September 25th, 2008
08:44 PM ET
15 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. CarolAnn

    Beings McCain has absolutely "no clue" on economics, I'm sure he would rather do anything but debate Obama Friday night.
    McCain will opt out somehow. As for Sarah debating Joe Biden, I look for her to call in sick.

    September 25, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  2. Smith

    I think it's clear at this point that McCain is done. If the campaign suspension wasn't the final nail in the coffin, Palin's interview with Katie Couric certainly was.

    Thanks for playing!

    September 25, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  3. Sue in MI

    I have to chuckle at the people who say Obama wants socialism. Don't you see that Bush has been turning the country toward fascism, and that this bailout makes the taxpayers accountable, and is socialism at its finest? And yet, you are all on the bandwagon. I am voting Democratic, and voting OUT my congressman who is looking for a 10th term. But I applaud those brave Republicans in the House who have not fallen for the easy, expensive fix, but instead want to step back and see if there isn't another plan that won't leave the responsible people who have a mortgage they can afford and no credit card debt bailing out the selfish idiots who took out loans they could never afford.
    And anybody who votes for Palin deserves what we will get-more war, zero accountability, and zero tolerance for dissent. That's the way she runs her state, although after listening to her this week, I have to wonder who is REALLY running Alaska, as she doesn't seem capable.

    September 25, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  4. Phil

    The idea of blaming right now is not going to fix a thing. I must admit that "lazifare" economics of the last 8 years has not helped us. Bush's administration allowed the markets to create this mess that started in HIS administration. (zero down on a house, no income verification for a mortgage. This is what is killing us)

    Bush did not push for oversight, and I did not hear much from the Democrats on oversight either. But Bush and his buddies are running the show that just crashed and burned. Bush's administration did change course of economy 4 years ago when the seeds of the mess were planted. We are now reaping what he sowed.

    Obama is more stable that McCain. Although I respected McCain until he pandered to the right. Then I lost ALL respect McCain when he picked Palin.

    September 25, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  5. DL

    I will give you, all voted for some measures But this is not the democratic house & senate, who have only been in for 2 years. This is a direct problem from the conservative republican program (who were in charge for min of 6 years before the dems.) This issue is way older than 2 years!
    Why don't you look up the Keating Five from the late 80's & early 90's...PLEASE do it & tell me this is not how John McCain would set policy. He has been for deregulation for ever. And you all think Democrats are naive & to soft. Just look at this mess with no oversight...Oh yea lets not have any oversight Lets just let the bankers take care of & watch them selves...because they are so honest.
    And yes there should be a debate tomorrow! It should be on foreign policy! And Palin should be ready for Biden on time...

    September 25, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  6. eye

    obama; can you tell us how do you manage your family's money. I don't understand why your family just have one car? you don't have any income?your wife was a lawyer before you campain, her income should be Ok. where was your money gone? if you manage your family money good,your family can buy more cars,you can create more opportunity for Detroit workers. McCain dose very good! his family can buy 13 cars, how good for supporting the Detroit worker!
    You can't manage your family money well, how can people trust you can manage country, and lead US people go to rich?

    September 25, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  7. TexicoFrom Mexico

    Actually Nicole you need to take economics 101. Trickle down regonomics HAS NEVER WORKED AND WILL NEVER WORK! Why don't you pople go read the new book by the Professor at Princeton wrote! Even he said the numbers do not lie, Americans have been better off financially with a Democrat in office! ITS FACT PEOPLE!!! Dont take my word for it, go look it up yourselves!

    September 25, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  8. Beth

    McCain has tried everything to steer clear of the Economy Issue"
    Now that it's here to stay, he looks more and more confused.

    September 25, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  9. Marla

    I am a life long democrat and nearing retirement as a teacher. There was a time I actually thought McCain made a lot of sense. I usually cringe when I hear most Republican politicians speak, but he was one I could in the past actually stomach to listen to. But what the heck happened? He seems to make so many rash judgments – I wouldn't trust him for 10 minutes in the White House – he'd make one rash decision after another! I am voting early as soon as I can for OBAMA!!!! you should to!!

    BE SMART America – vote for change OBAMA '08

    September 25, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  10. Al from Georgia

    McCain's antics the past week and a half have been inexplicable. I can't say that I am looking forward to his next desperate move. My prediction is he will either dump Palin or find a way to cancel the vp debate next Thursday.
    In the end, it won't matter. I think America has seen enough of him and his off the wall antics.

    September 25, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  11. Todd

    mcCain has gone far beyond's now called pathetic.

    September 25, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  12. tedious898

    How in the world could any sane, patriotic american vote for the McWalkingcane / Palething ticket? I just saw that interview with Couric and let me say Palin is ridiculous. She can't even string a reasonable sentence together. Haven't we had enough of that during the eight years with "Shrub Junior". She couldn't even find the word "mocked" – Katie had to help her.

    Poor thing...She seems like a nice lady and nobody is working with her on giving the impression she's a reasonably intelligent person.

    September 25, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  13. ZALEY

    What a mess the republican ticket has become!

