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. Ethan

    McCain has purposedly derailed this bailout for his own political gain.

    WaMu has failed. Bush is on TV warning us that we are neck deep in the mud. Palin tells Couric we are on the Eve of the next Great Depression.

    And McCain rides into DC, co-opts the house GOP and shoots down a plan that tax payer protections and backing from Treas. sec. Paulson, Bush, GOP Senate leadership, House Dem leaders and Senate Dem leaders. 4/5 were agreeing and McCain shut it down.

    So much for Country First.

    September 25, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  2. Nicole Schwartz

    Maybe John McCain should just prey for no "witch-craft"..... That may "help" the economy.... Please, just think about the future before you vote.

    Obama/ Biden 2008

    September 25, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  3. Lynn: 60 yr old white Obama supporter

    So Nicole you would rather go with the Conservative Republican's plan to reduce the taxes and capital gains tax, eliminate regulations and ignore tax loopholes so these rich people can buy these failing institutions. Then we end up with even larger multifacerted corporations who reduce employment, increase shipping jobs off shore, and increase their own profit and pay.

    In the meantime their taxes decrease, thus the gov't has less for social secyrity, health care, infrastructire, job creation, crime prevention......sounds like a good plan to me!!!

    September 25, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  4. Honorable Kansas Vet

    He has lost all touch with reality. His presence in Washington at this point in time is meaningless, his return to Washington and saying that he is not campaigning or debating is not a political ploy, he honestly has no idea that his function in life is to explain to the American people how he would deal with the economic mess that the Bush Administration has created.

    Nicole, perhaps we need to send the CEOs of Wall Street back to Econ 101, because they appear not to have learned basic economics that you are refering to. Either that or perhaps you need to take a course in real life where the only thing that matters is uncontrolled greed.

    September 25, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  5. independent in CO

    They are both horrible. Neither can come straight out and vote no on the federal bail out. You people support these crooks? Everyone should be contacting the representatives and congress and voicing their displeasure. A vote for the bail out is a no vote for them when reelection time comes.

    September 25, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  6. Bridget

    All the things said here about McCain were said about Gore and Kerry in other elections. Only difference now is now the current bloggers have taken up where the Republicans left off. The attacks on McCain, a hero who fought for our country are mean and ugly. Shame on Obama supporters. The attacks on Palin are even uglier. I never thought my fellow Democrats could stoop so low. I only hope others feel as I do and go to the polls and support
    a man who has fought for our country and keeps on fighting for our country even to this day. This is an election for Democrats and Republicans alike, to vote for a true American, John McCain.

    September 25, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  7. rusty

    This is so important, why are the details of this plan not made available to the general public. Who is proposing what!! What are the hangups over ?? I think the secrecy of this thing should scare the dickens out of all of the American People. It's our future people. We should demand access to what is being debated in these negotiations, maybe we would get a clearer picture of just who the real weasels are in our Government.

    September 25, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  8. wethepeople

    McCain says he doesn't know much about the economy then suspends his campaign and wants to delay the debate because the economy is in a crisis and he is the only one that can fix it.(lol)

    I think he wants to move the debate to next week so he can delay the VP debate....she ain't ready 🙂

    September 25, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  9. Mary E. Ayres

    President Elect McCain:
    Please keep the scheduled debate with Obama on Friday, the 25th, regardless of what is going on at the White House at this time. I understand your devotion and concern that our country is at stake here, but there are plenty people there to take care of things at hand. You can do more for the future of our country by keeping on the mark. Stay focused, you must become the next President of these United States. We can not take the chance of letting this slip away. Your full time must be devoted to staying out front, on the road to the Oval Office, sitting in that Presidential Seat making the right decisions for the good of our country before it is too late for our country. Please stay out front, in the face of the people and see this through. There is no hope for this country without you, Mr. McCain, Govenor Palin, most of all with the Lord, the committee and supporters,and I am confident you will be the next President of our United States of America. Thank you and God Bless You. Mary E. Ayres of Knoxville, TN

    September 25, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  10. Kathy

    The thing you are ALL forgetting is McCains fellow republican SENATORS DO NOT LIKE HIM. His only friends is Lieberman and Graham he can't broker a deal he has no respect from his own party!!!! GRAHAM IS the one who got us where we are today look it up!!!

    September 25, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  11. ARC

    This financial crisis is the icing on the cake for the Bush regime.

    Can you imagine 4 more years of this? This country needs shame and McShame is not the answer.

    Go Obama!

    September 25, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  12. Olivia

    Ask some democrats, such as Barney Frank, why they were urging some financial institutions to give mortgages to people who couldn't afford it just so they could get a part of the american dream.
    Why do you think we have a housing problem today that is destroying all areas of our economy. No, it wasn't just greed and crooks.

