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. Nate

    Palin=Twit. Need I say more?

    September 26, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  2. dana

    Obama shows sound and practical judgement and will not fall for McCains crazy tricks....

    This is a old school trick McCain! What will you do next to try to win points ? If you can't come why not send your Veep Palin or can she be questioned on National TV without a script?

    September 26, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  3. Nate

    Erin – Take your blinders off honey!

    September 26, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  4. A phi

    I think the US media is now ten its focus their full support for Obama. It is unfair. I read CNN, ABC news and found most articles having tendency to accelerate their unfair support for Obama, even using their polls. I am sure the John Mcain has faced personal issue with the US media, even Palin. I think in the US the role of the media sometimes exceed the limit that has negative impact on the country benefits, sometimes jeopardise the country future.

    In my opinion, the American people's opinions are heavily affected by the media because they believe in the media, which I think is very risky, especially in the selection of this country president.

    I also think Obama though having gain more voters is the person who cares for himself and his goal is only to become the US president, to satisfy his ambitious character rooted from his family origin and background that creates his charactor. It is not right for him to lead this country with many challenges ahead. On the contrary, John Mc Cain, I think, is the person with clear end in mind: His goal is to put the country first, American people first while Obama goal is to become the US president with a vague slogan: CHANGE. CHANGE IS ALWAYS RISK. In the current world of challenges if Obama becomes the US president, I trust that with his goal, the US will be weaker and other countries like China, Russia will prevail and no way for the US to come back its role as the most power of the world.

    September 26, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  5. Felisa

    With Palin's egregious ignorance of foreign policy and McCain's economic illiteracy, the fundamentals of this Republican ticket are wrong for America.

    September 26, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  6. Wasilla

    It doesnt matter what you put the lipstick on.
    basically McCain wished he had a second wish. how long before
    Palin drops out ?

    the Maverick is loosing his bearings, he was a mavercik but that was
    long time ago before he brown nosed Bushes bush,

    September 26, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  7. dannette

    McCain is proving to be the most shadiest of all political candidates! I hope for the good of America, that the voters really understand the lengths this man will go to secure his bid for the white house! There is no integrity left in John McCan't!! All of the supporters of McCan't should go into the voting booth and vote Obama! McCain has insulted the intelligence of his supporters, time after time. When will they wake up!!

    September 26, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  8. Emma

    So many people are tearing into Governor Palin... gee what about all the unbelievable gaffs from Biden.

    ***** The American people are watching all of this and are getting pretty angry and the far left, liberal media.. It is pretty funny how Campbell Brown had a fit becaue Governor Palin will not come and interview on Campbells time.. I love it.. Keep it up Governor.

    September 26, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  9. Vickie/Kansas City

    Does anybody else think the McCain is being made to look like a fool and Sarah Palin seems to think she is the one who is running for President. Seems like she is the one the media reports on more. God forbid if McCain gets elected and something happens to him does anyone really thinks she could run this country? She would be even more of joke than Georg W Bush

    September 26, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  10. chuck o Houston tx

    Well Americans are listening to people like RUSH and SEAN, and they use the airwaves to preach hate and divide..this is one of the rather than people to use their God given common sense, they resort to this type of politics..How in the Hell will this election be this close based on this economic situation?..God help this Country with this type of prejudice and racial divide.Kudos to SEAN HANITY AND RUSH LIMBURGH for preaching hate ..Your job is manifesting itself.

    September 26, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  11. Hopeful

    Obama has my vote of confidence!

    September 26, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  12. McInsain & Fallin

    If anyone is considering voting for these two fools, think twice. Be afraid, be very afraid! McInsane is ridiculous and a lose cannon, shoot at the hip, select a running mate after only meeting her once [Blew up in his face].

    All of a sudden, he suspends his campaign [after dropping in the polls and his fear of debating Obama].

    Both of them are lunatics.

    September 26, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  13. Emma

    **** CNN, I use to watch your station all the time, but not people are desperate.

    September 26, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  14. C W

    McCain is a joke; Palin can't handle a simple interview with the press; Bush squandered the surplus he inherited from Clinton and has racked up a HUGE debt we'll be paying off for generations to come.

    It's time to follow the thoughtful, intelligent, level-headed leadership of Barack Obama. Just think about all he has consistently said and done these last 19 months – and compare that to McCain and his all-over-the-map behavior and statements.

