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. FreeNLovIt

    I need a job. I'm going to stop listening and pray for stability and that the one with the stable hand wins.

    September 25, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  2. RJ, CA

    The way I see it, as this point in time neither Obama or McCain have been elected president. At this point in time they are still both Senators and should spend time in the Senate working on the best possible economic solution.

    Nothing/no one would "suffer" if the debate were postponed a couple of weeks. But, of course, OBama would have to start all over again — with a NEW set of facts — to practice debating with his coach. Tough!

    Go back to the Senate, Obama — and do the job — JUST ONCE — that you were actually elected to do.

    September 25, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  3. Lawrence in Denver

    Barack is not leading because of the Economy being the # 1 issue, he is leading because John McFraid doesn't know if he is a foot or horseback. Sarah Failin is the same. She isn't against a war with Russia. Hey Ms. Piggy, better watch it, we go to war and your in trouble considering you can see Alaska from your house.

    September 25, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  4. DanFango

    Sad that it took this to blow the lid off the "branding" and personality based campaign Schmidt and Davis were trying to wage. But it had to happen, for the sake of our democracy.
    Political discourse has been debased by the Colsons, Atwaters, and Roves and thier Republican cohorts for almost forty years, and ignorance and prejudice triumphed.
    It's time we all paid attention to "the Elephant in the Room".

    September 25, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  5. Anita from Arizona

    I don't trust McCain to change anything, except his Maverick status. He did a great job changing that.

    September 25, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  6. D Jones

    So people would rather have a committed Marxist in charge of the economy than John McCain, eh? How did that work out in...oh, the rest of the countries that tried it? For example, Russia, East Germany, Cuba, and North Korea. Not that John McCain is a real conservative on the issue, but Obama would likely be far worse for this country than Jimmy Carter ever was.

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

    "I've been concerned for some time that when you start interjecting presidential politics into delicate negotiations, you could actually create more problems than less," Obama said. "It is amazing what you can get done when the cameras are not on and people are not looking to get credit or allocate blame."

    obama 08

    September 25, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  8. Emily

    yes.Economy is most importing more then ever.With All do respect but McCain aint going to solve this crisis 1 weekend ,what he couldn`t do in 26 years not even last 4 yrs.Economy was strong remember that Comment from him just the 10 days ago.Now his diclineing pool numbers he does what his best, rash decision rush to save the day show he is a leader. HA HA.We all know lies political decision and gain ,behind all this act.

    September 25, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  9. Juan Carlos(Las Vegas)

    OMG polls polls 24/7

    September 25, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  10. Marc in Philly

    McCain panders so much he should be black and white. First, he was the 'experienced' candidate, then he was the 'change' candidate.
    Now we are suposed to believe he's 'showing leadership' by postponing his appearence at the Friday night debate.

    C'mon, he's not a committee chairmain, nor is he in any leadership position in the Senate that deals with banking or finance! What exactly is he there for again?

    September 25, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  11. Thebe

    The economy is not only McCaint's only problem. Did you watch the interview with his pesky vp candidate tonight. She cannot deliver a coherent thought. She was so certain that Kissinger would not meet with a foreign leader w/o conditions. Well guess what? She was w-r-o-n-g.

    September 25, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  12. bridgette

    Americans the definition of insanity is repeatedly doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. If we keep putting the same person with a different name over and over in all offices be it local, state, or federal then we will continue to have the same results. Maybe we the American peolple have gone insane.

    September 25, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  13. Kuro

    McCain is so out of touch, it's insane.

    September 25, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  14. Mark, VA

    Our economy is the number one priority this election and it seems as if McCain not taking it serious.


    September 25, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  15. Tony

    It is the ownership society, and it is time that McCain owns up to his failures as a Senator, leader, and Man.

    The former Chariman of the Commerce Department who had full control of Economy from 1994-2006 brought us this. This is him.
    Until last month, his campaign manager was on the payroll of Fannie Mae. He has to own up to that.

    Americans are saying ENOUGH!