    McCain is just fine on economics. palin is being attacked from all sides, but she will do just fine also. I remember when Obama started to campaign how bad he was at it.....Hillary taught him well.

    Today the dems and Obama tried to hang the stalling and rejection of the bailout plan around McCain's neck. A couple of reporters pointed out that he hardly said a word in the meeting.....he listened closely.

    McCain went to Wash to work for us. Obama had to be talked into it, or he would have looked uncaring and arrogant. that's over-confidence.

    September 25, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  13. KC

    I'm just sick. I am a long time Republican (and yes a Woman). I have never been so emberessed in my life. I just can't take it anymore.

    September 25, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  14. NY for Obama

    I just don't understand those die hard McCainians. I mean what exactly do they see as leadership in a man who changes his position like he changes his underwear. This man is irrational and radical. Noone not even his own campaign understand what he does or what he says because even they are caught off guard when asked questions about McCain's remarks. And don't get me started on Palin... I mean are you guys blind or deaf? Or maybe just racist? Please explain it to me because I just don't understand it. POW does not equal presidency!

    September 25, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  15. ML - California

    McCain could have continued on his campaign trail, as he really didn't contribute to the Bailout crisis, which has turned into the Bailout Battle!
    This is not getting settled, so both McCain and Obama should continue their campaigning and have their debate.

    September 25, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  16. Charles Dragonette

    Obama may be no genius on the economy, but McCain has already declared he doesn't understand it – and yet he "suspends" his campaign to rush to Washington to save the economy but can't face up to an unscripted debate format about that or other important national issues.

    John: We honor you for your service to the nation and for the dignity with which you have borne both your captivity and its aftermath. You've earned a dignified retirement; please take it.

    September 25, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  17. phil

    I think that senators Obama & McCain are on the job as Senators, therefore they are above criticism when they choose
    Country First & leave their camaigns to deal with important legislation.
    I hope america is the winner in the upcoming National election.
    thank You & God Bless!!

    September 25, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  18. steve

    Obama says: "if you need me, call me". Don't wait up B.O.

    September 25, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  19. Laura

    Come on Obama! Show us you can do something beside TALk TALK TALK and go DO SOMETHING to actually help!!!! We don't need encouragement, we need action.

    September 25, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
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    September 25, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  21. Elaine

    I don't think that McCain is what this country needs right now. He and Bush, along with most of the other republicans went far too long without realizing that the economy was going downhill fast, and now they're in a panic because it's collapsing. I don't hold any illusions that Obama can fix this right away, but I think he can put us back on the right track.

    September 25, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  22. Sylvia

    It was great seeing the Democrats and Republican working together on the Bailout. Ron Paul even said, I don't know which are the conservatives and which are the liberals at one of the meetings. Then John McCain had to go to Washington and mess everything up. Great job McCain!!!! Washington Mutual has failed, I hope the employees will thank you when they don't have jobs or homes.. You and Phil Gramm are cause of this and you are still destroying everything in your path.

    September 25, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  23. Jimi NY

    The economy IS the most important issue now and it wouldn't be as bad as it is if I weren't spending billions a month in Iraq. Everything about the Republican administration has put us in a HOLE that will be very difficult to dig out of . . . but WE will!!!
    WE need BARRACK OBAMA and JOE BIDEN more then ever!!!
    McCain showed us how much he cares for this country by picking Sarah Palin for his running mate. She is a complete MORON!!! But what scares me more then her is the people that think she is a good pick and Bush is doing a great job.
    This is a sad time for America, but it doesn't have to be. Obama/Biden will bring us the CHANGE we need. WE are very fortunate to have them running together. America . . . please elect them. It is the RIGHT thing to do.



    September 25, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  24. LOL

    Who in their right mind would even consider voting for a republician?Our country has not been in such a mess since the great depression, It was just reported Washington Mutual the largest bank just failed, what next.,? Remember the party that had complete control for six years, deregulation and no oversight. Now McSame the one that wanted more debates can't even show up for his first. Just another ploy because now he realizes that his VP isn't ready for her debates.

    September 25, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  25. NO Aloha 4 Obama

    It's hard to comprehend when people say "it's the economy, stupid"! But yet, reading some of the comments here and from other articles, most of these commenters do not seem to understand basic economics...Sorry folks, if you think the Democrats are going to solve th economy because they're promising to give some of your money back, you're dead wrong! The far left has taken the Democratic party, they're looking more like the Socialist party of Europe! They're going to push for more welfare, free is our country going to afford all that? I am quite impressed on how the Democratic party has pushed for this culture of instant gratification...really sad! Whatever happened to JFK's "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country".

    September 25, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
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