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. Derell

    McCain knows that the prevailing debate topic tomorrow is going to be the economy. There may be a bit of foreign relations covered, but the majority of the discussion will be about our economy. He knows that he will not be able to win this debate with the economy as the main topic. Even if I were not an Obama supporter, I would not vote for a Presidential candidate that cannot effectively multitask.

    Obama/Biden 2008!

    September 25, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  2. aj4mccain

    Of course it's the last month it was drilling and prior to that the war in Iraq. Polls are only as good as "now" and election day is not today so hold onto your's gonna be a wild ride!

    September 25, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  3. Just Human

    This is all getting boring! Lets move the election up to Oct 7th and put Obama in there NOW to stop the maddness from continuing! (If McCain can postpone the debates, Obama can move up the election!)

    September 25, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  4. Trina in New Mexico

    Goodness ... he is SUCH a politician! Maverick ... could be at times but ... his latest antics are just slimy.

    September 25, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  5. Matt

    Reality Check: McCain and his campaign have been watching too much TV. The script for this avoid-the-debate, steal-the-show scam reads like a West Wing episode...his entire campaign even. What McCain fails to realize is that he's the one who looks like the bad guy played by guest star who, everyone knows, has a limited number of episodes until he's gone.

    September 25, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  6. Obama stutters when he lies

    How is this bad news for McCain?

    Since this economic collapse McCain polls have risen and Obama's have declined.

    If it shows anything McCains decision to suspend campaigning until this crisis situation is stabilized \with protective measures in place to ensure the American tax payers are not going to have to foot this bailout for free shows real leadership.

    I may be a registered Democrat but it is my responsability as an American citizen to vote for the best candidate to pick this country up and back on our feet.

    Thank you John McCain for taking a leadership role and as Lou Dobbs on CNN just exclaimed pull the thumbs out of these Democrat congressmen and womens' mouths and get something going NOW!

    September 25, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  7. Patty, CA

    The current state of the economy, and making sure it doesn't happen again is the most important thing in this country right now.....and McCain, by his own admission, is lost on that issue.....he should bow out now and concede the job to Obama...wouldn't that be sweet 🙂

    September 25, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  8. aware

    Obama will raise taxes on the very people who would advance the economy! He will kill America! And, if you vote for the equivocating, Obama who waits for the party to tell him what to do guy, he will kill the economy wih his tax plan and his reducing the military plan.

    Then a bankrupt, weak America will be ready for the socialism/fascism agenda that is behind all this disingenuousness!! 🙁

    McCain/Palin 08! They are authentic, country first reformers! 🙂

    September 25, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  9. Manuel, Chicago

    CNN-every article on the Ticker is slanted towards Obama-–you really are no longer trustworthy as an independent news source.

    Personally I'm not impressed with any of the candidates so I have no real ax to grind. In fact I think it's sad that these 4 candidates are the best America has to offer. It can't possibly be true.

    Hopefully someone really intelligent will show up in 2012.

    September 25, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  10. MikeH

    'Cut and Run' McCain has no new ideas about what to do on the economy that he didn't steal from Obama.

    All of 'Cut and Run' McCain's old ideas are what got the economy into the mess it is in.

    'Cut and Run' McCain doesn't really care what it's like to struggle day-to-day with making economic ends meet like the average Joe, he has nin houses and god-knows how many cars plus a jet.

    'Cut and Run McCain cut and ran because he and his Campaign manager were caught in a bald-faced lie about receiving secret $15K payments from Fannie Mae up until August.

    September 25, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  11. Jonathan Walsman

    CNN, I know you keep trying so hard to paint this election in Obama's favor...keep trying and you and the people that buy into your partisan politics will be very disappointed in Nov.

    September 25, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  12. Tony, Los Angeles

    "In what could be a bad sign for John McCain..." +++++ excellent reporting. Possible news. Potential news. Maybe news. Or maybe not news. I could possibly get something from your article, Mr. Mooney, but probably not.

    September 25, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  13. Lynette

    McCain and the republicans are staking on the bail-out for political gains, buy hey stall, afterall it's the rich who benefit the most from this proposal, let it fail.

    September 25, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  14. Tejano

    If there needs to be a sense of urgency, why aren't you working with both political parties to come to an understanding on the bailout bill.
    Never mind I already know why? You don't have a clue as to how it should be done because you have never done it. No experience,
    No clue , No presidency, Wake up America.
    McCain may not be the best loved candidate, but he is the Best
    candidate we have. Failure is not an option nor is surrender to our enemies at home and abroad.

    September 25, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  15. economy dwn the toilet

    how come Bush cant get things done, there was a deal on the table all he had to do is get he's side to go with it and him and mccain couldn't do that what sort of leadership is that I feel like a fool for voting for this fool. I want to vote 4 mccain but he needs to stop with the gimiks

    September 25, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  16. Mike Mundy, Houston, TX

    Give it time CNN. You never give up do you? Always forecasting doom and gloom for McCain.

    And you think Americans are that stupid.

    Is Campbell Brown behind this?

    September 25, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  17. Rodger

    "I caused this problem by de-regulation, let me make solving worse by injecting myself into the mix of delaying it from getting resolve, besides I'm afraid to debate Obama"
    I approve this message,
    John McCain

    September 25, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  18. Daniel, Loganville. Ga.

    I am so sick of this political circus.

    September 25, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  19. maurice

    i think that national security and economy are at the same level w/o each there is neither.

    September 25, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  20. Brad

    The economic policys J Mac has subscribed to for the last 26 years are the reason the economy is now tanking – no wonder he's down in the polls

    September 25, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  21. Cynthia - Arkansas

    I have been saying for the last couple of years that this country was on the edge of a cliff. I guess the timing was a little off for Bush. I think he thought he would be gone before it all fell apart.

    McCain has shown this week that he is totally out of his league. He doesn't have a clue what's going on. All he has are knee jerk reactions, blame, distortions. It's really sad to witness.

    I have been so proud of Obama. He has been calm and resolute through this whole mess. He wants to make sure it's done right, which is what a true leader does. We are putting the future for our children and grandchildren on the line with this kind of debt. We have to make sure it doesn't go to the same greedy CEO's who got us in the mess in the first place. I don't trust the Republicans any farther than I can throw them to put "country first". What a joke.

    September 25, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  22. abina

    I Just want to say to Sen.Mc Cain that, USA is not a casino. Every on still believing in this man does not understand the situation. I hope we are still a nation.If realy the country come first, don't elect that man.

    September 25, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  23. Obamacan

    John, John, has become a sad old man. sold his soul. down in the polls. everything is in the dumps. all he can do is continue to run his dishonorable campaign and continue to campaign on the
    "No Talk Express"

    September 25, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  24. My Common Sense Actually Works

    As expected!

    September 25, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  25. Christine

    Oh, I see, bad sign for McCain? Obama has lost six points in the Gallup poll since Saturday, and today's Zogby poll has McCain ahead nationally by 2 points.
    You might as well post this CNN, because it is reality.

    September 25, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
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