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. Matthew

    I have been a modest supporter of Barack Obama this entire election process, not saying much as I didn't want get ahead of myself. However, I can now say, with some confidence, that Barack Obama is probably going to win this year.

    September 25, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  2. Let's rebuild this country

    For sure, with this economic crisis, the republican extremists, Palin as VP and a heart beat from the presidency, United States of America will become Americanistan in less than 4 years.

    September 25, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  3. A Real Feminist

    This is the worst financial crisis we've experienced since The Big D. Of course, it's the number one issue. And considerimg we could possibly get a Palin/McCain administration, I suggest we all start stocking up on canned goods now.

    September 25, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    It is the economy stupid! John suspended his campagin to go to Washington today to do what? He didn't fully engage in the conversations. He was very limited in his contributions to the crisis. So why is he there? Not to mention, he looked nervous and afraid sitting there. Wow what a joke of a man trying to be this nation's leader. He's better off addressing the American people at the debate because he is of no use there.

    September 25, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  5. TWM

    And Mr. McCain rides into "Dodge City" to bring justice...
    Give me a break
    They've been working for a week on a bipartisan solution THAT suddenly isn't acceptable to the Republicans
    And "Mr. Straight Talk" is going to sacrifice his campaign for the American people.
    I think I may be sick

    September 25, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  6. Joan

    Senator Mc Cain doesn't have moths flying from his wallet when he opens it, like they do from wallets of those who don't have jobs or income to feed their families, and it makes one wonder if he even knows what a gallon of milk costs.

    In my opinion he is very uncomfortable with the word "economy", because he has no conception of how to fix it. Curious to see how he is going to serve his meager economy solutions on a platter to the worried American people?

    In closing, say a prayer for our economy solutions, and a prayer for our military men and women who are taking care of us. God bless.

    September 25, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  7. KofTX

    When Johnny-Come-Lately got to Washington, there was a growing consensus between Democrats and a majority of Republicans.

    Then, when he started meddling, EVERYTHING WENT TO PIECES!


    Obama/Biden '08

    September 25, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  8. Adriana

    We expected it to be that way.Mccain arrived late to the white house meeting as a deal was made and now no deal was made.all John Mccain wants is his name in the bailout so that he can say that he proposed this bailout.he thinks he can fool us.If Mccain cant multitask then how can we expect to do his job as president.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    September 25, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  9. Sacto Joe

    Senator McCain had a chance to be bipartisan. When Senator Obama came to him with an offer to jointly speak to the crisis on Wall Street, Senator McCain could have said, "Great! Let's make a joint announcement!"

    But instead, he left Senator Obama out and did what can only be called the grandstand play of the decade.

    Was he just clueless? Or just ready to do whatever it took to score a political advantage?

    Or was he once again shooting from the hip?

    Whatever the reason, he abandoned this incredible chance to show himself as TRULY bipartisan – and showed himself to be incredibly partisan instead.

    You SO blew it, Senator McCain.

    September 25, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  10. manhandler

    Leave it to CNN to pathetically turn any story into something negative for McCain. It's not working. Gallup has them tied. Voters can see right through the propagandists called the media. These pathetic organizations sould all go to work for Putin, who insists that media in Russia serve no purpose other than to spread his propaganda.

    September 25, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  11. Tom in Delaware

    That's not a problem for the guy whose about to bring an end to the Financial know...John McCain.

    McCain/Palin '08

    September 25, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |



    September 25, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  13. Hillary Independent finally for Obama

    It is TIME to let women of America take over!

    Get rid of all the balding, dark-suited, beer-bellied, bulbous nosed old farts in them out of town...........

    Bring on the women of America, those who knit our democracy together, those who take care of our families and keep our households going no matter what!

    It is time for the women of America to go to Washington and get our economy back!

