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. Ken, Atlanta

    I am in independent living in Atlanta for 28 years. This morning I voted for John McCain/Sarah Palin ticket. I feel proud today because John McCain will make one of the best presidents in USA. Barack does not deserve it.

    September 26, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  2. Kata

    I smell a rat....and some good theatrics too. First, we received the announcement from Bush that the present crisis will turn into a long, an deeply entrenched recession. Second, we watch in disbelief, the announcement from Mccain who stated he would so-called "suspend" his campaign. Third, we witness vignettes of the goings-on on the Hill throughout the day with all the rigamarole and disagreements on previous agreements. This is nonsense and a perfect example of people (some of the Republicans and McCain I might add) who are taking advantage of naivete of the American people. But, in the words of Obama..."Not this time." Hopefully, the sensible, intelligent, and astute American people will catch on to the
    " Tricky Dicks" up in Washington who will do anything short of throwing Momma off the bus to gain attention-seeking.

    September 26, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  3. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    The honor which he won in battle and as a POW he lost it in the political campaign. This is just another deception or make belief act to gain support for his "selfless" service. Let us not fall for his theatrics.

    September 26, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  4. AR

    This so called crisis was non-existent just 10 days ago with the Bush administration and its puppets echoing that all was well. All Americans should be furious at the betrayal and manipulation at the hands of this administration. They have set a new standard for greed and corruption and now dare to try to deceive us once again. Let their billions vanish. Only then will they feel some of the pain inflicted upon the country all these years.

    All the while, CNN has aided the deception of the country with its shallow, one-sided reporting which abandoned its critical role as a watchdog against such abuses. (Most likely, this post won't even make it to the viewable list as it will be censored).

    Seek the truth elsewhere and take our country back from these monsters.

    September 26, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  5. Jerrod

    McCain just doesn't get it.

    September 26, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  6. DeeDee

    McCain blew it! He gambled with this decision just like he gambled with Palin. And he lost this time. I am Independent and I now know who I'm voting for. It's gotta be about us and our future now. He should trust those people to resolve this issue without him there. His presence will not make a difference. He's crooked and fake. Go on with the debates. He's only trying to stall them because he's not ready(prepared). This was his way to stall for more studying time. He's using us just like the Bush Administration is doing. Get these cowboys out the white House or this country will be under pure embarssment and turmoil.

    September 26, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  7. Lisa S - St. Louis MO

    I feel like I am watching a car accident in slow mo...I am truly FRIGHTENED for our country if McCain & Palin get into the White House...I don't know how many ways I can say it.


    September 26, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  8. Ion Hypocrisy

    Whether it's the economy or energy, neither McCain, nor the Republicans care about anything but themselves -until it's too late.

    Huckabee's introduction of McCain at the convention was very telling. While far-sighted Americans are scaling down their driving to save gas, buying more efficient cars, and taking an extra look at their tune-ups and tire pressures to save gas, he introduced McCain as "A man who won't tell you what type of car to drive, or how much pressure to put in your tires."

    But then again...Big Oil owns the republican party.

    September 26, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  9. Informed Voter

    What absolutely blows my mind is that a majority of people think Obama has the upper hand on the economy. His ideas are as socialist as I have ever heard from an American politician. You can't dismantle corporations, raise minimum wage, and expect the economy to function. The whole of America needs to take Economics 101.

    are you the 17% who think the economy is on the right track???? .. LMAO

    Keep Deregulating ............. LOL

    September 26, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  10. TheJman

    Ok everyone, vote McCain...why not ... how have the last 8 years under a C student gone... pretty good I say ...let's go with a F+ student , what the heck. He has to be a better fit for that position than Obama, for crying out , Obama is only a Harvard grad that also taught constitutional law at one point ...what the heck does he know right...

    !!Vote for Simple Jack/Rain Man in 2012 !!

    September 26, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  11. msndal70

    Red33, remember that letting taxpayers bear the risk for irresponsible financial practices also smacks of socialism, and this occurred on Bush's watch. Time for the Dems to step in a clean up... just like the last time a Bush left office.

    September 26, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  12. Melanie Jones

    This is what I predict, McCain will throw is hat in with the house Republicans's alternative plan. Regardless of the plan's particulars, the plan will advocate selling the bad paper to private investors instead of taxpayers. They know this plan will be met with resistence by the Dems, but they don't care. This plan gives McCain and economic issue to run on and it will put Obama on the defensive because it will pit the taxpayers against the dems.

    September 26, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  13. Sherry

    McCain's antics is nothing more than political posturing to attempt to bolster his numbers in the polls. He is so out of touch with the reality of what people are going through. He has led a privileged life, been promoted through the ranks on the merits of his father and grandfather, not because of his intelligence or hard work. He boasted of being a Navy fighter pilot, however, I have yet to hear of him flying any plane that didn't crash. I do NOT want a president who is hot-headed, would reject advisers and have no hesitation to hit the red button and then question later. He is scary and dangerous. His millionaire status, 8 homes and 13 cars, shows just how clueless he is in truly understanding those facing foreclosure or potential loss of their investments.

    September 26, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  14. Sarah - No, not that one!

