CNN Poll: The economy is issue No. 1
October 21st, 2011
04:00 PM ET
11 years ago

CNN Poll: The economy is issue No. 1

(CNN) - The economy is the most important issue for voters in the 2012 election cycle, according to a new CNN/ORC International Poll of American adults released Friday.

Fifty-four percent of respondents said the economy will be an extremely important factor in the next election. Unemployment was a close second with 47% followed by the deficit at 45% and health care at 42%. Other issues, like terrorism, foreign policy and moral issues, which previously dominated presidential elections, came in 36%, 23% and 18% respectively.

Full results (pdf)

"Will Moammar Gadhafi's death help Barack Obama's re-election chances in 2012? If it does, the effect may be muted simply because there aren't a lot of Americans right now who say that foreign policy will be important to their vote for president next year," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said.

The poll surveyed 1,007 adult Americans via telephone between Oct. 14 and Oct. 16 with a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

Filed under: 2012 • CNN/ORC International poll • Economy • Polls • President Obama
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  1. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Barak Hussein Obama Report Card
    Economy Failure
    Unemployment Failure
    Deficit Failure
    Healthcare Failure

    Obama/Biden 2012 - Because we just haven't had enough failure and destruction.

    October 21, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. d

    I hope people are paying attention to all the no votes..and where they are coming from!

    October 21, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. The Greedy Old PIgs have declared class war on US!

    The economy, huh; who'd have guessed? It also happens to be the economy that the GOBP has been studiously avoiding when it comes to presenting viable ideas to get people back to work. I wonder why the GOBP deathcult doesn't want people back to work?

    October 21, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. Tired of the nonsense

    Okay, let's see...

    Economy – President Obama has been working tirelessly to fix the Bush mistakes. The GOP are illegally and willfully destroying our chances of pulling America out of the GOP muck that they created. President wins on that issue.

    Unemployment – President Obama is trying to get America back to work with the Jobs bill. The GOP are illegally and willfully destroying our chances of putting America back to work because they want to create two classes: the rich and the homeless. President Obama wins on that issue.

    Deficit – President Obama is working to balance the budget. The GOP are illegally and willfully stopping that because it doesn't put money in their pockets. It helps to put money in the pockets of Americans. President Obama wins on that issue.

    Health care – President Obama passed a health care bill that will cover millions and allow everyone the chance to good medical care. The GOP illegally and willfully are trying to stop that so they can be the Death Panels Palin wanted them to be. President Obama wins on that issue.

    Terrorism – President Obama gets the credit for bringing down Bin Laden and helping with the Libyan situation with Gahdafi. The GOP barely even give him a nod on that. President Obama wins on that issue.

    Foreign policy – President Obama is respected and liked at home and abroad. We can say that we're proud to be Americans and not worry that someone will shoot us like we did when Bush was in office due to his illegal and warmongering tendencies. President Obama wins on that issue.

    Moral issues – please, the man has morals, he has ethics, he knows what a Constitution is. Bush and the GOP completely stampeded over our civil liberties and civil rights. They slammed the Constitution. President Obama wins on that issue.

    Sure, the economy will be the #1 issue, but President Obama has this next election sewed up. He'll probably beat any GOP loon with a greater margin than Reagan did when he beat Mondale back in the 80s. For those of you who aren't historically savvy, Mondale only got 13 electoral votes.

    October 21, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. Squealy

    Just another in a series of polls proving the GOP is completely out of touch with America beyond their core base. Instead of focusing on jobs and the economy, their legislative efforts have focused on banning abortion and stripping union rights. These are NOT our priorities.

    October 21, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    This is your brain: "Issue No. 1 is the economy"

    This is your brain on conservatism: "Issue No. 1 is making Obama a 1 term president and keeping you suffering to help with that via the blame game."

    Any questions?

    October 21, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    It is so far out in the game,and President Obama surprises us over, and over, and over again with good news, and great initiatives. Everytime McCain and the Rethugs thought they had him pinned down on some trumped up, GOP created crap he bounced higher than they could've ever imagined. And he captured the Presidency.
    Now, the economy: The Rethugs have been systemaitcally undermining it since he came into office, and in 2010 when they gained the majority in Congress they went buck wild. Everything they could do to reverse the slow but steady progress that was been made with the economy, they have shamelessly done and are continuing to do.
    An F'D up economy is the Rethugs ONLY hope; it is the ONLY thing they will be able to point to come 2012 and say "See, see how crappy the economy is. We can fix that". The hell you can!
    Just remember that the President has been surprising us with good things when we least expect them, and more importantly when the Rethugs least expect it.
    I would'nt count him out on the economy just yet, in spite of the GOPeeing Teatards best efforts to crash it into the ground.

    Obama 2012. Period.

    October 21, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  8. SecedingfromTexas

    Eric Cantor cancelled his speech in Philadelphia today because, apparently, he thought he was going to have a
    "select audience". When he was told the speech would be open to the first 300 people that showed up-– he
    cancelled. The little fella was afraid the OWS bunch would get in and hear his ramblings about the huge income
    gap and how "they" were going to be sure the rich were kept at the top (or some such nonsense).
    Didn't have the nerve to face them, I guess.

    October 21, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. Dale

    Fair Trade Deal: Wall Street fat cats lobbied Washington D.C. big time for this deal. While Food prices are skyrocketing here in the United States (( the main reason is Feed Corn , Soybeans, and Alfalfa )) these commodities are vital to everything that is groceries we Americans buy today. (( Wall Street Hedge Funds )) they are going to sell these vital feed commodities to other countries, and drive United States food prices Sky-High.

    American produce farmers are slowly dying because the price of feed is way too high (( American produce farmers should get their animal feed first, )) to feed Cattle, Hogs, Chickens, and for Dairy products and for Cereals of all kinds, To keep food prices down here in the United States.

    What is left over use it for methanol and ethanol for gasoline additives. And then sell leftovers to other countries. I guarantee you other countries in (( this fair trade deal )) will be taking care of their country first. Stop Wall Street fat cat hedge funds Please get this news out, Copy and Paste now !

    Container ships come in to the U.S. full, and they are leavlng of feed Corn and alfalfa !

    October 21, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  10. JB


    October 21, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |