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. Stan from Michigan

    Independant in Indiana your the reason we are in this mess. Maybe you should have bought a house you could actually afford, and if you were laid off from your work you should have had enough money to pay for 6-12 months of your bills and find a new job.

    If you couldn't have done this, then you bought a house for more than you could afford.

    You idiots are making responsible tax payers like myself have to pay for your stupid decisions.

    September 25, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  2. budswisr

    This country is going to be great just as soon as Obama gets elected. 250,000,000 mexicans will be put on welfare rolls and drugs will flow so freely we will have millions of grade school junkies. Things will be great so start building your mud hut now.

    September 25, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  3. Amber Oklahoma City

    The economy is the WORST thing going right now. Anyone who does not live in a cave can see that. The question I have is why do Americans wake up every morning and hear about another bank going under? Why don't all the banks just come forward at one time and say they need help so that we can determine exactly how bad the situation is and then make a decision as a nation on what to do with all the facts. Monday it is Lehman Brothers and Merril Lynch. Tuesday it was AIG. I woke up today and WaMu is being bought by someone.
    I mean the banks know they are going to come out and say they need help. I do not understand why they are coming out one at a time, day after day. Why doesn't somone step in and say look if you are going under and you need help, you need to come out and speak now or you are on your own. Not that I agree with the bailout cause I don't but I am just saying, give us all the bad news at once so we can start dealing with it, as opposed to giving it to us in tiny chunks, and just as soon as we have digested a piece, another piece breaks off and chokes us.

    September 25, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  4. henriettap

    McCain is so out of touch with reality until it isn't funny,he can do nothing more than throw up smoke screens when he is getting behind in the polls,he has Palin on the ticket whom thinks that she has negotiations with Russia because as she says the Russians fly into Alaskan air space,I'd say that they are both in the land of Oz.They are very scary.He can get away with having someone in his campaign still getting paid from the firm on wall street he had not been in talks with anyone that was negotiating the bailout in DC yet he suddenly had to fly there to head things up.McCain needs to start telling the truth and not so many lies.

    September 25, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  5. Scott Tucson

    So what made Obama an economic at a Wal-mart without bouncing a check? Can Obama even balance a checkbook?

    LaVelle from GA, above should do a little research and see that it was demorats who wanted to ease off lending restrictions so that just about anyone can buy a home even illegals and those who can't afford a home loan. Just check out the past voting records of Barny Frank, Chris Dodds and Chucky Shumer on the Fanny/Freddie issues.

    September 25, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  6. Jan

    Some of the professional political commentators have been saying for months now that McCain does not like the debate format (because he has to think on his feet) so it doesn't surprise me that he would use this opportunity to avoid Friday's debate with Obama.

    The President of the U.S. MUST be able to tackle many problems at the same time. John McCain can't even talk intelligently about them, much less come up with workable solutions. He's been a Senator for 26 years and look at the mess we're in. Sarah Palin isn't even worth commenting about. As mayor of a town of 5,400 people, Wasila had a deficit of $22 million when she left office. Enough said about her ability to run things.

    Our country is in major crisis. Let's give Obama a try. He certainly will be able to give us a fresh perspective, if nothing else. If Obama fails as President, in 4 years we can elect Hillary Clinton, who should have been the candidate in the first place.

    September 25, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  7. Paul g

    Again in my opinion CNN are friends with Obama , how can you say there bad news for McCain when Gallop Polls report on September 25, 2008
    Tied Again as Economic Negativity Grows
    USA Business and Economy Consumers Election 2008 Video Reports John McCain and Barack Obama are now tied in voter preferences, 46% to 46%, with a record-high 55% of Americans now rating the economy “poor.”

    Cnn should discontinue to support Obama as well not accept Advertising revenue , the American public is not stupid.

    September 25, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  8. Julia in South Carolina

    My comments NEVER make the final cut, but I'll try again...

    Hedging the debate proves McCain is nothing more than a coward.

    I love the "walk and chew gum" thing...I am a mother that balances church activities with school activities and who works full-time while managing a successful marriage as well as maintaining relationships with my extended family and friends. I balance the budget, settle quarrels within the neighborhood, cook, clean, help with homework, hang the laundry, and am STILL able to read up on the news. I think the whole ploy to cancel the debate because there are "more important things to do" proves that McCain doesn't care what the American people think or deserve.

    What if we were faced with more than one crisis at any given time while McCain holds the White House; which would get "cancelled" while he focused on the other? We, the nation that re-elected George W. Bush, needs to wake up and realize that we, the people, deserve more and should demand more.

    If John McCain wins this election, I will lose all faith in the brainpower of the American populace.

    September 25, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  9. Michael

    Obama should be doing something in Washington instead of running his yap. He was, oh so long ago, elected to be a senator, a job that suddenly wasn't good enough for him. What a zero.

    September 25, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  10. FactCheck

    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!!


    Actually I think REALITY is too much for you to grasp. Please go ahead and vote for McCain. After he gets through outsourcing you job, cutting your healthcare and sending the debt to the lobbyists, maybe the Chinese will hire you to clean their toilets. Brush up on those Mandarin lessons.

