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. Economics 101

    Lowering taxes for more citizens leads to increased investing and increased spending on good and services, which leads to job growth and an overall increase in the GDP. Redistributing wealth from the richest 10% to the poorer 90% actually leads to an increase in overall earnings from that richest 10% as well. A windfall profits tax ony refers to those profits not put into company improvements and innovation. It refers exclusively to profits used as bonuses and secondary investment ventures.

    Do conservatives know ANYTHING about the economy or Obama's tax plan, which actually cuts taxes for the vast majority of Americans?

    I suspect that conservatives haven't bothered to examine that it is conservative principle that got us into our current mess. Rush Limbaugh is a liar or an idiot, a drug addict who should not be trusted. And what does it say of Hannity, Prager, Savage, Miller, and O'Reilly, that they are but pretenders to the great throne of ignorance?

    September 26, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  2. annie - never again a dem.

    Evidently Sen. McCain was right about the fundamentals of our economy being strong or else the economy would have collapsed by now!

    September 26, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  3. Polly

    Per John McCain: Well, my friends, I'm rich and my friends are rich, so whats the problem?

    September 26, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  4. MrPragmatic

    For those of you who seem to think Obama is a Socialist, please take a closer look at the true Socialist party right now – the Republicans. The GOP is great at privatizing profits (yea Capitalism!) and then socializing the losses (whoa, Socialism.) How many times have we seen the Republicans do this? Does no one remember the S&L debacle that your man McCain was part of? At this time in history, George Bush and his crew are truly being socialistic because THEY want to bail out the industries that are melting down as a result of the deregulation that the GOP pushed so hard for. Just as the 1929 crash and depression were the result of Republican policies, so we are seeing history repeat itself. It'll take another visionary like FDR to get us out of this one, too.

    September 26, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  5. Emma

    **********as i scroll thru the comments, i do not see any good things about McCain.

    sad. pretty sad.

    September 26, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  6. Caroline in Indiana

    I am baffled and disappointed that anyone would even consider voting for McCain and Palin. The more I see and hear them the more convinced I am that he is a senile nut case and she is just plain old clueless.

    I was a big Hillary supporter and I am still disappointed that she is not the nominee. However, a blind man can see that Senator Obama is more intelligent than McCain. He thinks issues through before making judgment calls, he is deliberate and thoughtful yet displays a sense of urgency.

    McCain is all over the map and can't seem to grasp the most simple concept.

    McCain actually scares me. I used to compare him to Bush but I am beginning to believe he's worse than Bush (if that's possible).

    September 26, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  7. jay

    Simly put, it's an economic coup.

    American's sit by idle, and watch, as we slide on over to Socialism.

    Obama supporters are Socialists, or mearly uninformed. McCain's camp seems nearly as Marxist. Both poor choices at best!

    September 26, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  8. Gerald

    If that's the way a "maverick" acts uring a crisis, I don't need one! What a waste of time, having this man in the room with serious people, during a crisis. This was no time for a photo op, and that's all McCain really wanted. He shows up late to the game, then proceeds to derail all that had been acheived to that point. Way to go, idiot! I can't wait till November 5th, when you are not only a very old man, but old news, as well!

    September 26, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  9. jaime

    This has corruption written all over it.

    Which wall is going to be used to shoot all these bastards?

    Are we going to take it sitting down or are we going to plan the political hangings already in the public square?

    Enough is enough! Americans are rapidly becoming cowards. What happen to the land of the brave?

    We need brave Americans that will fire the first shot and send these two parties and their supporters into exile or jail.

    Join us.

    The New Socialist/Worker Party

    September 26, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  10. Florida Sunshine

    It looks like Florida, Ohio, Virginia and possibly Missouri will be deciding this election. It will be interesting to see of the people suffering in those states stick with what got them there or will they step in a new direction.


    September 26, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  11. Indepenant '08

    This economic crisis is a result of corrupt greedy... LIBERALS!

    What timing. Everyone knows that McCain is strong on foreign policy so why not turn attention away from it? This is all a result of crap like HUD and the like. Making it mandatory for mortgage companies to give subprimes to poor people who can't afford houses. Thats right, poor people in houses and rich liberals in mansions created this!

    September 26, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  12. Nicole

    McCain and Palin are now reaching SCARY.

    September 26, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  13. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    McCain was a "big" factor at the White House meeting, eh?!

    Obama has nothing to worry about!

    September 26, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |

    After seeing the tight polls, I now understand why they say Americans are behind other countries in our education. Illiteracy RATE is off the charts here in America and what is sad, is that it mainly fall on the side of many Repugs.

    I can't believe that after the blatantly obvious mishaps by Mccain and camp that so many are still willing to vote for that wonder why other factors were considered as possible hinderances. It is now obvious as to what is happening.

    September 26, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  15. You can't have my money

    I don't know how people can sit back and not understand that Obama is essentially saying that because the two senators are campaigning they should not get involved in this economic crisis! It's so laughable since all Obama talks about is how he is THE guy to fix the economy troubles, yet NOW he is saying that he shouldn't intervene in negotiations between the people working on it.....but...but...Obama, I thought you said YOU were the guy that could fix it?