    The choice is obvious: Obama/Biden 08

    September 26, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  15. Americans

    The repulicans don't have a clue. They keep talking about Obama was scared to debate McCain in the town halls. Obama was to smart to fall for that trick and but I see the repulicans on here still did not see the trick being played. McCain at the time was only pulling in a few hundred people to his town halls and the media was not covering him, he was short on money so he wanted to debate Obama in his town hall meetings because Obama draws a bigger crowed and is always covered by the media, so he wanted the free marketing by using Obama to reach more people.

    So for all you repulican supporters who think Obama was scared you are the idiots because you did not see the play being made, Obama did. McCain tried it again by trying to postphone this debate but again Obama was to smart to fall for it. Do any of you republicans wonder why McCain is always asking Obama to do something he request? It is his way to try and make himself look like the leader and everytime Obama don't agree he looks worst. Obama knows the game and a leader set the tone not follow it. McCain entire campaign has been based on tricks, like the Celeb ads, Palin pick all the atack ads and now the debate postphonement. Are you guys really that stupid to fall for a trick master instead of a real leader.? By the way where is Palin?

    September 26, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  16. Brian B

    I'm 37 years old and to my knowledge, in my lifetime there have been only 2 presidents who did not lie to the american public, #1 Ford (wasn't even elected to any office) and #2 Carter (extremely unpopular). What's my point?

    September 26, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  17. curious tanzanian

    where can i check out the candidate's polls, who's winning and other related stuff?
    would someone please send me a link to this?

    September 26, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  18. ZANE

    McCain is the Idiot who said that our economy was "fundamentally strong". Now, he's saying its in a "crisis"???!!!?
    He's looking more and more confused and is absolutely way-out-of-touch with the sufferings of the American people.


    September 26, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  19. tom

    Rep. Senator Richard Shelby seems to have a good idea.
    He stated that economists think it is a bad idea to bail out Wall street.
    Is this another WMD situation that Bush is trying to ram through, without due diligence, on the American people.
    Does America want incompetent/irresponsible institutions to be bailed out so they can carry on with a clean late at the taxpayers' expense and still providing the same irresponsible/incompetent actions that got them to this spot?
    Wouldn't it be better that stronger/smarter institutions absorb these failing institutions.
    Like Obama said if you do the same thing you've always done you'll always get what you've always gotten.

    September 26, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  20. Ty in Kansas City, Missouri

    I have listened to the occurrences of the past week. Now I am just totally amazed. Next I am waiting for the general election to be cancelled. We must be the laughing stock of the world with our politicians and the ruination of our country. Our founding fathers must be flipping in their graves. How sad.

    September 26, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  21. Emma

    Why can't this blog be like where you can say how you feel free speech and it does not get moderated.. I can only guess that you will not post any of my comments because want to silence frees speech

    September 26, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  22. annie - never again a dem.

    To its about time – you are so right! 2 senators still on the tax payers payroll and one is doing his job and one is posing for cameras going call me if you need me. Think I'll try that one on my boss tomorrow and see how well it goes over.
    To Colleen – if barry hussein obama has to 'prepare' for a debate exactly why would you want him for president?

    September 26, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  23. Eddie Bucks, TX.

    I think that John is a genius for real.

    He knew Sarah Palin had a bad morning interview that could have made headline news with the many questions she could not answer.

    Then he had to look up to a debate on Friday which would touch on the bailout (3 page proposal) that he was failing to read.

    Meanwhile Obama was smiling and surging -yes I said it 'surge'- in the polls.

    Ding, ding, ding, ding he came up with a plan while on the phone with George:

    (a) Suspend the campaign(okay not really but just say it) divert attention and leave everyone guessing.

    (b) Make the other guy do it too. If he refuses George will help make him.

    There! Who could have thought the man who has no clue about economics would have a solution this time?

    Even Obama who knows he doesn't get it fell for it and is still falling.


    September 26, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  24. insider

    Palin today reminded me of Gilligan from Gilligan’s island only she is prettier

    September 26, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  25. Trigger

    Straight ticket voting is ruining this country! The folks who sound like they would vote for a pile of @#$%!! if it had their parties bumper sticker stuck to it! If only people had more humility and could judge a person for his decision making and conviction rather than his or her party this country probably would not be in such a mess right now! I say why the hell do we need friggin labels? Why not just vote for the person without the history of labels but the history of his work. I think if you put to people (like a blind taste test) in front of a croud and had the (mixed party) croud vote on their full line of ideas a lot of the folks would be supprized to see they voted for the opposite party. Or at least the most intelligent one! hehe But then again some may recognise their own party and vote for the idiot out of pure weird mancho loyalty.
    Who do you think this motto should represent? READY...SHOOT...AIM!! Uuuuuh...........So why are you so offended?hehe

    September 26, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
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