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. Betsy

    Yea, the 6 in 10 asked by the poll were CNN moderators, so what do you expect. Get real.

    September 26, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  2. H-E-L-L-O

    Anyone with half a brain could see this ploy of McCain. His reactions are not what I called characters of leadership. He is off the hook within minutes without thinking-–or having a reasonable plan.

    Then there's the V.P please keep her away from the press she does not make any sense, she repeats the same answers for most questions. THIS IS REALLY SCARY!!!!

    America Unite Vote Dems 08'

    September 26, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  3. OldSaltySailor

    Just mailed my absentee ballot.....At least I'll negate one of you liberals votes McCain/Palin 2008!! Obama is NOT the one.

    September 26, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  4. Margaret

    OMG – the last two comments are so funny. It IS the economy – but oh boy, I would love to have the 8 years previous to George W. Bush's reign back – and let's see, that was a Democrat in charge, wasn't it. So much for making generalities about parties. And if I read one more whining Republican talking about taxes – give me a break. What – we haven't been paying taxes for the last 8 years? And the 8 years before that (Democrat)? Who the flip is going to pay for things? I think half the people voting Republican vote that way on a feeling that they will pay lower taxes (which of course they don't – unless they are very rich) and of course the Republican Party is not going to dissuade that idea because it helps their elitist, militarist and socially right party goals. I am personally sick to death of these fables. The happenings of the last month (with regard to the financial crisis) prove that we need a change. That would be Obama. I am truly unnerved by McCain.

    September 26, 2008 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  5. PUMA

    The Clinton News Network strikes again! They forget to mention that the latest polls – WHICH ACTUALLY POLL CELLPHONE USERS AS WELL – show a statistical tie for Obama and McCain, 46 to 46 each. And yet, they want to say McCain has bad news.

    Obama told America to call him if they needed his help. McCain did not wait to be "asked", he just went to serve his country instead of serving himself and his campaign, as Obama is selfishly doing. I am ashamed of any American's who are sticking up for Obama right now, he clearly did the wrong thing.

    Vote McCain 2008

    September 26, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  6. Oliva

    You couldn't have made this stuff up if you'd tried. We've stooped to an all-time low.


    September 26, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  7. suzyku

    McCain is more interested in photo ops and pretending he actually understands the economic situation and trying to change the subject and avoid the issues then he is in "country first". He continues to play games and tricks at our expense! His judgment is NO JUDGMENT, he chooses that right wing religious ignorant Palin for a runningmate knowing that his age and health history could leave her in charge of this country if, God forbid, he was elected! He has sold his integrity and his honesty to the highest bidder, in this case Karl Rove and Steve Schmidt and all of the lobbyists that run his nasty campaign! We cannot elect him, we cannot take a chance of Sara Palin running this country further into the ground. He has found someone seemingly more stupid than George Bush! Unbelievable.

    September 26, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  8. mmd

    something seems too cozy about mccain and larry crag, oh, i m sorry i meant to joe liberman.
    joe seems too excited to see john.

    say it aint so joe.

    September 26, 2008 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  9. Juan Espinoza

    Remember when we debated about patriotism and what that meant? For some was the going to war without questions to the decider of this awful and wrong war on the wrong people.
    For others is the right to dissent against wrong policies and to question for accountability and transparencies...

    Well... now we have an opportunity to show our true patriotism. Do we keep supporting a party and his candidate who have failed us for so many years in so many ways, or do we look to the future of the country and support that candidate and that party that seems to have the confidence to clean this mess and help us move forward?

    You know whom I'm talking about... so are you a real patriot or will be going back to your party ideology that blinds your capacity of seeing what is good for our country?

    Vote with your brains and be a patriot!


    September 26, 2008 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  10. eric

    The Dems ruined the economy with their fannie may sub prime loan debacle and now their mad about McCain possibley skipping the debate. Wasn't it Barack Obama who turned down Mccains invitation to do town hall meeting. The Dems are the biggest hypocrites!!

    September 26, 2008 01:18 am at 1:18 am |

    Well from a mid -size town and for what Mc Cain has pulled running from the Debate and trying to play superman-i along with about a 180 people at my home will not be voteing for this man.Can you see what he would do when or if he was PRES-we would be on our own.Thats Scarey -and leave his VP behind to kill the Moose.I have a very close Friend who is from her town and story has it -she got her job there because no one else wanted it-nice.I said there will be no votes here.

    September 26, 2008 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  12. mike

    These are two guys. one has 1 house and will be really scared to loose that 1 house and do everything to keep it.
    The other has 8 houses he wont loose sleep if he lost 5 out of the 8 cos he wont be homeless yet.
    Who would you rather vote for?
    Food for thought America!!