    How can people who are thinking about voting for O'bama because he claims he's the economic answer take him seriously now??????

    September 26, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  16. Marie, 24 y/o from Austin, TX

    Evelyn, From what I have seen in the past few months, no matter what the question, most AOL polls favor McCain. I think AOL users tend to be older, conservative adults... My parents used AOL up until recently...

    Steve from Houston, I agree with you that Palin makes hardly any sense in her interviews. She talks in phrases & run-on sentences in an attempt to fit in every 'tag line' she has been fed. We don't know her financial history, she did an about-face and stuck a wrench in the Troopergate investigation after saying she had nothing to hide, she has only taken 4 questions from the press and she has conducted only 3 interviews (which have only proved her naivete). Palin's ineptness scares me... She's NOT ready for the spot light and certainly NOT ready to be VP OR President.

    –Obama/Biden '08

    September 26, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  17. Lance, AZ

    Nicole wrote; "The whole of America needs to take Economics 101"

    Does Economics 101 teach that it is a good idea to borrow beyond your capability to pay back the debt? From where will the money come that will be required to pay the interest and principle on the treasury bonds sold to foreign countries in order to fund the war and now this finance debacle? I believe the rich should have to pay for the privilege of being able to rape America financially. Raise the taxes on the rich. What are they going to do, lay off the remaining American workers and force us to go into business for ourselves? We will compete. We are Americans.

    September 26, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  18. Mark

    Obama hasn't offered a plan yet because he hasn't finished taking his polls....those mesmerized by his hypnotic speeches just want him to get in office so they can get a free ride. Yes, vote Obama and vote yourselves money!! All lazy, ignorant people deserve a stress-free life of bliss. Let's put it on the more affluent people to provide it for them – the affluent have more than enough and now we know it's their patriotic duty to cheerfully give up their money. Not enough that they are already paying much more. I'm happy to pay off the mortgages of those who haven't earned home ownership. I had to work hard to buy a house and I don't want anyone else to have to go through what I did! Everyone DESERVES a house, right? But you better do the screw job quick....because we will waste very little time taking our money out of the economy to avoid paying outrageous taxes. In fact, people are already starting to squirrel money away to weather the bad economy and Obama's socialist agenda. The Libs are too blinded with power to see, once again, the train wreck they are setting up.

    September 26, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  19. You've Got To Be Kidding!

    Obama is an opportunist. He talks smooth, but doesn't say anything. He reminds me of a psychic on a 1-900 #. He says general things with no
    specifics, and everyone thinks he knows what he is talking about.

    McCain is not any better. He understands national security, but nothing about the economy.

    The last think we need is either of these two guys helping their buddies on Wall Street and then bankrupting our nation. I hear the salivating across the world from dictators like Putin, Chavez, and Ahmadinejad. China is eager to bounce on our weakness!

    Voters get a clue! Get over the partisan politics and see this crap for what it is!

    Let's bring back the primaries and vote again! I think these two yahoo's candidates are "more of the same!"

    September 26, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  20. Dee

    McCain needs to go home as does Ms. Palin. They have proven they do not have what it takes to handle the White House. Why anyone would vote for them at this point is absolutely beyond me! We are our own worst enemy if we elect these inept individuals. Obama has remained steadfast and tried to give real answers to our concerns and questions. No stunts just the facts. With McCain I see myself slinging hamburgers for minimum wage at McDonald's when I am 90! McDonald's because all other jobs will be in another country and minimum wage since Bush and McCain seem to think people can live just fine on $7.25 an hour....and of course pay for their own health care, home, fuel oil, etc, etc, etc. Obama '08

    September 26, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  21. Diana

    The United States is falling apart, yet, some are willing to elect 4 more years of the same ole crap.

    September 26, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  22. arlene, CA

    I am sick of McSame. He just pulled this stunt for drama and the distraction. He can not focus on more than one thing at a time. He's definitelly not a multi-task person & his vp is completely inept ! In fact the mcsame/palin ticket is a joke! no mcsame, no palin, now way, no how.

    September 26, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  23. Jane

    I really hope Americans are not voting based on the color of a person skin versus want we need as Americans. Be careful because in another 4 years the rich will be poor and the poor will be poorer. McCain has multiple houses all over the country and some people don't even have one. He has over 150 million dollars do you really believe country is first.

    September 26, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  24. Eric in Ohio

    McCain has totally lost touch with what is important. After the events of Wall Street, I still don't think he has a clue. Sad.

    September 26, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  25. Joan

    Funny, today's daily Gallup tracking poll shows McCain and Obama tied at 46-46. So, his position on the bailout is already showing America's approval of his priority being to resolve the economic crisis instead of campaigning as usual. Unlike Obama, McCain doesn't wait for a phone call if someone needs him.

    September 26, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
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