    September 25, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  14. Ron

    This is pure manipulation on the republican part. This is what they plan to do: They have planned to derail the success made before now, polarize party affiliation then tomorrow McCain comes out in this big news conference to say he has been able to convince his fellow repubs to vote for the very slightly ammended bill. Anybody wants to bet? This is just another foolish gamble, people don't love this country as they claim to be.

    September 25, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  15. Petro-latum, MI

    I don't like McCain OR Obamination. I think you're all fools (especially the Moonbats).

    I'm voting for my dog. His slogan is, "Do-Over!" My dog or Ron Paul.

    September 25, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  16. Harold

    Why is no one talking about Karl Rove's comments Tuesday evening on FOX?. He said his advice to the candidates would be to "stop campaining, rush to Washington, and act presidential by looking like you are working out a comprimise for the good of the country.

    September 25, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  17. You can't have my money

    I am tired of everyone blaming everyone except for the dumb people that bought these overpriced houses that could not afford them.

    Martin had a couple on his show whom the woman made 10.00 an hour and bought a 500k home and now this couple want to BLAME the lenders for giving them the loan!

    These people should not be bailed out either. I disagree with O'bama who wants these people protected.

    No bailout for irresponsible homeowners!!!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  18. texas democrat

    I do not care if our foreign policy has anything to do with our economy I just know if Mccain/Palin gets in we are doomed. They have no economy experience and we have no more troops to send anywhere. Use your brain America.

    September 25, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  19. NM Ray

    This week is a perfect example of what a McCain presidency would be like. McCain likes to bet on rolling dice. There is no thought required, no logic, just a wild game of chance. McCain was a hot-dog fighter pilot who crashed five planes and almost destroyed an aircraft carrier with his stunts. He picked a VP after an interview that any middle-manager would have considered inadequate for a starting level position. This is the type of unthinking, illogical thought process that McCain brings to the table.

    Now he has single-handle disrupted the negotiations that the US Congress spent the past week in trying to resolve some very serious issues confronting our nation. McCain says, "I haven't read Paulson's plan." It's only two and a half pages. If he can't read that, the US public simply cannot trust him with their votes.

    If you love this nation, vote for somebody who knows and understands the US Constitution – Barack Obama. If your intent is to continue the Republican program of bankrupting our nation's treasury and looting future generations, then McCain is your guy. Good luck!

    September 25, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  20. zoe

    Do not fool by media?
    we will be safe
    who cares for wall street and main street media got paid very well
    vote McCain
    Hillary Supporter

    September 25, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  21. Audacity

    omg. this is rediculous. For the dumb people who still are like "McCain is showing true leadership! BLAH BLAH BLAH" Shut up, please. If you have proven yourself to fall for this PURE POLITICAL STUNT then you have no place in this election process. This coming from the man who just WEEKS ago said the economy was fundamentally strong? WHAT? Where was he last week? Or 3, 4,5 days ago? Why right before the debate? And why right when Palin is being criticized for her POOR excuse of an interview? And what did the great CAPED MAVERICK do for us? OH YA! HE ruined the deal that was in place. This from the man who said we need to unify the parties and work in a bipartisan fashion to get the work done. Bull. They already were doing that. So far since mcCain has been in washington, he spoke last at the white house meeting, and basically said NOTHING. He's fueled this division of House Republicans who all of the sudden are AGAINST the deal which they were just previously today for thanks to John McCain meeting with Boehner and the Repubs. I speak for a lot of people when i say THANK YOU JOHN MCCAIN. YOU HAVE SCREWED UP THE DEAL. YOU SHOULD HAVE LISTENED TO OBAMA AND STAYED OUT OF THE DELICATE NEGOTIATIONS. You have now broken the unified efforts of congress, and put us back 6 more steps. GET OUT.

    September 25, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  22. Chris from STL

    Mr. McCain .... you have absolutely no regard whatsoever for American people. Look what you and your cronies did ... WaMu just failed within an hour after you guys ditched and went back on the bipartisan agreement on the rescue plan. The short sight and selfishness of you and your pals are responsible for this calamity,

    You personally are responsible for thousands on WaMu employees losing the job overnight ... What a shame senator.

    September 25, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  23. Barbara

    McCain has done nothing, he's never done anything in 26 years oh why do we think he's going to start now. I'm sick he just sat there said nothing to help. Why in crap is he up there. He's mucking up my future and along with others futher. Get out McCain Stop Posturing with our lives. I sure hope people wake up, see the damage he's doing in the campaign and you want him in the white house for four years. Please Vote for OBama. We need Change Not the same old Policies we have had for 8 years.

    September 25, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  24. VGS

    "rd33,cedar rapids, ia

    Anyone who thinks Obama would be better for the economy than McCain, does not understand the dangers of socialism, which Obama is 'pushing' for"

    MMMHHH, KNOCK KNOCK! Are you aware that this socialist like bailout has been proposed by the Bush Administration, so if you theory is correct, you are currently living under a socialist goverment.

    September 25, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  25. BuleriaChk

    McCain isn't a maverick, he is a loose cannon.....

    September 25, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
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