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. aggie

    Seem there is some agenda for this financial attack time table. It seems to happen on election year. It seems to start the main attack around Sept 11 (9/11). It will benefit the one that is so soft to terrorist. Think who will be benefit on this?

    Will America be socialism? Stay tune

    September 25, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  2. JBP

    Katie Couric CBS Interview with Palin. McCain has just proven he is a selfish, narcissistic man. Palin is not ready, he knows it, he's using her as eye-candy. Palin is not without talent or determination. For the first time I actually feel sorry for her. I truly do. She is just so unknowledgable its sad, very very sad. And McCain is disgusting to put Americans at risk with her as VP. Disgusting.

    September 25, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  3. Call it down the middle

    Did someone just post something about a teleprompter? You can tell when one side starts loosing because they start grasping for anything. I actually like McCain in some ways, for his service to this country in Vietnam. He did some stand up stuff, nobody can take that away from him, but the man is out of touch. Not knowing how many homes you have is proof! But that doesn't matter, what matters is where he stands on the issues. He's been around D.C. for too long, too many connections to the old school, and he is going to do the same stuff we've been doing, and it's clear that what we've been doing isn't cutting it.

    September 25, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  4. observant Utahn

    McCain really wants the first debate topic to be the economy and the third debate foreign policy (just reversed from what is originally planned). The reason why is that it allows him to debate his weakness first and then his strength (foreign policy) much closer to election day where he stands to do better. I agree the recent financial problems has sort of forced the timely reversal of the debate topics. But the McCain campaign is doing everything it can to ensure the debate topics reverse.

    September 25, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  5. T

    Senator McCain was pretty clear that he wasn't aware a bailout was needed until Bernanke blew the horn in Jerusalem.

    He has seriously compromised himself as the Republican candidate.

    Hopefully, McCain,72, will retire now .

    September 25, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  6. Vic

    If Barack Obama is so brilliant about the economy, then let him get up there tomorrow night and debate himself while members of Congress do the work they (and him) were elected to do. Or, put it another way - we can turn the TV on and watch him "fiddle while Rome burns." What exactly did the people elect him and John McCain to do? Make a speech or cast a vote when we need it the most. This is surely showing a side of Obama that we needed to see before November 4. And don't try that old saw about McCain wanting to buy more time by not debating. John McCain has been debating issues and sacrificing for this country since before Obama finished his first year at his fine New York ivy league college. The debate can wait. The economics affecting us U. S. citizens cannot. We need action, not words.

    September 25, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  7. Old Jack

    Who do you trust with your 401K John McCain who favors George Bush's deregulation?

    Not me!

    September 25, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  8. Rob

    Mc Cain , I have news for you and that idiot you picked.. its not about either of you. Its about us the citizens of the U.S. and we're taking back our country .

    your old–out of touch and out of your mind . And Sarah Palin well its better to just ignore her–she's hot alright–a hot mess that is !

    September 25, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  9. Mark in TX

    McCain looks increasingly desparate. And did you see the Sarah Palin interview with Katie Couric? Oh my.

    September 25, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  10. McCainGate

    McCain is a sleazy wacko, who is now trying to slow down any plan to resolve the credit crisis just so he doesn't have to debate Obama. McDubya first, Country second!!

    September 25, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  11. zd

    Mccoward! great move, tried to cancel the debate, eh?? now you're about to go to Mississippi and get that butt whooping!

    September 25, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  12. Latinos For McCain/Palin 08

    Wow more an more Liberals Morons on this blog that can't accept that OBAMA is going to lose BIG TIME!! Listen Morons on this blog Latinos will decide this race and the Latinos will pick McCain why because he for COUNTRY First. Face the facts that the Hillary People are all going to McCain. I have been saying over and over the puertorican in the Bronx, well over 20,000 puertorican will support McCain in New York City along. All over the Bronx are sign for McCain and the AA are hating all this. Hillary Puertorican supported are going to McCain, just ask Daddy Yankee!!! that is a fact!!. Latinos in bunches are going to support McCain. We Latinos can smell a RATON (rAT) IN obama.

    Latinos for McCain/Palin 08

    September 25, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  13. ANDROLOMA, Commerce City, Colorado

    I find it incredible that some people are actually blaming Clinton for this mess, while conveniently forgetting the last eight years or the trillion dollar wars we bought against our will. If Clinton was at all responsible for the sub-prime problem, so were the aristocratic slumlords. Bush had eight years to correct Clinton's mistakes... so if mistakes remain uncorrected, they must have been approved of.

