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. Lisa

    McCain wishes he could just say "I can't make it Friday night, Cindy got us reservations at the country club".
    As for Sarah, when the time comes to debate Joe Biden, she'll just call in sick.

    September 26, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  2. MaggieB

    Like the economy, McCain's campaign is in a downward spiral. But, I do believe the US economy will rebound. As for McCain, he is history.

    September 26, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  3. Tracy-Oakley

    The polls should continue to drop for the Republican Candidate who can only concentrate on one thing at a time.

    September 26, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  4. Dave

    Viva la revolucion! Vote Obama! He reminds me so much of my hero Che Guevara! Down with capitalists and republicans!

    September 26, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  5. Mandy

    McCain is running solely to keep the wealthy secure. He's proven that!

    September 26, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  6. Thanks for the laugh

    It is nice to see young people getting involved in politics. Too bad you are starting by drinking the obamanation kool aid. McCain sounded the alarm 3 years ago, co-sponsoring Senate bill S190 Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act. Could have averted the problem. Obama voted against it because his friends were getting rich selling bad mortgages. Now Obama has joined with the Bush Admin to bail out the folks that got rich? Support the plan that make Wall Street pay to bail themselves out. They took the risk, let they pay the consequences. Bad paper is bad paper whether it is owned by a bank or bought by the government with money YOU will have to pay back.

    September 26, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  7. TXElliott

    How can McCain possibly be considered the strongest candidate when it comes to Iraq? I thought most Americans opposed the occupation now? McCain wants to keep us there?

    September 26, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  8. Therm

    ME IN FL yes I guess the economy is to much to comprehend for Obama who put himself through Columbia University and Harvard Law School with honors but the man who graduated with a D average is really the one who gets it (not to mention the VP who had to attend 6 colleges to get a degree in jounalism).

    I suppose the fact that Obama actually takes time to think about what he says and doesn't rush to judgment may seem foreign to you. After the last eight years of a president who reacts before he thinks with no intellectual capacity for critical thinking it may just be what you are used to. I just ask that you take a moment...and unlike Mr. Bush and Mr. McCain actually THINK.

    September 26, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  9. Paul

    Bush and the Boys are laughing all the way out out of the WhiteHouse. Not only have they made themselves filthy rich, they secured the futures of all their friends as well, all at the expense of the American taxpayers.


    September 26, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  10. Obama, Start packing - you're moving to Penn Ave.

    Thank you Senator Obama for injecting calm into this and keeping a level head – a trait of a truly great leader. The last thing we need is hysteria and threats of a great depression. Thank you also for insisting that this is not a time to disrupt negotiations like McCain did. McCain's motives are very obvious. I look forward to seeing you at the debates (w/ or w/o McCain).

    September 26, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  11. lea

    Obama isn't pushing for socialism. He's just trying to clean up the mess made by the free spending, drunken sailors who've been in office for the last 8 years. Don't put the blame on Democrats, they've only had a majority in the house since 2006. This huge mess was caused by Republicans and their ridiculous trickle down economics.

    September 26, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  12. Bayou Joe

    Mark, I am one of those investors that pulled everything out of the stock market as soon as this Marxist stole the nomination from Hillary. I will sit on the sidelines until after November.
    The money is safer in my mattress than it is in the bank or wall street.
    especially if the tax and spend socialist democrats control the government.

    September 26, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  13. dhimaan

    Mccain is trying to 'play' just like George Bush 'played' the American people during 2004 about WMDs in Iraq. Do not fall for it, Mccain has done nothing for or against the financial system during his so called years as the commerce chairman. I will not vote for someone who makes rash decisions or think they cannot handle multiple things at the same time. To be a president you need to multitask and not run and hide like a coward!

    September 26, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  14. Justie

    McCain will be a NO-SHOW Friday night. He doesn't have a clue as what to say.

    September 26, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  15. Laszlo In L.A.

    McCain sat at that White House meeting Thursday for 40 minutes like a stump, saying nothing, doing nothing, while Obama ultimately asked for specifics and engaged the Treasury Secretary for his opinion before rushing into any type of judgment of his own.

    Meanwhile, Sarah Palin is talking looney toons to Katie Couric about Putin flying over Alaska and how that makes her ready to deal with foreign affairs.

