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. concerned

    Regardless of what the polls say Obama has still not gained much ground on winning over the Hilary voters. Someone has to say it so i'm going to do it. It's hard to vote for Obama knowing that if african americans didn't blindly vote for him he wouldn't be up for election.

    September 25, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  2. Shock, Shock

    You McCain supporters are on life support now. Let it go.

    September 25, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  3. Peter

    Should've picked Romney.

    September 25, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  4. Sid from U-City

    John McCain has experience in the old school style of politics. However it is the old school way of thinking that has gotten our country into serious trouble. He made a error in suspending his fight for the White House. It is like a kid who is losing the fight and cries time-out. McCain does not know economics which he himself admitted. Obama has a superior education compared to McCain. We must vote for Obama if we are to save our country. Abortion, Gay Rights, The war mean nothing if we don't turn this around.

    September 25, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  5. Martha E Ray

    I just watched Lou Dobbs regarding the "Bail Out". Lou Dobbs has finally said it. The Administration, our House and Senate act as if the American people are stupid, that we cant figure out or that we dont understand how this debacle happened. People made millions off the backs of the American taxpayer, now they are in a crises, because their investors are losing money – make the people that created this mess clean it up. Not one American would be bailed out if the tables were turned. WE (the American people that live out in the REAL world) are having trouble buying groceries and getting gasoline to go to work and yet we are to bail out the financial giants – when they have made fortunes off sub prime (what a joke) loans? A piece of the American Pie? They didn;t get a piece – they were duped into paying double digit interest with a promise to refinance in 5 years, well its 5 years. My subdivision has 10 foreclosure – currently. Thats after 4 have been bought – all the house were sold at outrageous prices, NO WAY would anyone be able to get out from under that note – but, the mortgage companies are being made whole....something wrong with that picture? The only people getting loans that are reasonable are people with " stellar credit" where does that leave the regular Joe, killing himself just for his mortgage. WE GET IT. AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO STAND FOR IT!!!! For once, make the people that made this mess = CLEAN IT UP.

    September 25, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  6. Jorge

    This campaign looks more and more like a family being ruled by a recalcitrant mentally unstable child. Even if McCain's behavior is on a medical basis, it's time for the adults to take control and stop letting the dysfunctional child jerk them around.. That includes the main stream media and the presidential debate commission.. Obama has made a good start by behaving in a civilized manner in accepting Bush's invitation to today's meeting and by standing firm in his determination to go on to Oxford tomorrow. Let's hope he sticks by it and doesn't let McCain's grandstanding and apparent sabotage of today's meeting derail the debate. McCain's behavior today reminded me of a child who gets the other kids fighting and then just sits back smiling and watching the show.

    September 25, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  7. Rodger

    All the more the reason not to be in Wahington John, after all you and your greedy friends made a mess. Guess you didn't learn enought about your friend Keating...I saw the story about your son being involed with Indymac.

    September 25, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  8. Thomas

    All hands on deck ! Are we abandoning ship ?
    John your not the captain of the USS America.
    Stand at ease !

    So were done reading Greenspan book ,
    the fundamentals of the economy are sound,
    or was that last week?

    September 25, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  9. Issues Voter is the let's get this endless campaign over with already....and get Sen. Obama on the job!!! McCain's desperate eleventh hour grandstanding ploy .... is a despicable attempt to distract from his lagging poll numbers and his admitted inability to address economic issues. McCain should have stayed out of the way ...... he has no expertise in this area and just showing up to stir things up for his own selfish political interest is in no way a CHANGE from politics as usual..... Calmly and intelligently addressing the issue is in the best interest of the country.... unnessesary high drama isn't!! Surely this is not the sort of behavior we need in a leader who has his/her finger on the button.....

    September 25, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  10. William

    It will all come back to credibility and experience. It is moments like this that I just wish the Democratic Party had not sabotaged Hillary Clinton's nomination. We missed the chance for a democratic presidential victory when the democratic leadership handed the nomination to Obama. Thus, our hope for victory vanished.

    Regardless of what the polls say, I will go Republican for the first time and vote for John McCain. MaCain, at least, is a true American hero who doesn't have a pastor who condemns America. God bless America! Hillary in 2012.

    September 25, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  11. tigerakabj

    Somebody tell McCain to come to the debate and take his butt-whooping like a man. If you chose not to show up for your final exam, that's on you and you get a "0." End of Story.

    Obama, keep up the good work. Every day that goes by McCain gets more desperate and foolish. It is clear that when a crisis comes, you are calm, cool, and collected. You are the right person for the job.

    Obama/Biden 2008/2012.

    September 25, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  12. lovable liberal

    McCain's desperation is already palpable in his transparently political claim that he's suspending his campaign. What stunts will he try now?

    September 25, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  13. activist mom

    But of course! And look at who each of the candidates is surrounded by. McCain has his best friends and colleagues–the very people who got us INTO this mess by de-regulating–and who became billionaires off of it. Obama is surrounded by some of the best brains in the field and owns ONE house and one car-like ME–and most of the rest of America. Not to mention how they are addressing this crisis. Obama looks calm, appropriately concerned and VERY presidential. McCain looks like a chicken with its head cut off. Sounds like one too! LOL

    And what of the debates? No one buys that crapola McCain dished out. He's just avoiding debating cuz he aint got a leg to stand on and his VP has a mouth but no knowledge. I'll take Biden right about NOW!

    Nuff said. People are wising up. Campaigns of lies and misleading statements have NO place in THIS presidential race. Keep it comin Obama-your country needs you and 43% need to figure that OUT.


    September 25, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  14. apostlek

    Yes it is the economy, but our decision in ‘04’ that brought it upon us.

