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. McCain is Shameless

    Are you kidding me?John MCain was QUIET in the WH meeting–didn't say anything!! Obama was the one who asked the questions while McCain just SAT THERE. Someone get him a copy of "My Pet Goat." This smells all too familliar to me. I've seen this do nothingness before.

    September 25, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  2. kathy

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

    September 25, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  3. Critical Thinking

    JC & ME: Sorry but you are beginning to sound like other republican that are unfortunately faced with explaining away silliness with nonsensical responses.

    JC: The repubs rejection has thrown many for a loop. I'd suggest even the repubs that have been at the negotiating table. So Obama's statement does not mean he lied. It just may mean that he has been speaking with others who were thrown for a loop as well.

    ME: The fact of the matter is that neither Obama or McCain can really do anything meaningful at this point – look at today for example. They sat with Dubya and what happened? No progress.

    Yes, we have an economic emerency at hand, but cancelling the debate will not make or break it.

    BTW – I don't think those looking forward to this debate and those in MS who spent time and $5M sees Obama's decision as "it's all about me." Actually McCain's actions can cause folk to see HIM as the "it's all about me" candidate. Think about it...

    September 25, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  4. Sid Nickels in Dallas, TX

    Is John McCain for real? This guy doesn't have a clue. I suspend my activities and I'm flying to Washington to sit in my office and have a cup of coffee and shake some hands? I suggest this guy go pick one of his 12 houses to sit in and rock in his favorite rocking chair with a Bud Beer in his hand. This guy is unbelievable, you couldn't write a better script than this.

    September 25, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  5. Brian

    It doesn't matter if Obama polls higher, so did Gore and Kerry. McCain will handily win in November...

    September 25, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  6. Killbucket

    And he sat there like a bump on a log in the meeting, after all the hot air about going to "save America".
    Sad, really, really sad.
    Somebody, put a stop to this, he's destroying himself as we watch.
    I'm sure Sarah isn't the answer.

    September 25, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  7. Bill Stapp

    While Senator McCain was still fighting the Iraq war, Senator Obama long ago turned his attention to the economy. Some would call that leadership.

    Today Senator McCain has discovered that the economy is in trouble, and I mean that almost literally. A few days ago, he said the foundations of our economy were strong. Now he has cancelled his campaign to go fix the problem in Washington D.C. Why didn't he fix it last year when he was there?

    September 25, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  8. kathy

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

    September 25, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  9. walker, Tennessee

    Obama is the only one that is actually straight forward he has handled himself so very well. I just hope that the state of Florida doesn't do a major screw up like the last election, in which all Democrats know we won that election, but a bush was in office down there too what should we expect. GO OBAMA .......2008
    Mccain is too old and let him give up some of the millions of his wife's fortune for the bailout they have it to spare.

    September 25, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  10. TheSideLiner


    September 25, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  11. LS

    They need to be giving the money to the American people who are struggling.

    They shouldn't pay the FAT CATS who caused this mess. They need to pay us so we can pay these credit bills/debts.

    Yeah, help the rich people get out of their own mess and give us the bill – BAD idea.

    September 25, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  12. QJP

    The REPUBLICAN"S have brought us to where we are....McCain and Crazy Lady Palin are REPUBLICAN"S....we CAN NOT afford 4 more years of this people...

    To say the McCain is NOT the same is total stupidity!

    September 25, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |

    Our elected officals better pay attention to what their consituents want.

    September 25, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  14. Darrel from Denver

    Mark my words....

    This will end up having been a carefully staged exercise to benefit McCain.

    The Paulson plan and the Dem led improved Paulson plan will turn out to have been red herrings. In fact, the crisis will turn out to have been the Administration crying wolf.

    Rather, the alternate McCain supported plan now in play via the House Republicans will be the one the Administration and Republicans really want and will rally to support.

    Think about it. The plan benefits business, providing insurance against bad decisions, capital gains tax moratorium, and tax incentives to involved businesses buying the securities.

