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. josh

    poor mccain. looks like the magic carpet is finally being swept from under his feet. he is tired old man with tired old ideas. go obama!

    September 25, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  2. Sally from Cali

    McCain has experience with the last $500 billion bailout: Keating 5. Did he not learn then to stay out of the negotiations?

    McCain needs to debate Obama and stop messing up the bailout negotiations. Look at what happened today after he showed up.

    September 25, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  3. David Newport, OR

    It's so much more than just the economy. We have been heading in the wrong direction on every front I can think of. Shall we start naming them? Economy, financial reform, health care, energy, foreign affairs, education, research and development, election reform...this is so depressing, I have to stop. Fix one and the others will bring us down. We have had our heads up somewhere where they shouldn't be and now we are in deep doo doo.

    September 25, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  4. FreeNLovIt

    We hired 400+ Congressmen/women. They can handle this crisis. They dont need McCain or Obama. They need to show up at the debates.

    If McCain and Obama should ever be kidnapped by space aliens, honey, Hillary and Palin are both talented enough to lead us and move us forward.

    September 25, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  5. indy chris

    whaddya call it when a whole lot of land slides down a hill? oh yeah.

    September 25, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  6. Michael

    I think McCain should be put in charge of the Wall Street banking crisis. After all he is an expert on corrupt bank officials having been at the center of the Keating Five scandal that brought down the Savings and Loan industry. He will certainly know where the bodies are buried considering he buried a few himself.

    September 25, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  7. Jim

    Election arithmetic: $1 trillion Iraq war & occupation + $1 trillion Wall Street bailout = no more Bush/Cheney/McCain/Palin policies, "with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent!"

    I'm looking forward to Friday's debate! We need this debate more than ever, so that Americans can make an intelligent choice. No presidential candidate in history has opted out of a debate since 1960 – and I saw as a teenager the famous Nixon-Kennedy TV debate!

    September 25, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  8. Tim

    John McCain would rather crash the economy than lose an election!!! This is too much.

    September 25, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  9. X republican

    I would like to see a revolt in the US, and the people Vote the repulicans out.... I also voted for and put my trust in the republicans. I will not be fooled again.

    I have changed my mind and will be Voting for Change. OBAMA in 08.

    September 25, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  10. Billy

    It looks like McCain sabotaged the White House meeting.

    Before today, Washington was all about non-partisan agreement on the bailout, etc etc. Now everyone is pointing fingers and blaming the other side.

    McCain should have stayed away and let the people who were doing this (and had an agreement) do it. He's just injecting politics into something that is way too serious.

    September 25, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  11. Sarah

    Who cares whether a war is still going on if their house is being foreclosed, they can't get gas (fuels shortages in Atlanta?? Is this the 70's?) and they're terrified they'll lose their jobs and be unable to pay their student loans???

    And just last week McCain repeated over and over that the economy was strong... before telling us yesterday that we face an unprecedented crisis that could destroy our economy.

    Of course the polls are a bad sign for McCain... because voters are waking up and realizing that McCain has absolutely no idea – and apparently no advisers to help him – on how to solve this crisis!!

    September 25, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  12. mitchell

    buh bye mccain.

    September 25, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  13. Adrian P

    Any polls that indicate bad news for McCain and Palin are good news for the citizens of America.

    September 25, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  14. CJ

    McCain is so lame!!! He used the econcomy crisis and going to Washington for political reasons...Wake up America!!! He is not good to lead and he is a liar!!! Do you think that he would be first for country? To all those who are naive and don't have common sense....he did this for himself...I CALL THIS A SELFISH MAN....NO WORDS FOR HIS VP...BOTH OF THEM ARE LAME!!!

    September 25, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  15. texan2step

    This government for the people is about to screw the people again. Can you really tell me that putting a Republican back into the saddle is going to lead us down the happy trail. As McCain himself once said of Hilliary that lipstick on a pig doesn't change anything. A pig is always going to be a pig. He must have been practicing this speech in the bathroom and staring at himself in the mirror. He is no different if he calls himself different then the other Republicans using the same analogy.

    Change means someone different. At this point the only choice between the two men is not named McCain. Him and his sidekick need to take a long walk down the "bridge to NOWHERE"

    September 25, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  16. peggyledbetter

    McShame is a stupid tired old man!!! And his tactics are not working very well, i say it's time for the insane Republican crew to go ahead and pack up.....Over!!!!

    September 25, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  17. Remi - American

    He won't debate. He has nothing to say. "My friends, the economy is not my strongest subject".

    Obama '08

    September 25, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  18. BS

    Senator McCain was pretty clear that he wasn't aware a bailout was needed until Bernanke blew the horn in Jerusalem.

    He has seriously compromised himself as the Republican candidate.

    Hopefully, McCain,72, will retire now .

    September 25, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  19. mike

    This guy is a moron. He thinks people won't notice that he has made major mistakes and is now using political posturing to try and make it seem that he even has a clue about this economic disaster. Americans are not buying it. This weasling out of the debate is really pathetic. In fact it's stupid because he could have used it as a way to distract people from the economy in favor of foreign policy, one of his few strengths. Instead, he is pulling another Sara Palin type of tactic thinking it will somehow clean the slate. This is not honorable, it is not honest and it is not putting country first. This man has completely sold out to the republican party and abandoned all these principles that he is always talking about. As that is not working for him, he is now throwing another Hail Mary! Miracles only happen once. He has none left.

    September 25, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  20. John

    A deal was announced 25 minutes after McCain reached his office in the senate. Then later in the day suddenly, as if by magic, leading Republicans are now opposed and there is no deal. And now the McCain campaign says: "Senator McCain will remain in DC tonight as he continues to take action in brokering a deal that will address the crisis as well as protect the taxpayer."

    I'm going to take a stab at McCain's speech next week. "I made the deal happen between the two parties. I brought people together, while my opponent was busy campaigning. My friends, this is the change you've been looking for."

    September 25, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  21. pj451

    McCain's desperate attempt to do anything to save his campaign, including derailing the budget talks in Washington today are proof positive that he cares not one wit about this country. He will pay dearly for his grandstanding FAILURE!

    September 25, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  22. Joey

    Someone needs to look closely at McCain. I believe I saw him stumble the other night. He just seems feeble. His age is really seeming to show. I can't help but wonder if he is ill again.

    September 25, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  23. Paul

    Obama has always been on point, he has always stayed above the fray. Calm, cool, with a great direction. Mr. McCain ran aground with Palin, she is showing her green side, she DOES NOT have experience, she is just a bully in Alaska. She throws her Political weight in and around Alaska. He threw the dice and he is going to crap out. Mr McCain is too hot tempered, does not listen to both sides, makes rash judgements – that is the DOWN side to being a maverick.

    September 25, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  24. No Hillary = No Obama

    John McCain has taken hit after hit, literally and figuratively since his Viet Nam years and now this. He is a survivor and not only will he stem the flood of blame and bad press, but with a month to go before people decide who has the guts to weather the storms and who is a role player, acting as if they have guts & grit – John McCain will once again emerge still standing and winning. Wait and see.

    September 25, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  25. ex-Marine, ex-Republican

    John McCain, President is not King. Quit trying to muddle in the affairs of Congress. Man, there's nothing I hate more than some know-nothing looking over my shoulder like he's some kind of expert. You've already said you don't know the economy very well, so butt out! Leave this one to the big boys.

    September 25, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
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