    September 25, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  14. Carlisle Barracks, PA servicemember

    America, wake up. The economy was vibrant and successful under Bill Clinton, it got sick and is dying under GWB, McCain will bring 4 more years of the same tired and fear-laden politics. Sen Obama has clearly shown where he would reduce taxes for those earning under 200K and I feel secure in saying that that is the majority of Americans today. If you're willing to do the research you will discover the advantages of voting for Obama

    Obama 08

    September 25, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  15. Steve Crutchfield

    WE cannot bail out these companies. The market will take care of itself.

    September 25, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  16. All fired up

    What a joke? McCain looks pathetic trying to use the financial crisis to his benefit. I always believed that after the 2000 election, he has joined the fake and phony club of USA, today's event just confirmed it.

    He is not fit to lead this country especially after today. What a disgrace? Such a blatant liar. He looks like a liar on TV, he speaks like a liar on TV, and I think he is a liar. For him country is not first, he is first.

    September 25, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  17. Make Barack O'Present Vote on the Bailout Bill!

    McCain is forcing Barack O'Present to vote on guess what folks – the biggest economic bill to hit Congress.

    And guess what Barack O'Present would rather not make a decision, talk about foreign policy and continue to ride on this unfounded perception that his advisors (oops I mean Barack O'Present) would handle the economy better? Spare me.

    Well, guess what, it's real simple vote yes or no on the bailout bill Barack O'Present. We don't need to hear your scripted speeches and tired talk points in lieu of the debate while McCain is actually (here's a concept) DOING SOMETHING TO FIX THE ECONOMY.

    Join the McCain/Palin campaign in forcing Barack O'Present to vote yes or no on the bailout bill.

    September 25, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  18. Eric-29-m-PA

    The question is why do people feel that Democrats would be any better handling the economy than Republicans? John McCain, afterall, pointed out in 2005 there would be a problem with Fanny and Freddie, yet the DEMOCRATS pushed it aside.

    September 25, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  19. Scott in AZ.

    What a crock that republican White House stunt was today....Republican desperation...Now back to saving the country.

    September 25, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  20. Wayne in CA

    "..i don't know that much about the economy.."

    September 25, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  21. rob

    The is no Iraq without a good economy. If Bill Clinton had not built a strong economy, we would have been in an even worse position than we are in right. Bush and McCain would not have had anything to spend for their war mongering policies. Economy more than ever before and go ...

    Barack/Biden 08 n 12

    September 25, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  22. Hercules Mulligan

    Wishful thinking 43/43% draw/ Don't push that hard Leftists

    September 25, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  23. philip

    I am sorry... how can anyone have the slightest bit of confidence in the judgment a man who selects Gov Palin as his running mate? Has anyone listened to this woman in the (what) three interviews that they have granted? Give me a break... this is a disgrace and an insult to the intelligence of the American people. I have always been a proud American but with the likes of this horse and pony show I am saddened and disgusted and offended by Mr. McCain and have no confidence in his abilities to lead.

    September 25, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  24. Jason from MO

    The economy usually is the most important issue every general election. And now with the Wall Street bailout crisis, it is even more just 6 weeks from the election. What does this mean? Obama will win hands down. To Democrats: enjoy and savor your candidate's victory in Nov., and in an odd sort of way consider yourselves fortunate that the economic crisis is happening right now, since obviously Obama is overwhemingly considered stronger on the economy than McCain. To Republicans: or rather all the rednecks who during the primaries wouldn't vote for the strongest candidate on the economy, Mitt Romney, simply because he was a Mormon, you deserve 4 years of Obama/Biden. Thanks a lot, this is what we get becaue of your religious bigotry. Romney for Prez 2012

    September 25, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  25. Martha Hussein Baker for Barack

    If anyone thinks for one second that John McCain has their best interests at heart they are sadly mistaken. He owns how many houses and cars? Cindy sports outfits that cost more than the average person makes in a month or two. He's business as usual and as crooked as they come.

    For change we can believe in.


    September 25, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
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