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. Greg for Obama

    How can anyone who could easily throw multiple property deeds into a poker pot understand the economy. The only thing McPain understands about the economy is how many guns he can buy and how many soldiers he can hire with taxpayers money. You think someone with so many health issues and very on in years would be more concerned about health care.
    The ECONOMY in is present state is the reason McCain is trying to duck out of this coming debate. It's inevitable that it will come up as an issue and he's running out od distractions.

    September 25, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  2. wilder

    The lobbyists working for John W McCain's campaign:

    Phil Anderson: AIG
    Wayne Berman: AIG, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac
    Charlie Black: Freddie Mac
    Judy Black: Merrill Lynch
    Kirk Blalock: Fannie Mae
    Carlos Bonilla: Freddie Mac
    Mark Buse: Freddie Mac
    Nicholas Calio: Fannie Mae, Merrill Lynch
    Andrew Cantor: Merrill Lynch
    Alberto Cardenas: Fannie Mae
    James Courter: Merrill Lynch
    David Crane: Freddie Mac
    Dan Crippen: Merrill Lynch
    Arthur Culvahouse: Fannie Mae
    Alfonse D'Amato: AIG, Freddie Mac
    Melissa Edwards: Freddie Mac
    Benjamin Ginsberg: AIG
    John Green: AIG, Fannie Mae
    Vicki Hart: Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch
    Richard Hohlt: Fannie Mae
    Kate Hull: Fannie Mae
    James Hyland: Merrill Lynch, Freddie Mac
    Aleix Jarvis: Fannie Mae
    Thomas Loeffler: Fannie Mae
    Peter Madigan: Fannie Mae, Merrill Lynch
    Alison McSlarrow: Fannie Mae
    Susan Molinari: Freddie Mac
    John Napier: Freddie Mac
    Susan Nelson: AIG
    James Pitts: AIG
    Aquiles Suarez: Fannie Mae
    Don Sundquist: Freddie Mac
    William Timmons Sr.: Freddie Mac
    Vin Weber: Freddie Mac

    September 25, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  3. Ivanna- Charlotte

    Wake Up America indeed!!! We need Obama in the White House and it couldn't come any sooner. Bush and Paulson's bailout proposal was the last spit in the face they could give us after 8 years of disastrous policy-making and ridiculous governing.

    September 25, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  4. Why so bitter

    Why are you liberals always crying about how stupid everyone else is? Sooner or later you should take a look in the mirror. Your all a bunch of whiners who are angry because we Americans don't want to behave the way you think we should. We are not your puppets, we will vote what's best for us, not for your "we know best" egos.

    September 25, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  5. BB

    Why are my comments still a waiting moderation?

    September 25, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  6. sue calgary

    Vote McCain at your own peril! He has no clue as to what's going on or how best to tackle the economic crises in America! At the best of times he's BEFUDDLED!!! Don't let race stop you from voting for the better candidate. Rise above the race factor!!!!

    September 25, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    WOW! do mccain really think the american poeple is this stupid to not see threw his stunt. why didn't he just call obama and cancell the debate. this was so much a political move it stinks to high heaven.even my ten year old child could see threw this.

    September 25, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  8. sandee in Portland

    All these people saying Obama's an empty suit must not have any clothing. Here's a man that's highly intelligent, calm in all situations (unlike McCain) and who gives serious thought to what he's going to say and do. He doesn't shoot from the hip and I thought his remark today regarding politicizing detracting and doing harm to the meeting was right on. What can McCain possibly know of the economy when it comes right down to it. He's so wealthy he'll never have to worry about making mortgage payments, car payments or anything else. Also, on top of the all money he makes, he's collecting Social Security which he could have not applied for and which he should have not done if he really is "country first".

    September 25, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  9. Old Jack

    The economic problem is a REPUBLICAN issue – they are the ones that wanted a de regulation of the financial markets.

    George Bush tried to save a bit of his legacy but, his republican party members including John McCain want to dump the recovery in favor of a market free for all!

    Nice, but they had a head start and got their money out and us 401K workers are at risk! AND THEY DON'T CARE!

    September 25, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  10. jessy

    Mccain where is your VP Sarah air head? thanks but no thanks we need the debate, and we need your medical records very soon!
    Our country cannot afford Ms. Sarah air head as President.

