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
soundoff (1,184 Responses)
  1. American

    McDope is an idiot.......welcome back to the senate, you WILL be there for at least the next eight years loser.

    September 26, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  2. Danny

    McCain will win.

    September 26, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  3. Wasilla

    McCain is a panderer. why shoud democracy stop just because he said so. as much as he has'nt been present to cast a vote. i think the rest of the senators can handle it ,as before. a disgrace to be called a name looser.


    September 26, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  4. Deb

    John McCain looks bewildered and confused.

    September 26, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |

    The real state of emergency is the Interview that Palin did w/ Couric. Please google it and watch. The actual interview will leave you speechless.

    If Americans have half the brain they say that they have we will run the other way. As a woman I am so embarrased by Palin's illiterate comments. Talk about empty suit w/ skeletons b/c the brains have left the building

    September 26, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  6. Salazar, CO

    Watch out for the debate tomorrow. Barack will be wiped out. He has no experience in Foreign Affairs. He is a joke.

    September 26, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  7. Michael G-Ventura ca

    The republicans and their new champion John McCain- The "Deregulator" have managed to screw the American people with their policies geared toward the richest people in the country and large Corporations- In 1992 it was "The Economy Stupid!".
    This year, much more desperate times, it's the economy stupid!
    If the American people vote republican, they deserve to have what they get-but I have much more faith in us than that! Barack Obama will win this election by a LARGE margin and this country will head back the right direction!
    Eight Is ENOUGH!

    September 26, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  8. louis ortega

    This is the same guy who doesnt know how many houses he owns that he defers the question to his staff and hes going to take over the country if elected? I dont want someone of this low-caliber at the helm.

    September 26, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  9. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    McCain, the self-professed non-expert on economic matters, is clearly not fit to be President. He doesn't even know who to go to for economic advice. The thought of Phil Gramm or his equivalent as Treasury Secretary makes me gag-he's one of the neocon Republican architects of our economic crisis and would offer us 4 more years of the same old, same OLD disastrous Bushonomics! I've been saying it for a long time: McCain = Bush 3. It's even truer now than it was in the beginning. It'd be rocky sailin' with McCain/Palin.

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 AND '12!!!!!!

    September 26, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  10. Helene

    McCain has cancelled a debate with Bush in 2000 (CA) at the last moment. Although there was no economic crisis at the time – one thing 2000 had in common with 2008, is that McCain was dropping in his polls when he bailed out.

    September 26, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  11. Anonymous

    the rest of the world is beging the US people to please vote right we are depending on u B Obama

    September 26, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  12. Jazzy

    McCain is trying his best to look/act intelligent.

    September 26, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  13. Charlie


    "The fundamentals of our economy are strong"

    "I don't know as much about the economy as I should know. I still need to be educated"

    September 26, 2008 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  14. Chris from STL

    McCain and his pals are playing with the lives of millions of Americans ... their (in)actions led to the failure of WM tonite and added thousands of WaMu employees in to unemployed status ... and in all probability in to rapidly increasing credit and mortgage 'default' crowd. This is insane. If McCane and his cronies had agreed on the 'rescue' bill that was in place before McCaine got involved, WaMu would still be in business tomorrow morning!

    Wake up America and start thinking. These things affect your lives ...

    September 26, 2008 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  15. Anonymous

    you all miss the point!
    What is happening right now with Sarah Palin and attracts us is not her knowledge on every subject,( what is not required from he democratic VP by the way), but her integrity.
    People are just fed up with politics, broken promises, and here comes Sarah who is strong enough to give up a special private jet and change her mind on a matter like the bridge when necessary. A lot has been said about that bridge to nowhere, and her changing her mind while congress did not want to support the project. It is my understanding she was not even governor at the time! Get off her case!
    It is not about economy but integrity. If the leaders start showing ntegrity they will be wise to lead, no matter the crisis. Can anybody remind me of Ronald Reagan's training and qualifications to be president? And yet he will be remembered as one of the best.
    It is not about economy. It is about integrity.

