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. sal

    You have lost McBlaim

    You have loss already.

    It is comming clear.

    September 25, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  2. JOHN


    September 25, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  3. warren

    McCain's judgment scares me.Starting by picking someone like Paline for VP..If america pick this team to run the country we'll get what we deserve, hope we learned a lesson when we got Bush in for 8 long years.

    September 25, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  4. Rip

    I'm sorry. This is my first blog on this site. I was stating my support for John McCain, but I didn't know how to spell "McCain". Now I know. Thank you for your tolerance.

    September 25, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  5. TK, Dallas, TX

    mcshame sliding in the polls he have to make sure the republicans can keep this race close so that on election day they can once again pull their hanky panky at the polls to make sure mcshame mclame can win.

    September 25, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  6. carlos

    at least he has sarah palin to rely on for financial advice. there's more than one way to skin a moose : )

    September 25, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  7. Lee-- Dallas, TX

    McCain you've singularly just destroyed the faith that the American people have in you. What was the point of you 'suspending' your campaign– what a lie!!!

    Not going to debate– mainly because you don't know what you yourself think anymore. How moronic can you get?

    Fundamentals strong, no need for a bail-out, not going to debate, have no real answers; every move you've made has been political and not about governing. What a waste...

    September 25, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  8. BW Johnston

    My suggestion to McCain is...stay in Washington and give us a solution that is a workout and not a bailout. Let Sarah Palin go and debate Obama on foreign policy...the debate should be more equal then...however, I think Palin would give the novice Obama a real run for his money.

    September 25, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  9. Lisa Cooper

    I’m sick of Sara. Do the republicans really think women are so stupid that we would vote for “any” women they throw in front of us? Her values alone set women’s rights back 100 years, she doesn’t believe in birth control or a women’s right to choose. If she didn’t need stupid women’s votes so much, she would more than likely say we shouldn’t vote either. How can this woman be so selfish? She doesn’t believe in birth control so instead she keeps having babies no matter the risk to the child, “and” she forces her daughter into a illegitimate pregnancy? What choice did her daughter have, no birth control, no abortion, the poor girl didn’t have any choices. I’m curious though, if her soldier son gets lucky while serving his country is it ok if he uses protection, or does she expect “him” to save himself for marriage? Just because she looks smart doesn’t mean that she is, women of this country have to remember that to vote with this women means you vote for her values and they put at risk everything we’ve so hard fought for. Don’t set us back, please vote while you still can.

    September 25, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  10. John McCain should have stayed home

    John McCain should have stayed home. He had No business dragging Obama into this mess in Washington. This man is about to cost us a lot of money to win an election. I was for McCain, but now I will be staying home. He has made this a mess. I am so upset.

    John McCain needs to tell us what he will do to resolve this problem, rather than causing a bigger problem. Why is he doing this?

    I think God that the Conservative end of the party is sticking to their guns. Do not put 1 drop of my money to protect these people on Wall Street. We need help on main Street. This is not a Democratic Problem, so they can careless about fixing it.

    September 25, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  11. Proud to Be an American

    Sen. Richard Shelby will announce tomorrow how John McCain rallied the republican troops and brought them together to make a deal on the bailout...wait for it...wait for it...wait for it....there it is...All Hail John McCain conquering hero of wall street and savior of american investments!!! USA USA USA USA

    Love good political bad other countries don't tune into our station.

    September 25, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  12. vote SMART, be SMART

    with all the mess we have left to deal with and still pay for it in the future to come, it's time for some wise PRESIDENT!

    I am voting OBAMA, and I hope more people do..... and I see there is a lot of hard core Republicans out there.... it's all great but your own party representatives have not lived by the republican principles, they even call them "administration"... I will add " administration of deception, corruption and running this country economy into ruin"

    OBAMA must win by a huge margin if we want to fix this country... otherwise it's going to be same politics as usual...

    September 25, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  13. pero

    Party affiliation has to be your religion to vote for Republican this time
    We have the chance now to withness what in my opinion may not be in the next 50 years. Obama is the perfect candidate for change because of his personal story. The time is choosing him and we need to listen.
    As for his career, he's already made his mark in history the rest is for him to sacrifice and serve. We will be the loser if maccain is elected.
    As for Mccain, he will be best honored as the war hero.

    September 25, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  14. jack B.

    >"am being forced to sell my house…
    There is no way I would vote for McBush or Failin"<

    If you vote for obama you wont have enough money to pay for an apartment.....Your money will go to the "victims" who won`t work...and pay for their health care also......The people who make over $250,000/ yr will find, are those who supply the jobs......They will be *heavily ~ Taxed under obamas turn...less jobs lower wages.....
    With obama the terrorist will have a friend in office......You dont really think the Muslim activist (Terrorists) would want McCain/Palin to win do you? Promises for change and good will with no plan or example of how it will work nothing but false hope....meant for the get the votes....sad.....

    September 25, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  15. Eaze

    Great News! I just learned that another Clinton supporter is backing McCain! Miguel Lausell, a prominent hispanic Clinton supporter just announced his support for McCain.

    If Obama had any guts, which he doesn't, he would have selected Hillary as his VP pick. McCain has guts and isn't scared to take risks – I can't imagine Obama next to the red phone at 2:00 A.M. I think he'd disconnect it and hope nobody was watching.

    September 25, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  16. kathy

    If anyone dares to vote republican they deserve any demise that
    comes their way. Look what this pathetic bunce has done in
    8 years. This is a disgrace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  17. TexicoFrom Mexico

    Tomorrow night Obama goes to Mississippi and will ahve a town hall meeting with 40 million viewers watching....and he will make the bold move to say that John McCain in Washington is nothing but a stalling tactic. He knows the only way he can come out of this is to try and be a hero that he brought the deal together.....wont happen, because the Dems wont let it happen! Even the Repug strategists are now admitting whats going on. Sorry McCain but you lose...

    Veterans for Obama

    September 25, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  18. TheSideLiner

    McShame, McSpoiler & McNoShow, McNoDebate................LOOOOOOOOOOSER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  19. Amy

    McShameless playing politricks with the economic crisis! Wake up America!

    September 25, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  20. Guantanamo Hotel for Republi-con Scum

    before the Mav-Wreck got to Washington DC talks looked fruitful. The Old Boys club is in full effect

    September 25, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  21. al in tennessee

    ME IN FL September 25th, 2008 9:36 pm ET

    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!!

    JC you are so right!!! As you can see Obama, listens but does not have the capacity to comprehend. That is too much for him!!!!

    I guess u did not hear that the Republican in the House are the ones holding up any progress. It's reported that they want to have more capital gains tax cut for the rich investors - maybe u should ask them if they understand the chaos we are in. Please get facts straight so we can feel better about how u twist them.

    September 25, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  22. Lydia

    McCain is irrelevant.

    September 25, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |


    September 25, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  24. Lacy Lady(Betty /Iowa)

    This country will get back on track , only if they vote green this election.
    Obama/Biden 2008

    September 25, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  25. Fazio

    To Evelyn...

    Straw polls are not random, but selective - any one who logs onto AOL can cast a vote. As they are selective, they are not representative of the population in general. In this case, most of the McCain supporters cast they vote more so than those for Obama.

    The polls quoted by the media are random (they call people randomly selected) and therefore are more representative of the population in general.

    September 25, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
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