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
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  1. Elizabeth

    Okay....Why was McBush at the meeting today? He sat at the table and didn't open his mouth until Obama called him out. When he finally did speak, even the rublicans had no clue what position he was taking on the bailout.

    September 26, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  2. Democrat for Big Mac

    Country First...............thats what McCain had done and is doing.

    "ME FIRST".......let me get a higher office position by teleprompter laiden speeches..Obama.....I vote "PRESENT" yet again

    September 26, 2008 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  3. willowood

    Somehow I have missed the mark that seems so clear to every Republican around. John McCain suspends his campaign, while campaigning. He lies to David Letterman who offers him a much larger audience than Katie Couric, and tells him he is suspending his campaign while campaigning. He travels to Washington where a deal has been tentatively struck, and somehow convinces Republican House Representatives the deal is bogus. He says he will not debate due to the crisis unless a deal has been signed, but now decides to go to the debate with no deal signed. He puts a woman on the ticket to entice women, but we find she is an empress with no clothes. What am I missing here that says any Republican would vote for this 'shoot from the hip' pretender. Will the real Americans stand up and tell me why Senator Obama is not a good choice, given his ability to be cool, composed, and deliberative under extreme pressure from this cuckoo's nest? And where is the real investigative press when we need to know the last time John McCain screwed the public in the Savings and Loan debacle. Hello, this is real and imminent disater lurking. Drag out those Keating 5 documents and give us the information needed to put this pretender back in Arizona with his 9 homes, 13 cars, and trophy wife.

    September 26, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  4. KC

    I'm just sick. I am a long time Republican (and yes a Woman). I have never been so emberessed in my life. I just can't take it anymore.
    And You've Got To Be Kidding!
    The answer is at least Obama has something to say! Maybe if you listen and stop listening to Rush YOU might have a clue. Go back to your cubicle (that won't be there much longer) and just do your work.

    September 26, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  5. bob

    The AOL straw poll is not a scientific controlled poll.

    Apparently the majority of people on AOL are republicans based on that poll.

    September 26, 2008 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  6. irony

    From each side of the mouth of Mcsame just this week: (1) Sunday=we should deregulate health insurance like we did the banks (2) Monday= the fundamentals of the economy are strong. (3)Later Monday: by fundamentals I mean the workers are strong. (4)Tuesday= we are in a financial crisis because of the greed of a few bad apples.(5) Later Tueasday= we need a commission like the 9/11 commission to investigate what happened and find out what went wrong.(6)Even later Tuesday=we don't need additional oversight and regulation that is the problem. (7) Wednesday=Its the SEC chairman's fault and I would fire him.(8) Later Wednesday=we can not act rashly so I wouldn't fire the SEC chairman or rush to a judgment about who is at fault. (9) Thursday=we are in the worst financial crisis since world war two and we need to act cautiously.(10) We need to regulate Wall Street (11) Later Thursday= I am not sure if I am for Paulson's plan because I have not read the two page proposal.(12) Even later Thursday=we must suspend the presidential debate and cancel the VP debate. Mccain is irrational! He doesn't know what he is for or against just that he wants to be president and he will say anything and everything to get elected. We don't need or want a President who is risky, irrational and has lost his way philosophically.

    September 26, 2008 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  7. country before ego

    so he is angry couse mc cain is not going to the debate mmmmmm let me see mi wife is probably not going have a job tommorrow wamu just tanked this is all going to hell and do you really think i want to see two men debate about what really is this going to help me and god knows how many other americans
    how about mister obama puts his ego in his pocket and gets to work ooooo i know he still has a job to bad for the ones who dont or are about to lose thiers wake up people we need help nowwwww

    September 26, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  8. alex

    people WAKE UP and realize that both major parties have ruined this(ok republicans much more) vote LIBERTARIAN BOB BARR 2008!

    September 26, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  9. I Just Said Thanks, but No Thanks to Another 4 Years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    Mark: Where have you been for the last eight years, while your party led by Bush/Cheney/McCain/Graham/Rove/ and the rest of the "Deregulation, Stick to the Consumer Crowd" messed up our economy and foreign policy.

    All you can scream is "socialism". Well corporate socialism hasn't worked to well, either.

    mcCain and the house republicans: "Me First"

    September 26, 2008 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  10. Dea Baldwin

    oh please Mark get a grip how can you really stand in it knee deep and still deny it?

    September 26, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  11. D.L.

    The chickens are coming home to roost, and the Republicans in general and John McCain in particular will pay the price for the sorry state of affairs in Washington.

    McCain had no substantive input in the White House meeting, so it was just a photo-op for him. The man is clueless over an economic fix.

    I look forward anxiously to the debate when Barack Obama will show America the kind of poor leadership quality the Republicans tout so much in McCain.

    September 26, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  12. Repubs at it again!!!!!!

