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
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  1. Palin 2012

    red33,cedar rapids, ia

    And what do you know about socialism ??

    We all share the same schools, roads, bridges and money...

    Amazing how it all was working out, until McCain shows up..
    But lets have a contest, and let both sides put up a plan and bring them up for a vote.

    September 25, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  2. Common Sense in TX

    Hmmm, Let's see. Hope and Change. I Hope we have enough sense as Americans to Change the layout of this worthless Congress.
    It's so easy to blame Bush and republicans, but I think the Dems still have the majority in Congress. They all point fingers, but if you can't get it done with the majority maybe you need to step aside. What has Queen Nancy and Mr. Reid done? Blame everyone else.

    September 25, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  3. SteveS

    Beware an October Surprise... some sort of major military action that swings all our attention back to 'homeland security' or something.

    September 25, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |

    In case we forget, here are China and Russia. Make no mistake, these two countries and Iran will no be a Obama or McCain good friends in the near futur. Should think twice before cash the vote.

    September 25, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  5. summitite

    Why Obama is considered stronger on the economy is beyond me. McCain raised concerns about and called for tighter oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac 2 years ago. He also opposed the loose mortgage policy that got us into this mess in the first place. Obama was on the wrong side of both issues. While there's plenty of blame to go around here, Rep. Barney Frank is the one who got us into this mess.

    The recent escalation of this crisis happened after the Democrats took control of Congress. Our economy was in great shape 2 years ago. While Bush must share some of the blame, Pelosi and Reid deserve at least an equal share... probably much more.

    What's important now is not whom to blame, but how to save our economy. A truly bipartisan approach is the only way to make that happen. Both Obama and McCain are willing to do that. Now if we could just get Harry Reid and Barney Frank out of the way!

    September 25, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  6. jason, tx


    September 25, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  7. HQ

    CNN's ongoing negative article titles related to John McCain like..."Ticker: Poll shows bad sign for McCain" continues to show CNN's anti McCain bias. But, the people will decide, not CNN. That's the good news.

    September 25, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  8. drew

    Shame on you, CNN, for the blatant editorializing in this article. Please, I'm an intelligent American... Give me the facts. No more. No less. I don't need you telling me that this poll "could be a bad sign for John McCain."
    At least be sneaky about putting your spin on news.
    "No Bias, No Bull" is the biggest lie of this election year. Thanks, Time Warner.

    September 25, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  9. jm from sc

    "I have not had a chance to see it in writing. I have to examine it,” he told a Cleveland television station.

    McCain care so much about his country until he did not take the time to read the proposal for a $700 billion bailout.

    JC and ME IN FL, the both of you must be insane.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 25, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  10. Jana

    What has Obama ever done, really?? At least McCain is trying to do something for this country! Obama has not tried at all, not one bit!. And on top of that, and of all people,.... Bill Clinton is on McCain's side on this! Hillary should have been the pick for us! Bill.... Clinton...... Who would have thought that!

    I'm a Hillary fan, and I am so voting for McCain now Go Bill...

    September 25, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  11. Bonnie

    All you blundering idiots who would rather vote another blundering idiot into the white house for reasons most of you are too cowardly to admit, will be looking for that infamous bridge to nowhere to jump off, if your idiot wins.

    September 25, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  12. Nick Bronco

    Anyone willing to support McCain or Palin at this point obviously works somewhere that does not drug test thier employees. At this point who cares what Obama is for or against, look at how ridiculous McCain looks fumbling around a Captiol that doesn't really care what he thinks and Palin who seems to understand less about this country than a Tele Tubby.

    September 25, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  13. Dylan

    Voodoo Republican trickle-down economics? Thanks but no thanks.

    More than ever...ALL Republicans need to be fired from office with the exeception of Ron Paul who is the only one against the Iraq War.

    September 25, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  14. Julie in KC

    It is all about the Economy. That Palin bimbo has single handedly destroyed our economy and destroyed the economy of our children. Now she wants to force them into incest and make us all buy guns for the children to pay with. I don't want a gun in my house. I don't like how unfair she is to Blacks and Jews. I'm going to vote Obama !

    September 25, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  15. LS

    You McCain supporters are just racist, because there is no way you all could be that dumb, or is there?

    McCain today failed the presidential test-he failed. McCain is just sooo rotten and so are his racist supporters.

    McCain is BAD in many, many ways and so is his bimbo Palin!!

    September 25, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  16. mike

    haha. i love it!!!! this guy has cried wolf so many times. No one believes him anymore. everything about this guy is a sore thumb. from his constant lies ( i honestly think he has Alzheimer's because no one can be that nieve) from his nasty smirk with one eye half closed, or how he hops around when he is making a speech. Not to mention when hes walking around waving to people. he points one way and waves like theres someone who is waving back. lol. The polls seem close now. But come time for election hes going to get blown out of the water. Not only be democrats, independants but republicans who he got under their skin in this election. Honestly i wish it would have been Mike Huckabee who ran agaisnt Obama because he really backs up what he talks.

    Woo Hoooooo A landslide victory thanks to Mccain.

    September 25, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  17. farmersjt

    The U.S. is not at risk of becoming socialist with Obama as president. Open your eyes, citizens. We are already a long way down that path. Politicians intervene whenever the market doesn't do what they want. These corporations need to fail. The government has no business in nation building (Iraq) or economy building (bailout). Their answer to every problem will always be: more government, less individual liberty. I'm not voting for any of these candidates.

    September 25, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  18. Nick Bronco

    Why is it that these economic disasters only seem to occur on the watch of Republicans...Hoover, Reagan, Bush I....and of course the one, the only George W. Bush (who by the way is from Connecticut).

    September 25, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  19. Tamara

    barb ... it will take bleach for this country to vote for the betterment of our country.

    September 25, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  20. scott brookdale ca

    MCCain has nerve offering to help. He and his buddy Phil Graham are the types who made this mess possible. We need an entire Rooseveltian Democrat government once and for all. And I have a good feeling that is what is about to happen. The Republicans need to get out of the way and let the democrats repair the unbelieveable ruin they have wrought on my country. And its going to take four terms to fix it so they might as well recind the term limits law so Obama can do it.

    September 25, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  21. Dave in NYC


    September 25, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  22. NTurner

    Both McCain AND Obama should help work on the bailout. Isn't that part of their JOB? Being Senators, they are PAID to tackle the hard issues... not just parade around like prima-donnas, govern by remote control or voting "present."

    Folks like Donna Brazile and Nancy Pelosi have already ruined the Democratic Party with their shallowness and idolizing of Obama. They were silly to think that keeping Barack or McCain under wraps would get them automatic agreement from the conservatives on a complex issue like a $700M bailout at taxpayers expense.

    A scripted debate can always be rescheduled, and is not nearly as important as the real work Obama's avoided most of his time in the Senate.

    September 25, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  23. Chuck

    McCain is now all show, razzle-dazzle and nothing else. His campaign has failed. Barack Obama has consistently showed calm, proper reasoning and intelligence.

    September 25, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  24. A CANUCK

    McCain and Palen should be wearing red noses and selling cotton candy.....because they have turned their campaign into a circus !!

    September 25, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  25. Pooh

    You McCain supporters are the biggest buttheads I have ever seen!! You rip Obama for not showing leadership, well what the heck has McCain done. At 1:00 PM there was a deal in priciple, after McCain puts his two cents in durning the White House meeting, there is nothing. He put politics (his politics) in front of the country. If he would have kept his mouth shut or just do what he has done for the past couple of months...nothing, we would not be in this mess.

    September 25, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
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