    September 26, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  16. go away mongers-Ventura ca

    JMMcIntosh etal repugs: It is YOUR party that has put us in this mess- so if can do nothing but call Obama names- go away and shut up. You republicans have caused this mess- calling Obama an empty suit or socialist solves nothing. Your candidate seems to be great at fear & smear- but has NOTHING to give for the economy.
    Your day is DONE and it will take a long time just to clean up YOUR mess- GO AWAY MONGERS!~

    September 26, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  17. Liz- Undecided Voter in GA

    Looks like the 'chickens are starting to come home to roost' with regard to the state of the economy. The bottom line is that our country is being led by corrupt leaders (Republicans and Democrats alike)...No one seems to know how to resolve this mess...and the world is laughing at us...Who will the 'bailout' ultimately benefit?...'Main Street should NOT bail out Wall Street'...They made their bed...they can LIE in it....I have been a moderate Republican all my life...I wanted to see more of what Ron Paul had to say during the primaries..oh talks and walks...

    September 26, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  18. In Colorado

    Obama isn't an opportunist. What the hell are you all thinking? Honestly? I can't believe there are still people out there that are standing behind McCan't. Obama has been talking about the economy ever since he started his campaign right along with Hillary that was saying the same thing. McCan't just a week ago said that the economy was strong right along with his good frined Bush who said it was a hiccup... what a big hiccup.. it more like a huge fart. It is time for a change and OBAMA is that change that we need for our country right now. The rest of you.... well I hope you find peace within yourselves that you need to challenge your thoughts and minds on this and that OBAMA isn't a socialist and if that was the case..... don't you think that would have come out by now????????? And for Bush and McCan't to bail out these companies is Socialism!!!!


    September 26, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  19. Jeanine G

    I wonder if McCain is thinking of the economic impact, and hardship he will create in Mississippi by NOT taking a couple hours out of his friday and attending this debate. The city/ state & university are out 5 million dollars, local hotels and restaurants are booked by folks who spent their HARD EARNED cash to be there for the debate to support Obama AND McCAIN, and he says he is doing this out of concern for the American people? Last time I looked Mississippians were Americans too and it is a couple hours....not a month, that they are asking for.

    September 26, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  20. Jeff/Portland, OR

    Do we even need any of the debates to happen to make our decision?? McCain is so full of lies anyhow that nothing he will ever say again will be taken at face value. Please have him explain the Keating 5 if he shows up tomorrow. And I guess Sarah Palin is still debating her own paranoia of Russians flying over her house. What a moron! I guess by her explanation, my grandmother has enough foreign policy experience to become VP because Air Canada flies over her house.

    September 26, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  21. Wayne Young

    I really cannot comprehend Palin's logic. She just sounds stupid and makes elementary comments. McCain made a good choice for a cheerleader, but not a V.P. or President.

    September 26, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  22. Republican for Obama

    As a life-long Republican, I can't in good conscience vote for McCain. I'll vote Democrat for the 1st time this year and pray that some real change occurs in Washington.

    September 26, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  23. pj

    to – You've got to be kidding:
    He talks, but doesn't say anything? (did you graduate from high school?) He's speaking a language obviously alien to you. It's called English! Doesn't say anything.
    And, compared to you, Palin is brilliant person, right?
    And McOLD trying to postpone the debate and hopefully cancel the VP debates is really putting his country first. No politics there.
    We're all just dying to hear Palin's deep thoughts on the economy.
    Let's hear about McShame's last banking crisis. Ever heard of Charles Keating?
    -And I'm curious,ever met a black person?
    You're a sad ignoramus!
    Brace yourself, because time is marching on.

    September 26, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  24. Tom Pappas

    Obama is a nice guy but his not stupid. Neither the voters.
    John McCain should be careful because his little political game will backfire!
    Jonnie to the rescue save the world one more time! Or I should say the American economy. If the maverick is not able to debate Obama, he can send always his sidekick chick from Alaska……. Sarah Plaiiiiiiiiin. Is obvious she have more experience from all the USA senators together!

    September 26, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  25. Chikk On Lit


    OBAMA 08'

    September 26, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
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