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. Jesus Praising & Freedom Loving Patriot

    Gloom and Doom: "Go into America and buy a million homes and burn them down to reduce surplus" -That's how bad it is!

    September 25, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  2. Lesley

    McCain is using this crisis to help his standing in the polls by suspending his campaign and going to Washington. If it were truly an effort on is part to work out a solution, he could have continued with the campaign, had the VP continue making her rounds, and easily taken a break Friday evening to do the debate. But no, he set the stage for drama big time hoping to emphasize that he is "leading the charge" to bring all parties together and come up with a solution. It will likely come down along party lines what his motives are and some independents will go one way or the other, some people will cross over one way or the other, and the debates, if they ever happen, will decide it all. Meanwhile, I believe that McCain is deliberately using this crisis to help his candidacy by suspending the campaign. There is no need for that. He could work in Washington and still debate and carry on. After all, we do have an election coming up.

    September 25, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  3. onelove

    My fellow Americans:

    I honestly don't think McCain is afraid to debate Sen. Obama. McCain is now the king of political opportunity.

    Political Opportunist. Perhaps if McCain had contacted Sen. Obama first then maybe just maybe I could believe him.

    September 25, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  4. ex-Marine, ex-Republican

    John McCain helped put us in this mess, thinking that by giving big business lots of money and free rein to do as they pleased, they'd somehow make us all rich.

    John McCain, get out of DC before you put us in an even deeper hole!

    September 25, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  5. Amber


    September 25, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  6. the other jd

    I believe Obama is not only more qualified (both through experience and and temperament) to deal with the economic crisis, but also to deal with Iraq, Afghanistan and NOW with our great partner in the war on terror, Pakistan.

    September 25, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  7. deborah, WV

    This shambles of an economy is not just the fault of Roveanomics and the Republican gang, but also by the conservative media. Limbaugh and Beck and Hannity and all the hugely over paid spinners also should share in the blame. All voters should pledge to boycott all their air advertising products. When their money drys up they will be out of business. We can vote with our dollars too.....if after the last 8 years we have any left.

    September 25, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  8. FL4OB

    Unfortunately, I do not trust McCain's support of deregulation that caused so many economic problems, especially without the proper oversights while the Republican Party was in majority.

    Our country needs a new direction.

    Obama/Biden '08
    Yes we can!

    September 25, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  9. VA will go BLUE!!!!!!!!!

    Americans need to think clearly who they will voting for this November. This vote could very much decide the fate of this country. USE YOUR BRAINS PEOPLE, WAKE UP AND REALIZE WHAT'S GOING ON!!!!!!

    Obama 08

    September 25, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  10. paul in FL

    I find it very difficult to find anything that McCain is strongest on. He supported the invasion and would stay for 100 years at $10 billion a month. He has flip flopped on everything from ethanol to government regulations. If anything, he is strongest on changing his mind to suit the political winds.

    September 25, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  11. BK

    Obama – 'Call me if you need me. I will be out running my mouth and blaming everyone else. I have no solutions, just nice words to get your vote'.

    September 25, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  12. Republican voting for Obama/Biden

    McCain is doing this because he wants to stop the VP debate. it's that simple. McCain should have done his job and vetted Palin. McCain is doing this at the expense of the American People.

    McCain/Palin/First Dude are repulsive.

    September 25, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  13. Marj,Paso Robles, Cal

    Disagree. Voters realize Obama is part of the problem-Congress approval rating at 17%. Obama has many Fannie and Freddie advisors on his staff. As a voter, this doesn't give me much hope for him to straighten out the economy. Finally, Bubba has been destroying Obama daily now, with his latest praising McCain AND slamming the Democrats on blocking tighter restraints proposed by Republicans.

    September 25, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  14. A Woman In California For Obama:

    Well, in all honesty they are evenly important to me. We would have a strong economy if it weren't for this unnecessary war which has killed too many already. John McWar would be bad for the economy and even worst for national security. He would get us involved in so many wars our national security would be practically non-existent because we couldn't sustain multiple wars all at the same time and we would eventually end up being taken over by another third world country.

