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. John

    This is the most important election in our nation's history! The American people had better be paying attention to the issues and vote in huge numbers. I guarantee our enemies and friends around the world are watching. Will we choose to continue the failed economic and foreign policy agenda of the GOP or will we turn the page on this dangerously ineffective chapter of our history. America must get it right this time! Our very survival as a world power is at stake. The GOP should own up to their failures, "put country first" and get out of the way of much needed progress. I for one am tired of their blame game. How can they possibly think they deserve four more years? The only thing Republicans seem to be good at is winning(stealing) elections. Democrats are much better at actually governing. Just compare the Clinton years to the Bush years. Enough said!

    September 25, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  2. Betty Van Tongeren

    I just want to complain how partial cnn is to Barack Obama. His past history is nothing to brag about and thats for sure. Hes been involved with some very shady people for personal financial gain and you know the people that I'm speaking of too.
    He has made so many promises to the American people and there is no way he'll be able to follow thru with them in 20 years. You people are really gullible. What a joke!
    The Democratic Congress has been in power for two years and they have accomplished nothing. They've spent their time trying to make John Mccain look bad and watching the Time Clock. I hope none of them are re-elected. Both Democrats and Republicans are at fault for the mess we are witnessing now and they tell us we will have to pay for this catastrophe. What Planet are you people on???
    I'm thru watching CNN and NBC.

    September 25, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  3. Redneck, Kentucky

    McCain just committed political suicide. He is sabotaging the bail-out deal. Watch the markets when they open.

    September 25, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  4. Maverick, no. Joke, yes!

    McCain is funny. He calls himself a maverick and one to buck his party. Yeah right....

    A maverick would have gone with his first instinct and chosen Joe Lieberman as his running mate. He proved to be a politician when he chose Sarah Palin.

    A maverick would have decided to go back to Washington almost two weeks ago when the economic crisis surfaced verses waiting two days before his first debate.

    Also as a maverick, McCain would have stood his ground when he first announced there can't be any bailouts. He proved himself to be a politician when he obviously listened to his party and revamped his statement. McCain's first response was his true feelings and thoughts on the crisis! What happen to the maverick?

    McCain is not a maverick and he will go down in history as joke!

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 25, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  5. Scott L


    Obama going to lose in November. Obama pushing Socialistic programs that you will wake up one day and go, hey wait a minute, what just happened here?

    Then look back and go man I was naive...

    That's what happened to Germany in the 1930's and 40's.

    September 25, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  6. Colleen

    I think that McCain pulled these theatrics in order to distract Obama from taking a few days to prepare for the debates. McCain prepared for the debates over the past weekend, and, he was out to make sure that Obama had no time to prepare. It won't work...Obama will be able to run circles around him with no preparation. Why? Because Obama is extremely smart, McCain is extremely devious, but dumb!!!

    September 25, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  7. Steve/Houston,TX

    McCain's actions are just weird. Palin gave interviews and she does not make much sense either. What is really going on?

    Americans please be careful in voting! Do you really want someone like this pair in office?

    I say " No How, No Way, No McCain/Palin'.

    OBAMA '08

    September 25, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  8. Shoreline

    So John McCain said "No Mas" to Friday night's debate.

    Wait a minute. Wasn't Roberto Durán from Panama, too?

    September 25, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  9. Bald ex-warrior

    September 25th, 2008 9:39 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation. .. come on....

    How does the phrase "Rock steady" hit you?
    In the military we would shout that to show that we could be steady as a rock. A stable base upon which victory could be won.

    The guys who aren't Rock Steady run around like headless chickens.. and you can count on them to end up .. out of the action…

    ROCK STEADY!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  10. California Gold

    McCain accepted the fact this election will turn on the economy and McCain is a day late and a dollar short.

    Suspending his campaign and then wants town hall meetings. John McCain is scared. Afraid. Frozen by fear. He is a scared old man who can't debate. He can't go toe-to-toe with a man of substance. All of the free rides he got in life because of his family and all the doors that opened because of his name are coming home to roost. McCain has accomplished nothing on his own. He has never had to dig inside, rely on his intelligence and experience as an elder statesman. McCain can't stand up against opposition in the glaring light of public scrutiny.

    If I were a resident of Arizona I would be ashamed of this Senator. He shames his state and is a source of jokes around the world.

    September 25, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  11. Frank

    The fool who thinks McCain would be better for the economy that Obama should check the historical record.

    For the past 60 years, Democratic administrations have consistently out performed Republican ones on both overall economic growth and improvement in income equality.

    Democrats know that you CAN have it both ways. An economy can be both more prosperous AND more fair. In fact, that's the only way it really works.

    September 25, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  12. The Chad

    Florida is the dong of the United States.

    The reason we are in this Financial mess in the first place, because, Fl picked GW over Gore, obviously this was a mistake...

    7 years Later...

    No Bin Laden
    No Economy
    No WTC
    No Pride in America

    Laughing stock of the word George W Bush, Sara Palin, (Old Balls) McCain = Joke!