    Now he is concerned about the economy to not debate. He wants my vote b/c of what? Because he is POW or a Maverick.
    Give me a break.

    McCain should join Bush is retirement in backwoods of Texas.

    September 25, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  16. BB

    And BTW since when do people trust McCain on Iraq. He voted for the war in the first place. Because of the "surge" ? We already know now that there were many other reasons for the decline in violence.

    September 25, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  17. SD

    Economy is certainly more important than left over business in Iraq. That business is going to cost $10B a month for the next several years no matter what the presidential policy is. On the other hand with democratic congress and presidency, there could be multi-billion dollars a month increase in expenses for social programs. We need a stalemate of republicans/democrats so that the government does things only with bipartisan or veto-proof support. I say vote McCain and put people's interests ahead of party interest, even if you don't agree with his policies 100%.

    September 25, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  18. david Armendale, SF, CA

    McCain has gotta be kickin himself in so many ways for choosing Palin instead of Romney. For starters, Romney at least could've been out front with his economic cred on the financial crisis, he would not have needed to be coddled and sheltered from the media, and he would not have had some witch hunter praying over him – just his bizarro Mormon clan – but look – Senator Harry Reid is a mormon. So no big.

    September 25, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  19. Jacob S.

    We need to, as a country, adopt this phrase "Maverick behavior." You don't even have to explain it. See a light turning red: Run it! Maverick behavior. Had a lot of ice cream but just want one more bite: take that bite! Maverick behavior. The American economy and your campaign are simultaneously imploding: suspend your campaign and just waltz about Washington D.C. looking kind of interested and completely confused! Maverick behavior. I guess McCain can inspire. I'm going for a drive to pick up some ice cream.

    September 25, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  20. Dee

    Doesn't anyone realize the stock market is being manipulated to scare the public into buying this bailout? I hope that if it actually goes forward that the American people vote out every sitting member of the house and senate as they come up for re-election. With it or without it, the regular citizens lose. So why should it be allowed! Everyone should just take their losses now, because WE WILL end up in the same spot down the line.

    September 25, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  21. An independent leaning Obama

    but...but...but the fundamentals of our economy is strong. but....the economy is something i havent understood as well.

    On page 373 of John McCain's 2002 memoir Worth the Fighting For, you'll find the following quote:
    "I didn't decide to run for President to start a national crusade for the political reforms I believed in or to run a campaign as if it were some grand act of patriotism. In truth, I wanted to be President because it had become my ambition to be President. I was sixty-two years old when I made the decision and I thought it was my one shot at the prize."
    ^ a b McCain, John; Salter, Mark (2002). Worth the Fighting For. New York: Random House. ISBN 0-375-50542-3. p. 373.
    Please please please don't vote for a man who only wants to win "the prize" of the presidency.

    September 25, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  22. don from california

    Can you believe McCain. Supposedly no one knows if McCain is siding with the House republicans or not. My God, if this is just a ploy to allow McCain to look like he saved the day, it's sick, twisted and even a conspiracy theorist couldn't make this stuff up. The House republicans better not be playing games with our future. As a tax paying citizen I demand that this scheme be investigated. Why else would the House republicans suddenly freak out about issues they had already cleared up. They are stalling. It's bizarre.

    September 25, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  23. tws1906

    What in the world is McCain up too...political stunts...please stop tryin to make it seem like he cares.

    September 25, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  24. Mr Republican

    The war is contributing to the destruction of the dollar. Excessive spending, whether printing it or borrowing it, leads to a devalued dollar, which in turn leads to inflation. Why do I have to report this and not the media?

    September 25, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  25. thousands of home were lost today

    John McCain needs to stop using the American people as props. we are not apart of some play he seems to be trying to direct. McCain is a pathetic shadow of the man he once was....and America is getting tired of him and all f his theatrics, i dont care what he says tomorrow, every rational person will see through his lies. the only thing transparent about McCain/Palin are his lies. be a patriot vote for Obama.

    September 25, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
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