    Vote Obama and save the world and our children.

    September 25, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  15. cecil

    "It is amazing what you can get done when the cameras are not on and people are not looking to get credit or allocate blame."

    This Is So True. There A Distraction Being There.

    America Lets Not Kid Ourselves, Politics Never Rest!

    McCain And Obama Need To Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    September 25, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  16. alvino

    Why is it that the party responsible for the deregulations that lead to this ecomonic mess refuse to take any responsibility? Instead, they have to grandstand against the average citizen.

    It just seems to me that the democrats always have to correct the republican mess and the republicans want no part of the blame. Fix this mess!

    September 25, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  17. Asta la victoria Siempre

    and evne so these polls he still does not want to talk about the economy he wants to take a nap after his small stroke
    limbaugh has it out there that Mcsame suffer a minor stroke thus his eyes and lips
    and now it is time to nap

    Nap time for same old same old mcsame


    September 25, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  18. Barney

    If this mess doesn't get his numbers up, the repubs can always count on the good ole fear-mongering by have some other country stir up a skirmish.

    Mark my word. IT WILL HAPPEN

    Fear-mongering is as republican as apple pie is american.

    September 25, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  19. sandee in Portland

    the largest chevy dealer in the US close their doors today because people couldn't get a loan to buy their cars. Just the beginning folks. I'm a Realtor who has buyers with excellent credit and 10-20% down that also can't get a loan because credit is so tight. Unbelievable! Tight credit will not only affect individuals who have the credit and means to get loans, but also small businesses who won't be able to get loans to continue to operate. the conservative republicans put us into this mess beginning with deregulation of banking, mortgage companies, etc., but they won't vote for a bipartisan bill that would get us out. I truly think they are going to try to make their candidate, McCain, look like he's the one that saved the US by getting them to approve a bill. Even Bush, who I never believe, is willing to make the concessions that everyone wants but the conservatives want to make this a political thing.

    September 25, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  20. Bayou Joe

    I beg to differ with you on this analysis of strenghts and weaknesses, neither Barack nor McCain have the expertise to understand the economy and deal with this financial crisis and I don't expect them to have the answer. Furthermore, Iraq and Afghanistan are still a priority with most if not all Americans that really care about the security of this nation and the freedom of others.
    The real issue voters must decide is which candidate will have the courage to make the decisions need to keep this country strong, militarily and financially.
    As a 6th generation American of Mexican descent whose family has fought in every war since the civil war and whose sons are serving in
    the military, the answer comes very easily to me.
    That answer is: John Sydney McCain. He is the only one that I trust to defend and defeat our enemies both at home and abroad. My freedom and that of my family is more important than my bank account.

    September 25, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  21. DeMj

    I think the whole bailout is being staged by the republicans. Earlier they've reached an agreement. After McCain showed up, things went down hill from there.

    Prediction: Agreement may come by late tonight or no later than Tuesday. Afterward, you will hear republicans bragging how things wouldn't have gone smoothly without John McCain. Then say, where was Obama? etc...

    Wish not many people will fall for this but they will (hopefully short term).

    September 25, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  22. Obama 08

    Obama just finish him off at the debates!

    September 25, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  23. maddie

    The war in Iraq has gone on for over 6 years now and yet another young man from my state was killed today. Although the economy is foremost on everyone's mind, how can this dreadful war not be this country's major concern? John McCain and his running mate have no intentions of putting A TIME LINE ON THE WAR AND STILL SEEM WILLING (if not eager) to wage war in other countries. We need to put this country's interest first. Send our children to college, not to war!

    September 25, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  24. Michigan Chick

    God help us if McSame gets in. We are like a wounded animal on the side of the road waiting for McBush to come in and finish us off.

    September 25, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  25. California Gold

    The economy has been growing sour by the week. By November 4th McCain may be wishing he never wanted to be President and Palin will resume praying about witches and gays. What a pair of looney birds.

    September 25, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
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