    Who can you trust? Obama for real change!!!!

    Obama is not promoting socialism he is promoting fairism!!!

    September 26, 2008 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  13. Ryan, Florida

    It's the Economy, STUPID!

    September 26, 2008 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  14. MCINDY

    McCain should suspend his campaign till Nov.5. He can stay in DC with his step son GWB. Together they can hold hands and watch the democrates clean up the curruption they have left behind. Odds are we will never know the true crimes that have been commited here.

    September 26, 2008 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  15. Phil

    I know 6th graders who are more qualified to be VP than Sarah (I can see Russia) Palin. We have already had one complete dumba_ _ in the White House for 8 yrs. Now we need 4 more with her? I give up if Obama doesn't win.

    September 26, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  16. independent4obama

    Iraq is the issue Mccain is strongest on? thats scary considering he's been relatively mum on voicing policy ideas on this since he's been running– probably b/c he knows that actually voicing that he wants our troops over there indefinitely is unpopular...Ive heard more about him being a prisoner of war than his ability to be a commander and chief of one...

    September 26, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  17. Kirk

    Let's be frank. Everyone knows McCain is desperate. Everyone knows why McCain is desperate. All you McCain supporters know dam well your candidate is pullin a fast one. And let me go a step further.....If Obama was white this wouldn't even be close. I can't believe you rather your country continue down the same path as the last eight years, then to vote for a black man. You convinced yourself that McCain would change the way things are now. You really believe that! You keep telling yourself over and over that he will change things and you know deep down he won't. But you keep telling yourself that because you just can't get over the fact that the better man for the job just happens to be black. And then when someone calls you out on it you say"well just because I don't vote for him doesn't mean I'm a racist"! Sure you are. Most of you love black sports players, singers, can handle that, but elect a black man for president??????? Just can't handle that huh? My god, don't you want to keep your house, your job, your car, have more money in your pocket, better healthcare, education,etc??????? I say maybe 25% of your McCain supporter honestly think he can do a better job (but you have money) People with money will support McCain, but the rest of you 75% supporters just can't handle the fact the better candidate just happens to be black. So you say things like,"I don't know him", he'll raise our taxes",etc. You'll come up with any excuse not to vote for him. Haven't you fools learned from your past.....YOU CAN'T STOP CHANGE! And when you lose your house I'll bet you'll still be satisfied that you voted for the wrong man. Sad.

    September 26, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  18. jljaguir

    Mississippi you are a RED state! Go Blue and maybe McCain will think you count. He only cares about the battleground states right?

    September 26, 2008 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  19. Donna C, Orlando, FL

    McCain is doing the right thing trying to help & solve this issue which Obama could do 2 & prove that you are willing to do it for our Country. Is that's what McCain & Palin is running this election. He is putting our country 1st & I don't think Obama is really trying to do the same. All he care about is the election & the debate the he can't answer real hard answers & he claim that McCain cant' do or handle more than 1 thing. McCain can handle more than 1 thing, he wants this issue solve before anybody wins the election. Oh let me rephrase that, I meant McCain & Palin win the election it will be 1 problem less. I'm with McCain & he knows that these issue must be solve other wise more & more people will be scam in home owner ins & other scam that is happening around this beautiful country.

    I will still vote for McCain & Palin not matter what. As long as they get this issue solve for our country.

    McCain/Palin '08

    September 26, 2008 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  20. D.L.

    How about socialism for the wealthy, red33? Isn't the proposed Federal government bailout tantamount to socialism for those overpaid and greedy captains of industry who are leading this country down the tubes?

    Any bailout must, as the Democrats insist, include, in addition to oversight and protection of the man-in-the-street, executive compensation reform. Better still, they should be fired with no golden parachute. Isn't that the American way of doing things?

    September 26, 2008 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  21. Jesiah Morgan

    Why are the democrats getting involved in this.. make the republicans clean their mess alone.

    September 26, 2008 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  22. Pat from Cali

    McCain admits he does not know much about the economy.

    Take the man at his word. He rushed to DC to get out of the debate. And Palin did so poorly in her latest interview with Katie Couric until he needed an emergency to distract the voters.

    The debates will be even more revealing about both of them.

    September 26, 2008 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  23. Sarkar

    Republican scare tactics are not working. It's a shame that this party, that was once a great one, are sending propaganda CDs to the voters in the battleground states. Lower than the lowest. This party is playing third world dirty politics in America.

    September 26, 2008 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  24. Jeremy Horne, Ph.D.

    "One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly."

    Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

    September 26, 2008 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  25. Jenebelle Houck Zappa

    Is Palin really going to be McCain "white buffalo" to save his
    presidental run? So far its hasn't proven to be any more successful than the one in born in Wisconsin that the Indians took for a symbol for bigger and better things for their tribes.
    Hudson Wi

    September 26, 2008 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
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