    In essence, cure a greed caused crisis by offering more greed.

    The Dems are now in the position of standing alone in supporting Bush and his plan. Or, they will be kow towed by McCain's 'leadership' into accepting the alternate plan. They lose either way. McCain wins either way, and his political capital rises.

    Brilliant political campaign trick worthy of Rove and his cronies.

    You heard it here first...

    September 25, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  15. Steve

    Mcsame, McBush and Failin. Nice. Guess it's time to start going with Sadam Husein Obama then.

    September 25, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  16. Don

    And in even worst news for McCain, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad pledged his support for the Obama campaign yesterday.

    September 25, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  17. Cincy voter

    @ Evelyn

    Don't worry about AOL's straw polls. I can tell by most of the comments on the articles AOL links to that their demographic is mainly a bunch of fanatical right wing redneck fools who don't have two halves of one neuron to rub together. Most of the sane folks must be using another internet provider...

    In other news, the McBush camp is composed of unequivocal fail.


    September 25, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  18. Obamaton

    It will be a "New" Day!!

    A Democratic President combined with a Democratic Congress will solve all our problems by simply mandating that everybody who is employed is now officially "filthy rich" and subject to confiscatory taxation.... that is except for a few of his closest friends in Hollywood.

    September 25, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  19. Hawaii

    Insane McCain and Failin Palin - No Way No How.

    September 25, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  20. Latigo

    No problem. McCain decided to answer the call re the economy and go back to Washinton and work, not continue business as usual and worry about his own self-interst.. Unlike Obama, McCain didn't stay at home wating "for the call" . He volunteered and showed up. If he helps get the economic problem solved in a positive way, watch his polls soar..

    September 25, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  21. bill

    The Democrats is trying to keep this country from going broke,but the Republicans are acting like idiots,John Mccain tried to politisize this but it didnot work,now he looks like a fool tonight,Obama looks very presidential,by looking at Obama in the whitehouse today,you can see in his eyes he didnot want to be there,because he knew presidential politics have no place in this bailout plan,but thankyou Barack because you have shown this country what a true leader your going to be.

    September 25, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  22. Belle1

    Has it EVER occurred to anyone there may be a different way to achieve the same thing?

    It seems like the ONLY political posturing has been done by Obama so far. What I mean by that: McCain speaks with Obama after he has already decided to suspend his campaign, and INVITES him to suspend his and go to put the crisis before country....

    Obama panicks, calls Pelosi, tells her to get the deal done....first thing in the am a news conference is held saying they reached a deal...AFTER of course, Reid and a multitude of Democrats come out and say don't bother coming to John McCain.

    The PRESIDENT calls the meeting, and instead of speaking, Pelosi defers to Obama...who lays out points. They ask McCain who defers back to the Minority Leader, as IS appropriate since he was the one in negotiations....ONLY TO FIND OUT THAT DEMOCRATS DID NOT BOTHER SPEAKING WITH HOUSE REPUBLICANS!!!!!!

    GREAT. That is Bipartisanship, isn't it?

    September 25, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  23. Johnson in St. Louis

    I just wonder how the GOP is going to spin this. I see some here are trying to but their spinning appears to be falling on deaf ears.

    September 25, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  24. Darryl Arlington

    Senator John McCain answer to this problem is to Outsoure more American Jobs...

    Remember his senate record the King of out sourcing and kickbacks..

    Just let the truth be known..

    September 25, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  25. Gerald

    McCain should have stayed away from Washington. All he's doing, is getting in the way of potetial progress! He's attempting to turn a national crisis into his own personal campaign agenda. He should know better than to inject his opinions where they are of little to no value. I've likely forgotten more about basic economics than he'll ever know, and I'm just a common citizen. What an inconsiderate jerk! If you have nothing positive to offer, stay out of the way, and let the experts do their business!

    September 25, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
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