITY .......IT WOULD BE IN A DUMP LIKE WALL STREET

    September 25, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  23. voterinNC

    McCain: Ready to play politics with 700,000,000,000 US Tax Payers Dollars on day one.

    September 25, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  24. Erika for Obama!

    MC CAIN (or should i say bush's "mini me") LIES!!!




    September 25, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  25. Scott

    Why is it that Fox News is the only network looking at the fact that the Democrats who are in charge of Congress are the ones who refused to do anything about the credit problem back in 2005 when the Republicans led by John McCain tried to resolve the situation? CNN as usual doesn't want to use their investigative team to look at the issue; instead they are trying to figure out how to blame Sarah Palin for the whole situation.

    September 25, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
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