    September 25, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  13. barry

    This whole thing is a political charade...McCain doesn't have the foggiest idea of what the H. is going the Republicans in Congress are going to block the whole thing...if some form of bailout (nationalization of the banking/mortgage industry) doesn't occur the Dow will be down 2000 pts. by Nov. 4

    September 25, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  14. M Hill

    So. The country is in a financial crisis. This is not an overnight event. The "crisis" has been happening for a long time. Has Mr. McCain's head been in the sand? NOW IT'S A CRISIS that is so important he plans to cancel a debate? Mr. McCain is willing to waste the millions spent on preparations for the debate by refusing to attend. He's out of touch with the people. He wants the public to believe he is attending to he should have seriously attended to before if he was serious. His fake-out about being in Washington to handle the crisis doesn't wash.

    September 25, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  15. Markeis from Omaha, NE

    I'm kinda scared right now that John McCain is so worried about the economy. Wasn't he the same person to state that he doesn't know that much about the economy? Now he's worried and wants to postpone the debate so he can check if he's going to be affected with his 4 homes and 7 foreign cars.

    September 25, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  16. Art Michaelson

    What a vacuous illinformed fool waiting to step into the Oval Office at a moments notice. Hey, I am just as qualified to discuss NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION with any foreign leader because I can see MIT from my kitchen window in BOSTON. OMG

    September 25, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  17. danika

    The silent Christians will come out in full force. All you hear on TV and magazines are loud liberals who think they run this whole nation.
    America's economy is in crisis but its simple economics that it goes up and down. It will hit worst before America will be better than ever again. Other than our pockets, America must remain strong and never let their guard down with the war on terror and the morals and values that made this nation so different from the rest needs to be resurrected and kept sacred.
    Im for McCain and Palin. Im encouraging others who have not voted to pick the Republican party too.

    September 25, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  18. Navy Veteran

    McSame/McWorse: "My friends, blah blah blah..."

    Sarah Palin: "My friends, blah blah blah.."

    Please, give us a break with this baloney.

    Idiots, both..

    John McCain – Campaign First

    September 25, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  19. greenfun

    I have news for you. I am a Democrat, and I have not seen any indication Obama is an authority on anything, let alone the economy. I will vote for McCain. Obama has lied on too many issues, he says one thing and does another. He says one thing and votes another-I don't trust him at all.

    September 25, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  20. Kurt Becker

    Okay, Republicans just walked out of negotiations, so now what?

    Tomorrow look for McCain to arrive on a white horse to save the day just in a time for him to make it to Mississippi for the debate.

    Following there will be a parade. The Hendersons will all be there
    Late of Pablo-Fanques Fair, what a scene
    Over men and horses hoops and garters
    Lastly through a hogshead of real fire!
    In this way John McCain will challenge the world!

    September 25, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  21. DS

    All of you using the disaster in the economy as your opportunity to score political points MAKE ME SICK.

    "Yay, business collapse and personal ruin makes our candidate stronger. YAY!"

    You freakin DISGUST me.

    September 25, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  22. Critical Thinking

    "You can't dismantle corporations, raise minimum wage, and expect the economy to function. "

    Talk about exaggeration...

    September 25, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  23. DaveT

    In a speech he made just recently, McCain said he he would "gladly build a 'Bridge to Nowhere' if it meant saving the current banking crisis." Okay, so now he's all for pork-barrel spending. I know it's all political hyperbole, but what he said was totally ridiculous. McCain can't stand it when reporters or pundits point out Palin's (or Ted Steven's) Alaskan folly, but uses it glibly in his speech. So now McCain has altruistically postponed his campaign and the debate to save the day. He's not even on the banking committee. Has he actually read Paulson's plan? Now it seems HE, McCain was one of the stumbling blocks in the so-called negotiations. Republicans are now stalling the talks. Obama called for calm and bi-partisanship. The Senate approved the new and improved Pauson bill, but the House Republicans balked. The House. McCain is a member of the Senate. He has no business in the House. I don't blame any Representative to be leery of this bailout. 700 billion isn't chicken feed. But if Congress is going to approve of this kind of expenditure, we do need some kind of guarantee that we aren't throwing good money at bad. And we are. Thanks to George Bush and John McCain (See Keating 5).

    September 25, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  24. Kathy

    Why anyone would consider voting for a republican this year is beyond me. Come on voters lets get ourselves out of this ditch we are in. We have believed Wallstreet when they said invest and look what it has gotten us. It is about special interests and the lobbiest and they are running McCain's campaign.
    It is going to take a miracle to improve our standing in the world now we look like a bunch of idiots. Why we have a elderly womanizing man and a runner up in a beauty pagent on the ticket who ran a state and town in alaska into the ground with a road to no where (but she did play point guard). Whoope that makes my daughter more qualified then her because she is an international sales manager and played college BB. She knows more people abroad then Palin and she better looking John!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  25. McCain & Palin, please cross the line!

    John McCain is the epiphany of a political stunt. Suspending his campaign his a joke. I think he is trying to buy more time for the governor who can see Alaska from her house to prepare. Even with an additional week, Biden is going to rip Palin a new a.....

    McCain says he will fight for you. 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! CROSS IT McCain!

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 25, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
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