    If a majority of voters in this country are willing to elect amateurs to lead them into the next century, I hate to say it, but we deserve what we get. Iraq, Katrina, Wall Street. Willingly handing the keys to the White House to McCain/Palin is like planting a time bomb somewhere else in this country. I just hope it's not in my city.

    September 26, 2008 12:52 am at 12:52 am |


    September 26, 2008 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  17. fluke

    And about socialism.

    Who is in bed with china? Ofcourse the republicans, they are selling out america.

    And you idiots call Dems socialists?

    September 26, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  18. MBFLA

    red33, what do you think this bailout is? It's corporate socialism coming to you from Bush, Berneke and Paulson.

    All I can say about Mr McCain is that he forgot any lesson he ever learned from the Keating5 with his "poor judgement". He and Palin are not the people who show leadership. Obama is calm and reasoned.

    September 26, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  19. Ray Fisher

    More voters than ever know that McCain's 100 year war posture has ruined the American economy. The man clearly hasn't a clue just like his brother George. Once any politician gets to the point they lose touch with the bread and butter basics of being an American they are worthless in government. McCain's stance has always been higher than mainstreet America as he appears to act just like the little Hitler he wishes to replace. America doesn't care for this type of elitism and can no longer afford such posture.

    September 26, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  20. thea schlosser /author about fibromyalgia

    cCNN for sure wants a democrat in the white house .
    Wy take sides ?
    You deststroy your name and FOX is on the road being first in cable.
    I like and loved CNN but lost respeckt since the politics began .

    MR King has guts ,he invites whom he wants no matter what.
    MR Kafferty is so democratic and one sidet ,I stoped watching that other wise fantastic ,mr wolf blitzer show .
    Kafferty is a trouble maker and looks like one .

    I can not vote but love America ,I tell you this one sidet cable shows are making America woerse.

    World wide we are looked down too ,CNN was always respeckted world wide ,now we ale loosing that too .

    September 26, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  21. Chloe

    Soup kitchens are next and guess what, McCain will still insist that the economy is "fundamentally sound". What an idiot!

    September 26, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  22. Raymond Duke

    Of course it is the economy right now. But to most americans that shows more than ever with McCain taking the lead why we need him to oversee the country at this time. We need action. What we do not need from a presidential canidate is call me if you need me to vote. What a joke. Now we got the democrats like Pelosi, Durbin, Reid and Obama wanting to add more money to this so called bailout to pay off student loans , car loans, home mortgages and to hand out stimulis checks again. I say let the big companies go under and let the people who took out these loans for houses and etc lose them. They knew they could not afford them in the first place. Let the market work its will. It willtighten the credit market and cleanse the economy. Maybe the democrats should have thought about this when they blocked the attempt by McCain and others to regulate these loans to low income people who should have never been given a loan in the first place but was forced to accomodate these loans due to B.S. red lining because minorities could not afford houses. Thanks to that stupid policy I get to pay for the house that I bought and could afford and some slug that the democrats help put into a 300,000 house they could not afford in the first place. I do not care what your race is. If you cannot afford something, you do not deserve it.

    September 26, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  23. Of course....

    Of course Americans are worried and thinking about the economy...duh! And right about now we want to know how to get out the hole that greedy people have made chaos for us... more people than ever are in forclosure! Morgage companies sold a dream and now it's a nightmare and yes we are looking for someone with a good plan not someone who hides and pretends to have our best interest in mind.'s all so transparent but this is what we have to deal with. other countries are laughing at us!. we need someone who is going to at least on the surface have our backs...and it ain't Mccain-Mcchaos.
    Obama/Biden '08

    September 26, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  24. Pat

    With his erratic, impulsive behavior, McCain has just proved without a doubt that he is completely unfit to become the President of the United States. Not only has he butted into and ruined ongoing negotions about the bailout situation, but he also chose a featherhead for us to depend on for leadership, should something happen to him. My guess is that the RNC is beating their heads against the walls for allowing him to become their candidate.

    September 26, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  25. Make all of the democrates pay the $700 Billion bill

    To all of you democrates who bought houses your couldn't afford or have failed to manage your money properly, blame your leaders. Sen. Barney Franks and the rest of the democratic congress is the reason the US is in this mess. Where are the congressional investigations? Thats right, there are none because the democrates don't want the public to know it was them that caused this mess.

    I like the fact that Obama states "If they need me, they will call me". Well, I am glad to see he is taking the initiative. Don't worry Obama, we don't need and we won't call.

    September 26, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
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