    The stupid fellow citizens of ours who defaulted, and the greedy banks who enabled, are the villains in the debacle. They, along with the deregulating politicians, are the ones who should be made to pay. They should be punished, and government needs to stop succumbing to influence peddling.

    When will we get control of those who control us?

    September 25, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  14. Escaping the GOP

    ME IN FL says that "Obama is all about him". Please take your meds and go to bed. Obama is trying to help this country and people like you are so prejudice that you can't stand it that a smart person, who happens to have dark skin, may be able to pull us out of this Republican-built sewer. Or maybe you are afraid he will and you will be proven wrong. In any case, just go sit down somewhere and shut up until you grow a brain. The rest of us will thank you.

    September 25, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  15. Leo

    The American people seams to forget or ignore the fact's This country have been run into the ground by the Republican Party ( Bush) and they still want more. How smart is that.


    September 25, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  16. A. Bradley Green

    John McCain is using the economy crisis to leverage his political relevance. He should be ashamed of himself putting politics and his own selfish interests before the needs of the country. His campaign since the Democratic Convention has been one of total desperation.

    September 25, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  17. Representing the Rational

    A huge number of Americans are foolishly buying this act; McCain's poll numbers have gone up, thus proving once more that you can fool a whole lot of people, a whole lot of the time.

    Dear God, America: Think. Read. Research. Can you possibly believe McCain is doing anything but attempting to manipulate you? It's beyond disheartening to see so many of my countrymen fall for this blatant phony.

    September 25, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  18. Don

    You may predict doom and gloom for McCain, but the aggregate of polls is still within the margin of error. McCain has treated the crisis seriously -even according to Bill Clinton. Obama was happy to defer the entire crisis to others. Is that leadership? Is there no way that he can help in Washington? "I will go to Washington if they ask me to go, if I can contribute". And this guy want to run the country? He might try running something smaller like a city or state first, or maybe even a Senate committee. How about finishing a term in the Senate? It's scary that someone who has as few leadership characteristics has a chance to be President. I doubt he will win because the American public is catching onto his well-orchestrated charade. Axelrod and the media can only hide so much and eventually the public will see that the emperor has no clothes.

    September 25, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  19. fred


    the AOL poll is not a true poll in the sense of a phone poll. If you have 50 people sitting at a computer voting time and again for the same issue,
    it scews the results. The National polls conducted by media are a little more ligit. Obama on the upside of the margin of error in states
    carried by Bush (col,fla, etc) in some polls tells me that Dems are being under polled and Obama's leed is larger. Many Dems only use
    cell phones and they don't get polled. Repub's are generaly older more traditional and are still tied to a hard phone line.

    September 25, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  20. jaw787

    October surprise, anyone?

    Don't worry, Senator McCain. When Israel bombs Iran in the next 30 days, the discussion will return to the security interests of America – and you will win.

    Want to vote for the most qualified?
    I am writing in Hillary Rodham Clinton on November 4 – join me.

    September 25, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  21. Michael

    I work at a Toyota dealership. We're next door to a GM/Nissan dealership. The GM dealership gave back their franchise to GM today. They didn't sell it, or trade it, they just wrote off the millions involved and gave it back rather than continuing to bleed dry. Toyota sales are consistently the strongest in the industry. We haven't had a serious customer enter our dealership in days. When this financial mess is finally worked out I hope we spend what little money we have left to build a really big prison up in Alaska and fill it with the politicians, bankers, lobbyists, and anti-regulation blowhards who caused it. That or just put them against a wall and shoot em.

    September 25, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  22. PoliticoPundit

    Independant in Indiana : You had to sell your house because you are stupid and took the loan which you couldn't pay. It's very easy to blame someone else for your fault. If you had looked at your wallet before buying a house which needed more than you had paid.

    You vote for who ever you want but that's the fact. It's bush's fault if you couldn't pay it.

    September 25, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  23. Old Jack

    Senator McCain is risking my savings by playing politics with the economic recovery plan!

    September 25, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  24. California

    well mccain is tosted and his done

    September 25, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  25. David W

    "All hands on deck." McCain, your not the only Senator. Last time you made a decision was in April. Go to the debates and fail.

    September 25, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
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