    September 25, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  11. Cheryl

    As usual all Obama is concerned with is TALKING! McCain atleast KNOWS that he had to get to Washington and be a PART of whatever plan they can come up with. What kind of a leader wants to hear second hand or by PHONE what is going on when the whole Country is in CRISIS over the economy?? IT boggles the mind that ANYONE can think for ONE minute that Obama has the experience or JUDGMENT to lead this Country????

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

    "But wait…I thought Obama said he displayed his leadership by being on the phone on a daily basis with white house, senate, and house leaders to resolve this issue. How can he issue a statement today that says "I don't know what the House Republicans want." Has he not been talking to them?"

    the house republicans don't even know what they want. half of them support the bailout, the other half don't. there was support for a plan, at least in principle this afternoon, then a bunch of republicans backed out at the 11th hour. so, please forgive obama for not knowing what they want when they can't figure it out themselves.

    September 25, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  13. Dan (TX)

    No bailout for greedy Wall Street either! I'm far from convinced of all the "gloom and doom" being spread around. We got time to analyze the situation and do things right – perhaps with the next Congress and President.

    I fear the only thing "urgent" about this is staying in power or getting re-elected.

    "Government robs from the poor and gives to the greedy." Ronald Reagan

    September 25, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  14. Call it down the middle



    I strongly believe if you had better listening skills you'd be a Obama supporter.

    September 25, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  15. Raymond Clutter

    John McCain will be our next President, if not then we will show the world our stupidity and what a bunch of morons we really have here.

    September 25, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  16. FactCheck

    CBS News reports that the alternative plan floated about by McCain has more corporate tax cuts and less regulations. What a reformer!!

    September 25, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  17. Al

    ME IN FL...

    Please tell me you're joking!

    September 25, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  18. Jim

    Maverick McCain claims he reaches across the aisle. So here we have a deal hammered out over a week by both houses and both parties, as well as the administration, and then Mr. Bipartisan flies into town and upsets the apple cart. McCain is like Bush – nothing but politics, all the time. He probably figures his long record of pushing deregulation in the banking industry is not something he wants to defend right now in the debates. More political points can be made by riding into DC like John Wayne, after 5 months on the road, to save the country. It will be good to soon be rid of this gigolo poseur.

    September 25, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  19. Rip

    As a Democrat turned Republican many years ago (after I got a job, got married, bought a house and started paying state and federal taxes), I have become a conservative by nature. While I always seem to have a hard time deciding whom I think should be President of this great experiment in democracy, I tend to lean to those whom I thnk are the most responsible in terms of economic stability. It seems to me that the Republicans always seem to be ahead of the curve, while the Democrats are playing catch-up. The bottom line for me is that JohnnM

    September 25, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  20. Alice

    But we can all take solace in the fact that McCain is skipping that silly debate to singlehandedly solve the financial crisis . . .

    September 25, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  21. funnyitis

    What McCain is palying is a very childish game, and this is how all the big empires and powers went down in hostory. We will see if the American public is stupid enough to replicate the history...

    September 25, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  22. Matt

    The Republicans in Congress are going to pretend to put up a huge fight so McCain can act like he tamed the beast. Sad really. If they had our interests at heart, they wouldn't be playing games.

    September 25, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  23. Go J Mac

    Obama is such a joke! What an elitist piece o' tird. McCain has tried to get Obama to debate for six months! Now all of a sudden Obama thinks it's more important to have a debate on foreign policy when in his own words, Obama says that our current economic situation mirrors that of the great depression. Obama is a joke and folks will wise up, and come 11/4, McCain will be theman.

    September 25, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  24. jluce

    Mccain is a JOKE..... if this man gets into office GOD help us all, its not enough that Bush has run the country into the ground by giving everything we have to all these other countries, now taking from all the citizens to bail out him among others, they should all lose everything like all the other americans that have lost their jobs, homes, bank accounts, pride etc.

    September 25, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  25. casey

    guys have you seen the latest at the national enquirer? there is proof that Sarah Palin was unfaithful to the first dude with his friend .
    SARAH PALIN LOVER REVEALED! at the national enquirer

    September 25, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
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