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
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  1. Muz

    McCain is looking really old these days...

    September 25, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  2. President McCain

    10:00 pm eastern time: While Obama is curled up in his bed sucking his thumb. McCain is working with congressional members overseeing an end to this partisan group so a solution can be penned.

    Thank you McCain for going above and beyond your paygrade to help us American citizens tonight!!!

    McCain your the true meaning of a leader!

    September 25, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  3. Charlotte

    velcro, the Keating 5 involved 5 US Senators, 4 of which were democrats. McCain is the only Senator to testify against Keating at his trial. Of the five Senators, McCain was the least involved in that mess.

    September 25, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  4. Danny

    It doesn't matter..he's safe.
    He's rich...and he's not black.

    September 25, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  5. Kevin Jackson

    Holy cow, I used to admire and respect John McCain so much but he has turned into such a Machiavellian piece of garbage that I can't stand the guy! I am disgusted with the way he has turned this election into a farce. What a dog-and-pony show he is running.

    Seriously, McCain used to be one of my favorite politicians. Though I skew democrat, I remember telling a friend of mine a few years ago that if McCain were nominated for president I might vote for him. But that was before the foolish Palin pick, and it was before he decided to sell his soul for power. At this point, the only politicians I respect less than him are Bush and Palin. I even respect Cheney more than him because at least Cheney is genuine – perhaps diabolical, but genuine nonetheless. Come to think of it, I respect Bush more than him also because Bush is a moron but has consistent values.

    September 25, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  6. Valerie to JC and followers

    Obviously you are an example of those who are so desperate that you are only hearing what works for you. He said it, all the broadcasts from CNN to FoxNews said it, 'the Republicans came to the table with NOTHING and then wanted time to come up with something "THEY" find acceptable".
    That's the biggest problem with this election: people are so desperate and afraid of the idea of a multi cultured American, a citizen of this great melting pot, becoming president they would rather look and sound like idiots rather than have an open-mind and educate themselves. Dig people, there has to be more than that!!

    September 25, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  7. Bill

    How is it that McCain is "stronger on Iraq"? Our mission there is idiotic and is part of the problem. We're throwing precious lives away AND throwing away A LOT of money in Iraq. I'll take Obama's stance on Iraq over McCain ANY DAY!

    Obama continues to predict the future direction the country needs to go in before others. That's the sign of a true leader. McCain and the Republicans not too long ago talk big about how "the fundamentals of our economy are strong" and that there's "too many whiners outer there." As Obama has been saying for a while, McCain makes these remarks as he's out of touch with the real situation.

    September 25, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  8. Ty, OKC

    The republicans are playing a dangerous game with the future of our country. Nobody likes the fact that we will have to bail out Wall Street in order to save our nation, but that’s what we have to do. The democrats should turn this on the republicans heads by going it alone with the support of the few republicans with some sense, and simply show to us(Americans) how by not going forward this would force the farmers to sell their cattle and farms because they can no longer get a loan from the bank because the credit has froze up, and when the farm industry is suffering how that affects grocery stores which in turn affects every American because food prices go up, which also causes food shortages because of the farmers inability to maintain their farms. This problem could get real bad, real fast. This is bigger then bailing out a bunch of bums, and the republicans will get their just due when we vote THEM ALL OUT OF OFFICE, but we as American are smart, and we know when we have to do something for the GOOD OF US ALL. We just need someone to explain it to us clearly. We also need a president that’s on our side. I trust Barack’s judgment, he’s been right on nearly everything he has predicted so far, and he has the smarted minds in the game working with him. Let’s do the right thing people. Let’s stand behind footing some of the money to see how effective it is, and by that time Barack should be in office, and can began to get us out of this mess.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08,12

    September 25, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  9. stone

    who is obama? he is a person who instigates the lazy people to attack industrious people; he is a person who instigates the poor people to attack the rich people; he is a person who instigates young people to attack senior people; he is a person who instigates men to attack women.
    No way, no how, no obama!!!

    September 25, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  10. CJ

    To all those who are in favor of McCain....First, the does not know how to handle any type of crisis...we need a leader that will lead us into a better situation than this. Second, his VP pick is not ready to lead the country and does not know anything about what America is all about...America wake up!!! She has has more than a month to prep up and all she says is nonsense...America does not need another war, increasing the deficit and have America cast off from our allies...more than ever we need Allies. Also, to those who think Barack is not doing anything...he is because he is showing leadership qualities..(look up leadership in the dictionary for those who don't know what leadership is). He really cannot have his input because he is not in the committee and will indicate he is being POLITICAL...WAKE UP FLORIDA!!! McCain is already being POLITICAL about the crisis....

    September 25, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  11. jim

    I don't want to be called an elitist, but i'm wondering if the IQ of mccain and pallin is greater than mccains age?

    September 25, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  12. K.C.

    If its bad news for McCain why did he move up 3 points today?

    September 25, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  13. Brenda Whorley

    No debate? Another example of McCain being ill-prepared for the job...

    September 25, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  14. Danny

    He will win in November.

