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. Desmond Sequeira

    I hate to say this but Mr. McSame is trying every ploy in the book to avoid the real issues because he knows he is out of his league. US citizens will have to be very stupid to elect him. But then, they have been so already – twice..... in eight years! McSame is trying to drive everybody to DISTRACTION

    September 25, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  2. Pamela

    Dear Evelyn,

    In regard to AOL Straw poll, it allowed me to vote as many times as I wanted, hence the odd results of the poll. So if someone wants to vote for McCain 1,000 times it will not stop you from doing so. Very poor system, but then, it is AOL.

    September 25, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  3. Debby

    No Bias No Bull CNN only one pro-McCain post allowed on her so far. Mine is still in moderation above saying that Gallup has both of them at 46 so they are dead even with this crisis.

    September 25, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  4. Mike in Torrey Hills

    Wasn't McCain's last foray into the financial world his central involvement in the Keating Five S&L scandal? Sound familiar???

    September 25, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  5. Rat Trap

    I smell a big FAT RAT!

    September 25, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  6. Mark

    sorry, I typed wrong,, less than 10,000 a year income for that person who got the loans.

    September 25, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |

    I hope Obama wins....he's admired by Asian-Americans who were formerly Hillary supporters.

    September 25, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  8. Old Jack

    John why didn't you go on Dave Letterman's show and tell us all aout your economic plan? Oh, could it becuse you had to go on to defend your silly vice candidate?

    September 25, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  9. Grow a Brain

    Those who think McCain is better at anything, why do you hate America so much, why? McCain is Bush, he voted for Bush, campaigned for Bush and will certainly continue his policies. McCain is a well known deregulator, his former chief economic adviser Phill Graham (yes the guys who called US a nation of whiners) is the guy behind this mess, read up on him. Another 4 years of McBush and it would be over for US.

    September 25, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  10. No Way, No How, No George McCain!

    McShame is a FAKE!

    September 25, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  11. Rock-E

    That is a nice host corner of hell waiting for Bush, Cheney, McCain, Rothschild and all the other people that have been robbing the American people blind over the last eight years.

    September 25, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  12. Bernadette

    I'm so tired of hearing that the Republicans have caused this mess. Doesn't anyone realize that its Congress, not the President or his administration, that has the most pull on the economy? And who has been in power in Congress for the past two years? That's right, the Democrats. Obama/Biden have no real solution for the economic crisis we are now in, and have relied solely on political propaganda to make it to where they are now.

    Check the records–Obama and Biden both voted FOR the "bridge to nowhere" that they mock Sarah Palin for. Biden claims paying more taxes is "patriotic," and also thought FDR was President when the stock market crashed. Check your high school history textbook, pal. I live right on the Delaware line, and he's done nothing for the state. This is my first time voting, and I'm proud to stand in line to vote for John McCain and Sarah Palin. Take a look at the actual issues and where each candidate stands, instead of voting on rhetoric. Wake up, people!

    September 25, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  13. Matt

    Evelyn, AOL is owned by a Conservative group. That is why. Just like Fox News.

    September 25, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  14. Walt

    Erin, America needs McCain and Palin-only if we are planning on Armageddon in the next four year. Get ready for the end with those two.

    Open your eyes. Look around. Read. Listen. McCain panders to whomever he thinks will earn him a vote without any relationship to any principles that he may have once had or any meaningful, consistent philosophy on any issue. And his running mate, while protected from witches by the blessing of her Christian minister, is brainless and way, way, way out of her league.

    September 25, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  15. Sluggo

    Obama doesn't know anything about finance or economics. His economic advisers were at the orgins of this mess. Why would anyone want them near a bureaucratic solution.

    September 25, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  16. Obama will win

    Dont be a moron,vote for OBAMA

    September 25, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  17. winnie47

    McLame is an erratic old bastard with PTSD and Alzheimers. Anyone who would vote for him needs to have a lobotomy.

    September 25, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  18. Janice Il

    It has taken 8 years of negligence and corruption to reach the point we are at. What is the great big hurry now to rush into a bail out and get a quick answer to a major problem. It is admirable for our candidates to go to Washington to try and help. This problem should come before any debate and by the way, what is the hurry on this debate ?

    September 25, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  19. Orlando

    McCan't did not read a 3-page proposal yet he want to surpress Palin-Biden debate. Sorry dude it will not work this time. We cannot afford Unstable decision in the White House.

    September 25, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  20. M Smith

    its the economy alright, but what's McCain's position on it? "strong"? "I don't know anything about ecnomics"? would the real John McCain please stand up.

    September 25, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  21. Donna

    Obama has NEVER directly blamed McCain for the "crisis"...and you all know that...McCain has not shown any type of leadership..he has only shown that the "captain save em" mentality is still prevalent...he hasn't been anywhere around when this mess was brewing but he wants to swoop in and rescue us all..

    There is NO WAY this economic mess just started this year...this has been bubbling for YEARS and is now running over so they HAVE to do something...

    September 25, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  22. What's the problem hero?

    John McCain is the epiphany of a political stunt. He says he will fight for you/us. So what's the problem McCain? Stand up and fight Barack Obama 09/26/08 at the first presidential debate!

    Obama has drawn the line across the sand! Obama will be there! CROSS IT McCain!

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 25, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  23. Nathan Hale

    Both of these candidates have a huge interest in this bailout plan.
    One of them inherits it, is stuck with it, and enforces it.
    For Dems to say injecting Politics screws it up is a copout.
    And cover for Obama to do his usual and vote "present".
    I'm on Pluto, call me if you need me.
    McCain has consistently achieved bipartisan consensus for 26 years.
    Obama doesn't know what it means.
    See a MAN reach a consensus and deal, and show up at the debate and smoke Hussein Obambi.
    Then go whine in your Mama's basement and blog.

    September 25, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  24. mcshameless = saviour, NOT!

    he was so badly needed in washington to solve the big problem,

    he suspended his campaign and canceled the debate,

    he flew at once to the WH to meet GW,

    he had nothing to say during the meeting,

    and now that he has solved the problem for the nation,

    he hopes to be able to show up for the debate.

    he's full of hot air.

    he could just float himself up and down to mississippi.

    September 25, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  25. blue coastr

    red33, don't like socialism? WAKE UP- YOUR party's mental midget of a president is about to give it to you- FINANCIALLY.

    September 25, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
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