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. Brian

    I am 39 years old and will be able to collect full social security at 69, I might not make it to that age so why not just raise the social security age again and raid the fund to pay for this, then it would only fall on the hard working men and women as usual!!!

    September 26, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  2. Jaded

    I don't think either one of them is strong on economy. Obama has no experience when it comes to economy and McCain has experience in ruining whats left of this country. Take your pick. May be its time for a third party or may be people in this country need to open up their eyes and vote for someone who IS is leader and not just a show off. lets not forget " WE THE PEOPLE" put "W" in office for 8 years.. 55 Millions votes in 2004. how about we blame those 55 M for the crisis we are in, are they willing to accept it.

    September 26, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  3. Kerry

    I feel sorry for our grandchildren. They'll never know what the United States once was. The mighty have fallen.

    September 26, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  4. Kevin

    If he can suspend his campaign can he suspend the economy?
    If he can suspend the economy can he suspend the polls?
    Maybe he should suspend Sarah Palin ... in Central Park.

    September 26, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  5. Another Republican for Obama (this year)

    McCain is a McCoward.

    This is nothing more than a political ploy. He hasn't a clue what he is doing, so he makes up this McDrama and suddenly wants to sweep back into Washington, take credit for other people's work on the bail-out bill, and try and convince voters that that he knows more than an average fourth grader about the economy.

    If you fall for his BS and shallow, obvious political tactics on this situation, the to be perfectly honest you deserve to have your tax money taken away and given to rich people like me, and deserve to have your kids and grandkids paying for this ridiculous situation Bush and the Republicans like McCain have gotten us in to.

    September 26, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  6. JANE

    I think it's too late. 8 yeas has taken it's toll.

    September 26, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  7. Barney

    Again the censoring of Americans by CNN

    Maverick – unpredictable, uncontrollable, reckless

    September 26, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  8. George W NoMcainPalin

    No Mcpain
    No Failin


    September 26, 2008 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  9. Julie Leindecker

    It seems obvious that the Republicans will hold out until after tomorrow night so McCain can avoid the debate. He then will claim he and Obama should debate next week instead of the VP candidates. This takes Palin out of the public eye again so they don't have to worry about her total ignorance about any policy, whether its economic or foreign. The thought of this woman being a heartbeat away from the Presidency scares the hell out of me. Sarah dear, to put it in terms you'll understand, Obama is a "good guy, " McCain is a "bad guy." Anyone who takes advantage of a dire situation such as the bailout of corporate America to create a photo op for himself, is disgusting. Fact is, if it weren't for he and the other "bad guys," we wouldn't be facing the crisis they've created.

    September 26, 2008 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  10. San Diego

    Main Street USA is waking up to the fact that the GOP is serving up Moose-turd Pie this year. It's already crystal clear that the Republican ticket is unviable, even before the debates.

    September 26, 2008 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  11. Ben Onceday

    The polls are tied as of today, CNN; so, how is it so bad for McCain? I think we should start calling CNN, Fox News Left (or does MSNBC already have that designation?)

    September 26, 2008 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  12. Robert in CT

    McCain, why did you turn the economic rescue talks into a political circus? I thought you put "country first," but I guess you see photo ops for your election as more important.


    September 26, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  13. Leah


    September 26, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  14. gt/kentucky

    Obama nailed it when he said "a president should be able to deal with more than one major issue at a time"!

    Let's hear the debates! I really think that American's are finally seeing McCain & Palin for what they are........out of touch, unqualified and down right scarry! Obama, you have won my vote!!

    September 26, 2008 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  15. Whats left in your wallet?

    Manchurian Candidate, John McCain doesnt have a clue.

    September 26, 2008 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  16. Knowledge is Power

    Please people find out what the real situations is and leave the posturing alone. Do your research...find out what are Mortgage Backed Securities, Collateralized Debt Obligations, and Traunches. Please educate yourself and then if you listen to the hearing with Paulson and Bernanke to understand the situation. Then make a judgement. are not getting the full story. If you don't understand what is going on, Please stay out of the discussion.

    September 26, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  17. ronaldb62

    we witnessed the implosion of the McCain-Palin ticket yesterday!

    September 26, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  18. Fran Says

    What's that slogan?? Cronies First? Uhh . . .oh yeah . . . Country First!

    Who's actually buying that line now? Probably the same folks that are trying to sell this bogus buyout!


    September 26, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  19. Barney

    To You've got to be Kidding – Why would Obama give all his plans now? McCain would just steal the ideas and swear on a stack of bibles they are his. McCain has no honor. He's a liar. He's a desperate old fool.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 26, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  20. Joanne Harris

    I think John McCain is a Dramaholic He is t oo erratic and I think that Sara Palin is his Tokyo Rose. He just does what ever to get attention. I love Obama thank God we have him!!!! Biden is the perfect choice. They are mature dependable and I have complete confidence and pray they will win.


    September 26, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  21. What ever

    I wish it's November 4th already today so we can get this election over with and go on to some other important issue.

    September 26, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  22. Gilbert

    McBush can't even agree with his boss and his own party how in the world does anyone think that he can do anything as President? We need a leader who can reach out to others without a threat, wouldn't that be unique!! I want to see if John is willing to debate or if he is so unsettled over the financial crisis that he is unable to multi-task. Be careful, he is very cagey and dishonest. Go OBAMA/BIDEN

    September 26, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  23. Waching from singapore

    McLoser has lost his mind totaly...come on people dont u see wats he is up to...i am surprised to see america has such loser candidates for president....


    September 26, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  24. JEFF

    The Republicans have no one left to blame. It's squarely on their shoulders. What a mess they have become.

    OBAMA for change.

    September 26, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  25. Ryan

    I'm so sick of McCain and his antics...His campaign is run by bunch of corrupt incompetent bufoons and to top it all of he goes and picks the biggest idiot on the political scene for a VP. I heard Palin speak with Katie Couric and it's just embarrasing to listen to her speak and answer questions. She can barely put a cohorent sentence together that makes sense. What the hell has happened to this country??????

    September 26, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
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