    September 26, 2008 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  13. Charles from Maryland

    All I know is that when the Democrats were in the White House back in the good ole days of the 1990s the economy and everything else was fine.... Since the Republicans have been in for the past eight years....Americans have lost value in their homes, foreclosures are threatening the very fabric of our economic struture... Americans pay checks have shrunk and are not going very far....Banks, investment firms and companies have gone belly up.... American jobs have gone overseas.... Unemployment has increased at an alarming rate.... Airlines can't fly without merging and charging you for everything.... food prices and energy prices are going through the roof....We still have not caught Osama Bin Ladin....We are fighting two wars and have soldiers completely around the world....We are facing a Trillion Dollar deficit of which we don't know how it will get paid....College!! Who said anything about College!! Has the sky fallen yet? Man wake me up from this bad dream and get the Dems back in the White House!! Before its too late!

    September 26, 2008 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  14. Carla

    This will be a new era and Mcain and the republicans know it. They know it is over, that's why they are stalling and throwing out distractions. America let;s do the right thing and elect the best man for the job. Americans are not stupid, we see right through what they are trying to do. Choosing Mrs. Palin was a ploy to get the women voters that are pissed off about Hillary Clinton, 0nto their side. We as women are smarter than that. Just like a popular ad for a television show, it is time for a new kind of family. Lets get to the real issues, this economy/ these gas prices, our homes, health care for all americans. Sure I believe our troops have done well in Iraq, but it is enough already. No more casualties. Send them home to their families. I feel sorry for the people of Iraq, but how come nobody focuses on the people of Haiti? Is it somehow that we should not help them?

    September 26, 2008 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  15. J Denton

    If McCain gets in ... will the last person to leave the country please turn out the lights!

    September 26, 2008 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  16. god bless america

    will america let race interfer with making the right decision?

    September 26, 2008 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  17. EA - Oregon

    Fellow Americans! Vote & Vote smart!

    OBAMA shows more sense of concern & principle of strong leadership…

    Mccain is a big JOKE!
    A TOTAL FLIP FLOP on economy issues,
    MOCKING UP ON BAILOUT Plan in which he does not even have a position in the negotiation –

    September 26, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  18. AD

    I am really wondering how John McCain can, so decisively, make an abrupt about face on all his principles he claimed to stand for during his years in the senate by now favoring greater regulation...

    Then I remember this is an election and John McCain will say anything and do anything to win the presidency to top off his career.

    I think he made a better POW. If he really meant business he might suggest showing some of those corporate crooks the inside of a small 8×10 cell. Unfortunately they make up his advisors and will likely be rewarded with cabinet positions.

    September 26, 2008 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  19. Raymond Duke

    I love all you liberals whining about McCain putting the country first. Reference the debates. I seem to recall that McCain asked Obama to debate him in 10 townhall meetings and Obama refused. Hillary Clinton took him to the clearners but he knew he had the fix in with Reid , Pelosi , screaming Dean and the democrat leadership. He had to agree to some debates so he narrowed in down to four were news pundits from the press would ask the questions. He was afraid to take on the townhall debates because there you would have to answer questions from regular americans. I wonder why he was so scared to face regular americans questions. Could it be that the liberal media could not give him an advance copy of the questions and they could not cover for him when he screwed up as he usually does without his prompter. See when a regular american citizen ask you a question , they want a real answer and they do not let you off the hook without one.

    September 26, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  20. mike

    Mark ...i dont know what planet you are living in or what country you are in. 5 thousand jobs were lost in GA yesterday and more plants are still closing and you blaming Obama on this?or the DEMS on this? its two ways you either ignorant or plain stupid to see the truth.

    Whoever thinks mcacin understand national security must be in a coma in the last two yrs. McCain doesnt know the difference between mexico and Spain. Pakistan border and iranian border. What is secure if you put a moron like that in charge of red button. Fire ...aim....ready...Confused soul

    September 26, 2008 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  21. Kizzy

    McCain has made things worse, he has politicized the whole bail out. WAMU is the latest bank to go down, whose next? THis is not a time for saving your campaign McPain.

    September 26, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  22. MS

    To Evelyn:

    Internet straw polls have zero reliability as the same user can go on a different computer and vote for the same person. Also, a lot of it depends on people with different political views go to AOL.

    Regardless...just listening to people's ideas. McCain is in it deep and a lot of people are seeing through his political stunts.

    September 26, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  23. Phil

    If you vote for McCain and the crazy Alaskan whose priest believes in witchcraft, then you are a COMPLETELY IGNORANT MORON. Please do not reproduce. People who vote Republican are either really loaded or REALLY STUPID. Why do you want to ruin this country even more than Bush already has?

    September 26, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  24. yen

    Who is going to lose sleep over the Iraq war or any war for that matter. When people are losing their jobs and can't pay their mortages and aren't sure of what will happen to their retirement, who is going to vote for McCain? It is under the watch of Bush/McCain that all this mess is happening. They should have watched the station better. And What is more McCain side sends out tooooo many mean and twished Ads about his opponent. It he has good plans to turn the economy around let him tell them over and over again.

    September 26, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  25. stew

    McCain ask the president for a meeting to find out whats going on!
    after you find out, then you can talk to the press and the country!

    McCain or Obama will be president with the effects of this bailout.
    If they do nothing,now, then congress will be blamed for the next four years

    A debate will not solve this problem.

    September 26, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
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