    September 25, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  11. Mack

    I can not understand the hatred on this blog site. Lets be very clear..if Obama would have done what McCain did, you guys would be calling him the great leader of the new world. Niether side can claim their guy has been doing their jobs while running for President. This is a shame on many fronts, but its the world we live in. This is a serious issue that many of you do not seem to grasp. McCain is right that the campaign can wait a couple days until this situation has some resolution. As for the debates, this debate we all want to see is not about the economy and it can wait a few days. Obama has been asked for months to debate and he has refused. I think its more important for McCain and Obama to do their day jobs, help fix this mess and then worry about getting elected. After all, all we see day in and day out is the same retoric on both sides. I think we will all learn more from their actions. So lets get a grip and stop all the name calling.

    September 25, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  12. dg, ohio

    This one is for you red33. I was waiting for "socialism" to pop up. What do you call a 700 billion dollar federal government buy-out of capitalist Wall Street proposed by everyone's favorite sitting conservative President?

    September 25, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  13. tunde obasanjo

    McBush, please stay home and take a bed rest, the cancer may relapse. Falin, please get back to the black-cold alaska

    September 25, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  14. Frank from Peterborough

    McCain going to the house to try and galvanize his conserative base then derailing the nonpartisan package the senate had formulated pretty much tells you where this loser is coming from with his pandering and political posturing.

    September 25, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  15. Al P.

    There is nothing so fiercely important to the American people than an informed democracy. Trying to derail what is obviously one of the momentous presidential campaigns in recent history is not only foolish, but unpatriotic. It defies democracy itself.

    Our country can weather this crisis, and our candidates can participate in that weathering. But to try and "put a campaign on hold" with only a few months left, even if you take it on face value and not a cynical move to try and halt a spiraling campaign, it is still anti-democratic, and insulting to our intelligence as citizens.

    McCain is out of touch. He doesn't even remember what it's like to vote in an important election.

    September 25, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  16. Escaping the GOP

    No more Republican rule, please. They like to point out that the Democrats have been in control of congress for 2 years. WELL, THE GOP HAS BEEN IN CONTROL FOR 6 YEARS. AND BUSH HAS BEEN IN CONTROL FOR 8 YEARS. There is no way the Republicans can push this one off on the Democrats. Bill Clinton left a surplus when he left office and George Bush ran through it like a druken sailor.

    If the people of this country put the Republican in control again, we deserve everything we get – and it ain't going to be pretty. McGramps and Caribou Barbie will finish this country off for certain. We won't be great anymore.

    September 25, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  17. barbara

    McCain calls himself a gambler. We don't need someone gambling
    with our welfare and the future of our children. Sarah Palin calls herself "just an average hockey mom." We don't need average,

    September 25, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  18. Gismo

    Honestly? McCain was pretty dimwitted on the Iraq issue, also.

    And LOL at the people in this blog actually defending him. Are you people serious? But then again, you people voted for that idiot Bush TWICE, so...

    September 25, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  19. jab

    Financial crisis, better look at Franks and Dobbs who started this mess with everybody deserves a house no matter how unstable they are.

    September 25, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  20. McHoover Would Destroy What's Left of America

    He sat at the table.

    Said nothing.

    Why is he there again? Oh yeah, political ploy. I almost forgot.

    September 25, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  21. JMcIntosh

    If folks think that Obama's economic policy of raising taxes and spending will fix the economy... the eye opening after the election will be painful. McCain has shown leadership here. All I've seen from Obama and Pelosi and their ilk is political posturing and partisan brinkmanship. They keep stringing this out and our nation is going to be in for a world of hurt. Get it done dems. You have the stick – fly the plane and quit arguing about who gets the credit.

    September 25, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  22. Joyce Becker

    McCain takes the Ship of State literary, he thinks he is now the Captain and called for "All hands aboard". The only problem is that he is not the president or even the captain and this is not the navy, he just doesn't get it.


    September 25, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  23. Curtis - Marietta, GA

    Before MCain said he was going on Wednesday, they were close to a deal. Before John McCain and Obama show up today, we were told the deal was done. John MCain has been there for half a day and there is already bickering going on and the republicans are pushing back. A lot of help he is doing!

    Obama warnded us that having him and McCain showing up would only make matters worse. They show up and MAKE MATTERS WORSE! Way to go McCain. This is serious and he reacted irrationally and messed things up. Bushes shoot from the hip reactionary style helped get us here and McCains is already doing the same. I can't wait for the "I told you so" announcement from Obama. Come on America, hold together for another 40 days, change is a comin!

    September 25, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  24. TKW-New Mexico

    Me in FL- Please do your research before you make a comment. This is what the internet is for to keep you informed. I would rather you say that you're not voting for a black guy. Go to Barack's website, he lays out specific plans. What has McCain done but lied to everyone like Bush. Your comment doesn't make sense. Do your research! He has a law degree from Harvard (John McCain graduated 894 out of 899 in the Naval Academy). I'm sure he can comprehend, you're just not listening.

    September 25, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  25. Barb in Omaha

    In these times on the domestic and global economies fronts, and their relationship to basic foreign policy ( and politics aside) I trust a candidate with a degree from Columbia, major – International Sudies and a Law degree from Harvard with a running mate with similar educational backgrounds.
    I won't belittle McCain and Palin's education, but it is a far cry from Obama and BIden and I think we are seeing the results every day as they react to complex problems.

    A good soldier, absolutely! – a President, not even close to being qualified in today's world. Plain and Simple

    September 25, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
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