    Now if we can give a standing ovation to all who voted for Bush's second term. What do you expect? Now it is time to return all the tax breaks we received.

    We were warned, "No FREE lunch", period. Time to pay the Piper I suppose...

    September 25, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  15. david murphy

    Go ahead and keep beating the CNN wish-fulfillment drum. This means nothing. McCain will win, by a significant electoral margin. What your guys should be doing now is composing rants about how Obama deserved to win, but white racists kept it from happening. As long as Obama is below 51 percent in the polls, bank on a McCain blowout.

    September 25, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  16. Elizabeth

    With all the hoopla Obama tries to convey, HE downs McCain yet
    HE has absolutely NOTHING which describes a PLAN of resolve for
    our domestic situations. He can BS and BS on all the problems but
    it is time HE, Obama explains just how HE is going to DO ANYTHING!
    HE CAN NOT!!! He plays the public for idiots, that we do not realize
    that the Congress has to weigh and measure everything HE might
    want to do. OBAMA is nothing more than a WAIT AND SEE, BSer
    who will jump on the first suggestion that makes him look good and
    make it his own. HE GIVES US NO PLAN AT ALL! HE JUST WANTS
    TO BE THE FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT, that's what he is all about.
    The praise and glory he seeks will be his demise. AT least Hillary
    had some plans she described. OBAMA will do nothing for the
    next 8 years except BLAME the Bush Administration for HIS FAILURES. Anyone with any sense at all can see right thru this man.

    September 25, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  17. ken

    as many have said that neither of these presdiential campains needed to be involved in this bail out neither where involved thus far and have not made a vote in the senate in over 4-5 mths. and should not be involved , if they do it will cause this thing to expand. mc cain i can bet you is knee deep in this new twist in this matter , he wants the republicans to come out and say , if it was not for mc cain this bill never would see the light of day, when have you ever seen so many republicans go against bush this bad , there saying yhey can not truster there president, and now they say he lied to us about iraq he lied about this and that , after 8 years just before there going back to being reelected trying to seperate themselfs from there president who they faught foralmost 100% of the time, now they are trying to save there phoney jobs, after they are responsable for all thats wrong , they now look like a little child that spilled milk on the floor and is trying to blame it on the cat , yeah that's it , it wasthe cat yeah, it'ts a polictical ploy to help the failing mc cain. no problems for 7 days and almost have a deal and mc cain hits town now everything is off the table ken

    September 25, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  18. Los

    I think McCain's trying to hijack these negotiations so he can spin it as a win. Since the only ones making a stink seem to be Sen. McCain and Sen. Shelby, I bet they have some sort of scheme going on or McCain is twisting Shelby's arm or something.

    I base this on absolutely nothing.

    September 25, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  19. Alamoman

    I respect John McCain's service in Vietnam. But when it comes to Economy, or Wall Street, it's a different story! He has admitted he really doesn't understand Wall Street. What is he going to do gathering the senators? – they are already gathered and trying to come up with a bailout plan. He wants to take credit for "leadership" by going back to Washington! Isn't that his job to discharge his senatorial duties? This is pure grandstanding!!! What would he do if this crisis happened one week before election? Would he recommend to postpone the election? The guy is nuts to think he could pull wool over people's eyes by not wanting to participate in the debate! Mr. McCain, we need to know what you are thinking on the Economy! If you have the courage, debate Obama tomorrow!!

    September 25, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  20. Meka

    Senator Obama has the BEST JUDGEMENT on THE ECONOMY and IRAQ.
    (1)-Senator Obama was against the WAR IN IRAQ. (a) The job wasn't finished in Afganistan, (b) America wasn't equiped to fight TWO WARS (c) and ,we wouldn't be spending 10 Billion a Month in Iraq–while jobs are being shipped out of America-WHO WAS GOING TO PAY FOR TWO WARS? (D) McCain voted for the War in Iraq (question McCain's judgement).
    (2)-Senator Obama is against DRILL HERE, DRILL NOW. . .(a) we here in the South, have a Gas Shortage–due to Hurricane Gastave, Katrina sent Gas Prices Up...and America, surrounded with 3 OCEANS (don't you realize that MORE TROPICAL STORMS ARE COMING) DRILLING, IS A BAD INVESTMENT FOR AMERICA (b) Senator Obama wants to CREATE JOBS WITH NATURAL ENERGY. . .WAKE UP AMERICA!

    September 25, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  21. BJGT

    The White House summit was more of a stunt for McCain. He is playing politics with the bail out. He will lie to your face if it means him getting into the White House.

    "Maverick" means SPOILER.

    September 25, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  22. Marilyn

    mccain is not well, you can look at him and see. Why doesn't his camp get him checked out.

    September 25, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  23. Proud Florida Democrat

    The economy and Iraq

    September 25, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  24. Ken

    I for one believe that the media is trying put McCain in such a light that makes him look as if this is only a political posturing.

    Again, I for one believe that McCain is truly concerned for the American people a whole lot more than Obama, which comes across as if he has already won the presidency. WHAT A JOKE!

    I am a Hillary Clinton supporter that is voting for McCain/Palin because I want someone in the "Oval Office" that knows what they are doing and Obama has NO experience of ANY executive experience. It would be a "Rookie" doing "OJT", and that is not for me.

    McCain/Palin 2008

    Hillary Clinton 2012

    September 25, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  25. sjp

    it was a good campaign john. then you picked a vp who by the moment proves to be incapable, then you picked every topic but an important one to voters, then your party's economy blew up, then you tried to be john wayne instead of mccain in washington and finally you are balking at a debate that will partially determine the course of our countries future. a decent man is john, a president john is not.

    September 25, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
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