September 25th, 2008
08:44 PM ET
15 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. Independent but Leaning

    Just say no to domestic terrorism, no to pot, no to racism, no to cocaine... Just say NObama

    September 25, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  2. John

    If Obama not elected for President ,we are in big trouble,trust me on this to all Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike.

    September 25, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  3. Steve in MI

    McCain is off his rocker! He's trying to set himself up as the saviour of the bailout, the great uniter. In fact all he's doing is putting the nations economy at risk in an attempt to save his faltering campaign. So much for country first........


    September 25, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  4. truthseeker

    What is not being reported.............Did you know that in 2000 John
    McCain pulled the same stunt the last minute he cancelled
    the republican debate with George Bush in California. It was
    major news because it was the only major debate scheduled for the state. McCain pulled out when his numbers started falling in the California polls.............Check for Yourself........GOOGLE IT!!!

    September 25, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  5. yousef

    having the GOP in washington for another four years means precipetating the end of the legacy of USA in the world...

    September 25, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  6. Bob

    John McCain DOES NOT care about the economy he cares only about his failing campaign. He came to Washington DC and sabotaged the consensus that was developing. He interjected politics into the process, which was TOTALLY clear by looking at his body language in interviews today. I was totally unimpressed with the way he came across in the interview with Brain Williams. He doesn't understand how to make this work for the American people. Can you believe he said."....I hope Senator Obama will do what I ASKED...." It Senator Obama is son. His language was very condesending. I do not think John McCain can lead this country. He absolutely does not put COUNTRY FIRST. As an independent voter, I will vote gladly for Barack Obama and convince my fellow independents to do the same.

    September 25, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  7. ugot2Bkiddinme

    Wake up america, the Republicans are trying to okey doke america again. We are talking about a party that was willing to put America in jeopardy with a war with no merit. Is McCain serious. I hear he presented an alternative proposal. How is that when he does not comprehend the original proposal he can present an alternative. So am I to believe the GOP have the american people interest at heart or are they more concern about their political career. I say let us all clear the congress and senate house. Maybe we should just vote in more Palins. That will be the answer for both the economy and federal defense. This is a joke in epic proportion.

    September 25, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  8. Supriya, Arizona

    Enough with the republicans who got us into a unnecessary war with Iraq costing billions a year
    and now a serious economic crisis.
    I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take this any more.

    September 25, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  9. Democrat Voting For McCain !!!

    Go John McCain !!!!!
    You Have Millions Of Democrats Behind You !!!!

    No Obama !!!

    September 25, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  10. Laura

    You people all scare me. Obama is all style and no substance. As far as this crisis, he is knee deep with people from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. You cannot blame this all on Republicans, when Dems have been in charge of Congress the past two years and have done NOTHING! Get a grip. At least McCain went back to do his job. All Obama has done since getting into Congress is run for President.

    September 25, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  11. Michael Guilmette

    Obama will debate an empty suit or an empty seat.

    McCain has lost his mind – he picked Caribou Barbie over Mitt Romney? He's lost it, in more ways than one.

    ********N E W S F L A S H *********NOVEMBER 4,2008

    John McCain decided to cancel the 2008 Presidential Election
    because Cindy and Sarah are having a bad hair day.
    Stay tuned for the latest in developments.........

    September 25, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  12. Optimist in N Y

    Economy, Economy, Sickonomy. Niether Mcain or Palin have a clue. My fellow Americans never under estimate the power of a good education . Our leaders don't have to be the kinds we can have a beer with, but they should be equipted Academically. If persueing a higher education and acheiving same with distinction makes one an elitest, give me an elite leader. After all, leaders should be people we hold in the highest estime. We have already witness what happens when a leader is lacking academic lusture. Voting Americans please do not vote to dumb this country down come 11th/4/08. We are better than that. Give inteligence a chance.

    September 25, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  13. stephen

    Oh thank God for Senator McCain showing backbone on this financial crisis deal. Congratulations to him for not caving in to the bullies in banking and in congress and the whitehouse.
    Oh this is the best news I heard all week. McCain goes to Washington and really shows he is a leader. He is with me in saying no to the bailout!
    Please support what McCain is doing.

    – Stephen

    September 25, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  14. Cheri

    After McCains big plan to go to Washington and get the bailout plan moving the news said he didn't even hardly say anything he just sat there.Could it be he has nothing to say because he doesn't know what is going on? My god he said he hadn't even read the 3 page plan.This is the biggest political stunt I have ever seen.

    September 25, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  15. Cynt

    McCane is such a lame brain...and this is the kinda theatrics that we could expect if they are permitted to again steal the election, (God forbid).

    What's worse is that he's been running around the country, playing charades...and is ill-prepared for debates; both he and his running mate.

    News Flash for the McCane camp: THIS IS NOT A GAME!

    September 25, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  16. David Stein

    I'm sorry but a previous poster talked about the dangers of socialism that Obama is pushing. Well, we here in Canada are not socialist but some Americans call us that. I'll keep my free quality healthcare, my free quality education and my diversity and tolerance, thank you very much. If that's what you call socialism, I'll take that over what you have in the US!!

    September 25, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  17. M K M

    Hillary, where are you when we need you?

    September 25, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  18. John

    Obama is a change...even he isn't sure what change he is going to bring, but I guess a lot of ignorant people don't mind just trusting him to do the right thing. He will have some changes in mind though...especially when it comes to killing the unborn. Obama really gets off on that.

    September 25, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  19. Dr. Robert Dalpe

    I say let the greedy hustlers go under.
    But if you must save them, do it with private money.
    There are so many rich people in the country who
    can pony up the funds and make a profit at the
    same time. The tax payer should not fund the

    September 25, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  20. Marg

    A Republican President has been a dismal failure and the Republican candidate has turned the bailout negotiations into a political sideshow.

    I know... your comment is waiting moderation.

    September 25, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  21. Florida mom

    Wasn't Barney Franks involved in some kind of homosexual prostitution ring that operated out of his basement. I think it's the same guy that is all over the news right now. I thought he resigned from office?

    September 25, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  22. Ken

    Thank God Obama wants to help out the people that put him in the Senate in the first place and deal with what is going on right now! Yes, and Obama wants to debate now when earlyer he didn't want to come on same consderation Obama at least McCain is doing something for the people that gave the Senater his position he has now!!!!! Obama will do nothing for the people and if you think he will tax the rich you peeople are as bright as a box of rocks.

    September 25, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  23. Charlotte

    If Hillary were the nominee, I don't think this would be such a close election no mater the #1 concern. She has them both beat, hands down. Any democrat but Obama would do a decent job, he has no disposition to check on.

    September 25, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  24. John in Texas

    I am so against this bail out. I am so tired of people in this country running around doing what they want to do and not willing to except the consequences for their actions. They seem to have the attitude they can do what they want and someone will bail them out if it goes wrong.
    I am glad Mccain went back to Washington to work on this. After all it is his job (what he was elected and paid for) to be there to vote on bills that will affect this country.
    If more of those elected officals would do their job and not spend our taxpayers dollars like they have an unlimited credit line at the craps table in Vegas maybe we could get something done.
    I would like for them to stop pandering to us with Universal Health Care, Universal Education, ETC.... and do as most of us do everyday, spend less than they make.
    If Mccain can't make it to the debate on Friday, I could step in and take Obama to the cleaners on Foreign Policy and National Security.

    September 25, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  25. MSP

    If you are filty rich, vote for mccain! he and his wife could car less about the mess we are in. he is in with the greedy rep. ceo's. he can't do but one thing at a time anyway. he can't debate and work on the economy. he will have far more than that to do as prez.....

    September 25, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
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