    September 25, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  15. Texan

    The CNN moderator seems to dislike things that make Obama look bad – even facts. Look this up Mr. Moderator – facts are such unfortunate things...

    Read this bill for yourself Obama supporters. This is the Senate bill that would have prevented, or aided in the prevention of this problem, 3 years ago:

    Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005, S. 190

    McCain co-sponsored it twice, Obama wouldn't vote on it.

    I see all manner of disgusting attacks on McCain, but you will not allow one factual statement from the Congressional record??? You guys at CNN could give the Pravda a run for their money...

    September 25, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  16. Proud of McCain

    At the end of the day, ignorance will one again be trumped by sanity and a hero will be elected over a zero.

    September 25, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  17. Thomas

    What is wrong with the people in this country, It is embarrasing that the election is anywhere near this close. McCain is terrible, Palin is far worse than I thought she would be. Do we really want four to eight more years of this crap for our nation. We are the laughing stock of the free world right now. Even people oversees can see Obama, is clearly the best person to be President. Please get over the race issue and vote to repare eight years of political neglect of this country.
    Please early vote for Obama/Biden, that's putting country first. John McCain lost that slogan, when he named Palin his running mate. He certainly was not putting the country first, putting someone with this much lack of knowledge of anything on the ticked

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

    how????? does one suspend their campaign to deal with the "crisis" (as now defined, but a week ago, our fundamentals were strong) to show up to the bipartisan meeting with nothing to say for 43 minutes.... nothing?!

    September 25, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  19. dennis from chicago


    September 25, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  20. xargaw

    As a taxpayer, I am apalled that the economy got to the point where we are asked to rescue the financials. As a realist, I can see that to allow the credit markets to freeze would result in a disaster that ripples throughout every sector and could lead to economic ruin for millions of Americans. It appears that an agreement was nearly imminent when McCain flew into DC and fueled it's demise, at least, temporarily. McCain has shown America that when it comes to him and his candidacy, that "Country First," is a lie. Neither McCain or Obama sit on the pertinent committees that are hashing this out. Obama was right to weigh in away from DC. McCain has screwed it up.

    September 25, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  21. LE Texas

    It has gotten to the point that I physically can no longer look at Judah (oh no, typing error!) John McShame for fear of losing the contents of my stomach.

    He is nothing but a vile repulsive liar and his honor should now be stripped by the voting public. This man is far from being a hero to this country.

    Can you imagine a president who is such an ego maniac that he changes his mind as often as the wind changes direction?

    Is this truly what we want in a president? I hope the American people are smart enough to see through this cowards pathetic political ploys,
    which should be enough to scare the hell out of all of us!

    September 25, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  22. azgypsymoth

    Just what does Senator McCain believe would be gained by missing the debates? Does he plan to be campaigning for the bailout at 9:oo p.m. on Friday in Washington? I believe that he owes the voters the debate we have been waiting for and expecting – THAT is the patriotic thing to do. Show up at the debate, continue the campaign and give voters the real facts to make their minds up. He is not the knight who is going to charge up on a white horse and change the course of things as we saw this afternoon when nothing happened when he did appear. So far, all I have seen from Senator McCain is more and more pandering and drama – from his poor choice of a running mate to his poor decision to possibly not appear at the debate which has long been scheduled. I had nothing to do with the collapse of the financial institutions who now need bailing out, but I am a voter who is being asked to spend my tax dollars toward that bailout and I think that I deserve, along with the rest of the taxpayers, to have the leaders of this country, especially the candidates for the highest office of this country, come before us tomorrow night and speak to us. What is Senator McCain afraid of? That he will have to answer some REAL questions? There is nothing patriotic about his decision to not appear at the scheduled debate, thereby letting down the American public, or by suspending his campaign, at a time when we are supposed to be obtaining facts and information to choose our next leader. What I am seeing is that he really is not showing the ability to really lead, but rather that he cannot deal with more than one crisis at a time. Not a good thing for a President, Senator McCain, but then you haven't represented Arizona very well since you decided you wanted to get into the White House either. . .

    September 25, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  23. sarah1

    obama wanted to issue a statement.....yeah thats gonna help. wonder what the people of illinois think of their senator refusing to do the job for which they elected him. mccain realized that talk means nothing when people are losing everything and went back to work for his constituents. obama would go if they needed him and guess what? no one needed or mentioned him. harry reid said plain out he needed john mccain. i'll bet that left a mark.

    September 25, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  24. jim

    earth to mccain: drop out man!

    September 25, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  25. Cathy, Peoria AZ

    In light of the GOP walkout of the negotiations, this should make it very apparant why McCain "suspended" his campaign and asked for a postponment. He is not prepared nor does he comprend the economic situation we are facing.
    To JC and ME in FL: Wake up, the candidate who has shown leadership capabilities here is not Senator McCain,it's Barak Ohama.
    Wake up America, because we can not afford 4 more years of this!
    This was a politcal tactic for McCain to ride into Washington to "save" the American Economy, postpone a debate he is not prepared for and the cancellation of the VP debate. This is especially true after Gov. Palin's pathetic interview with Katie Couric.
    I am hopeful the american public is smart enough to see through this charade!

    September 25, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
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