    If John McCain chickens out of the debate, he'll earn the name – "John McChicken."

    Also, it looks like "Palin is Failin'.

    September 26, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |

    Amidst all of this ramblings we have a VP nominess in the person of Sarah Palin who will make George Bush looks like a straight A student.

    This woman is so dumn it scares the hell out of me to think that she might be just a heartbeat away from the presidency.

    The world will surely laugh us to scorn

    September 26, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  16. AA

    Get it straight...

    McCain about a month ago said that the economy was not his strong point, that he does not know much about it.

    McCain less than 10 days ago said the economy was strong.

    McCain last week said he that the bailout plan (that had absolutely no oversight and no possible recourse for review) looked good. It was 3 pages. He also ran his mouth again and said that if he was pres., he would fire the head of the securities commission, which is not something that a president can do.

    McCain the very next morning admitted that he has not read it.

    McCain yesterday said that this matter is so urgent that he is going to Washington and that he is suspending his campaign so that he can go work on the plan to fix the economy. He then gave three interviews, and went to speak at the Clinton foundation.

    This morning, the people who actually do know about the economy from both parties said that they have the fundamental's worked out and that they are close to a deal. McCain had not yet arrived.

    McCain arrives. There is no longer a deal that is close.

    Do the math. The man is an uneducated, naive, drama queen, with little morals and he is once again so far over his head that he does not know weather to scratch his watch or wind his behind.

    Patriot? Please.


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

    Does John McLame Even Want To Be President???

    Where Is HE?

    Talk To The American People!!!

    Where Is The Debate???

    September 26, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  18. 909ari

    Obama '08

    What more can I say?

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

    You dumb dems should wake and see THAT THERE ARE IRANIANS WHO WANT TO KILL EVERY AMERICAN and WE MUST SAVE OUR ECONOMY right now and not OBOUNCE it until we are all broke and dead!!!!! Mcain is our only hope and Sarah will stop the Russians. The economy was sabotaged by dem congress stop blaming beautiful SARAH!!!!!!

    September 26, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  20. TND

    I can't believe this election is close. Everything McCain does is political and rash but it's like no one sees it. His temperment is dangerous but populist.

    As for Palin,... what can you say? I haven't heard a lucid response to a question from her yet.

    I pray Americans can see through this.

    September 26, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  21. Therm

    Red33.....maybe you should try and educate yourself and not fall for political soundbites. The American economy is facing this economic crisis because of the free market with no oversight, deregulation, and trickle down economic theories that McCain has always supported. It is a perfect example of a theory that looks great on paper but doesn't work in real life. To many greedy fat cats holding out nets to catch anything before it trickles down with John McCain supporting legislation to not stop them.

    As far as Obama ruining the economy because of his "socialist" policies that is nothing more than Republican propaganda. The economy has always historically been stronger when a Democrat is in office. He supports programs that will help ordinary people get healthcare and education. You would say "but I shouldn't have to pay for that" but yet because of Republican economic policies you are going to have to pick up the tab to the tune of $7,000,000,000 (probably more when all is said and done). So you can pay less to help ordinary Americans or pay more to bail out greedy corporations...hmmmm...tough choice.

    BTW, this economic bail out this is being proposed is pure socialism....and it doesn't help anyone but the rich corporations who acted irresponsibly out of greed. John McCain helped cause the problem but he is showing "leadership" by rushing back to Washington to help solve what he and his party created...give me a break (and by all reports he actually hurt the efforts..not helped)

    By the way have you checked out the value of the American dollar vs. the Euro lately??? I guess you're right...those Socialist countries have it all wrong...strong economies and free health care and education...we CAN'T have that here!!

    September 26, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  22. Tired of the Whining

    To all of the whining Kool Aid drinkers who think it's my responsibility to take care of you and your 5 kids – because you're too lazy to get an education, work more than one job in order to pay for that education, and signed up for a mortgage you couldn't afford.....because you didn't get an education and couldn't read the terms of the loan.....

    Please take a moment to have someone tell you a bit on our current system of government oversight on banking and lending. One of the most powerful entities in this process of regulation is the Senate Banking Committee, chaired by your beloved Chris Dodd.......and isn't the Senate, and the Banking Committee controlled by the Democrats?? I'm confused as to why this is the fault of Conservatives?

    September 26, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  23. MaryAnne

    Credit card companies (banks) need to accept 90% of this disaster. My daughter, who is a freshman in college, received a fist-full of credit cards her first month at college. Just who and how do these companies think will pay for these? They prey on the college students. I hope they all eat it!

    September 26, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  24. Observer

    Greetings from the Emerald Isle, (Ireland)

    If McCain cannot handle more than one thing at a time, then at least for his health sake, he may as well step down.

    If he finds it too hard and stressful in that he cannot take a few hours out to get the debate over and done with, he is hardly going to make a reliable leader.

    A country needs a leader who can demonstrate some kind of strength & be able to multi-task, especially when there is a crisis.

    Obama/Biden, for as long as America needs it.

    September 26, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  25. Nancie

    John – You should have chosen a running mate with a measurable IQ.
    Lesson lernt!

    September 26, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
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