August 6th, 2008
08:10 PM ET
6 years ago

Poll: Americans say they have seen too much Obama

Americans have seen too much coverage of Obama, a new poll suggests.
Americans have seen too much coverage of Obama, a new poll suggests.

(CNN)— John McCain’s campaign has spent the summer complaining about Barack Obama’s dominance of the news cycle. Now, a new poll suggests a majority of Americans may agree.

A Pew Research Center poll released Wednesday found that since January, Americans think Obama’s visibility has overshadowed John McCain 76 percent to 11 percent. The survey, conducted via telephone interviews on 1,000 adults shows 48 percent of those questioned think there is too much media coverage of the presumptive Democratic nominee, and only 10 percent said there is too little.

In contrast, those polled said they have heard too little about presumptive Republican nominee John McCain: 38 percent said there is not enough coverage of the Arizona senator, and 26 percent think there is too much.

There is, however, a break across party lines: Republicans said they have heard too much about Obama and too little about McCain. Meanwhile, 57 percent of Democrats think the coverage of their party’s presumptive nominee has been just right.

While the poll shows citizens feel coverage of the candidates is not been equal in time, it does show they have seen virtually equal amounts of campaign commercials from both presumptive nominees. Fifty-five percent said they have seen a McCain commercial and 58 percent said they have seen an Obama spot.

The poll has a sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (333 Responses)
  1. DJ Los Angeles

    Obama gets generates ratings for advertising $$$, whereas McCain does not.

    Like it or not, rating and sequent amount of money that can be paid by advertisers is the way coverage works.

    If you don't like that, then watch cable tv or Public Broadcasting.

    August 6, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. Informed Voter

    Live with it!!!! .. You'll be seeing more of him when he is President ...

    August 6, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. Jake

    NEWSFLASH!

    STOP THE PRESSES!

    REPUBLICANS SUPPORT MCCAIN!
    DEMOCRATS BREAKING FOR OBAMA!

    CNN, the leading name in non-news...

    August 6, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  4. Seth in Jacksonville

    I agree. However, if people didn't watch or read the stories, the media wouldn't continue putting out Obama stories. I'm tired of all the media surrounding Obama. Focus on McCain and all of the slipups he's made in recent weeks.

    August 6, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  5. Carl from MI

    He's guilty of being more interesting than McCain.

    McCain's guilty of being more boring than Obama.

    Cry me a river, McCain!!! FIXed News covers you 24/7... what else could you ever wish for???

    August 6, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  6. Lorna, NY

    Great, now the media will start paying attention to McCain and all his flip-flops, gaffes and mis speaks. it is the job of the media to provide unbiased reporting. This just shows what we already know, they are soft on McCain and he continues to get free rides.

    August 6, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. Yvonne

    That's to be expected since Obama is talking about Obama and McCain is talking about Obama. McCain has nothing to say about McCain except surge, surge, surge and drill, drill, drill!!

    August 6, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  8. Vote Nader

    What about the other candidates? I guess by not asking about them, you give us the answer.

    ** Nader/Gonzalez 2008 **

    August 6, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. Brina

    He's going on vacation Friday so the stage will belong to John McCain. I Hope Obama has a wonderful vacation, he needs to rest for a bit.

    *the media will probably try to follow him on his vacation, all while polling to see if they are covering him to much...Only in America does that make sense****

    August 6, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. Terry

    Post this

    They may be right.

    If the media would put more out there about McCain, I think Obama would win in a land slide.

    Cause then more people would definatly see he's nothing but a crazy person who flip flops, gets his facts wrong, can't use the internet and cares nothing about women. Just ask his current wife who he tried to enter in a wet t shirt contest.

    If more folks saw all this then there would be no question would there choice should be.

    BTW. Paris Hilton doesn't represent the whole of Pop Culture. Or whatever it is you guys said. She just doesn't

    August 6, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. PUMA in Training

    AHHHHHHHHMEN!!!!!!!!

    I was done months ago...thank you CNN! But, you are still doing a story on him...

    August 6, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  12. "Pot, Booze and Blow when I could afford it" Obama 95

    I agree... the media has a crush on Obama... it's all you see.

    Like everyone has been saying... the guys a flash in the pan, flavor of the minute super star... couple years from now he will be on VH1 where are they now with Miley Cyris... they both have the same substance anyway... Obama is like a good old joke... funny at first but soon everyone is sick of hearing it.

    August 6, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. Debby

    Thats okay the more Obuma is in the limelight the more he fumbles. John McCain is only a few percentage points away from him with hardly any coverage. The DNC got their glitz and glam. candidate with no substance and voters are starting to see it.

    August 6, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. J.C.

    What's too little is the lack of debates between the major candidates.

    August 6, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  15. Donna in California

    Most of the coverage is negitive. Like on FOX news. The media is poweful. Does negitive press count? If so, you can keep it. All of the commentators dog Obama in an effort to call things fair and balanced between him and John McCain,but no one attacts McCains character. So all of this press is a bad idea and Obama did not ask for it.

    Go OBAMA...No matter what they say!

    August 6, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  16. ATLian

    Another very misleading headline.

    August 6, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  17. Abby

    That’s what happens when someone new comes to the scene. Hey are the polling the obvious.

    August 6, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. edw

    Hmmm, get used to it. He will be our next Commander in Chief.

    August 6, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  19. Proud American

    Maybe McCain was right about us being a nation of whiners. First we complain that we dont know enough about Obama and now its we know too much. Make up your mind people.

    August 6, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  20. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Maybe if McBush would spend a little more time talking about himself and less time attacking Obama, things might even out a little bit.

    PS – Johnny, we already know about you being a POW and a maverick. Tell us more about how you dumped your first wife, mother of your children, and your outstanding family values.

    August 6, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  21. Selected by hate and division and race card

    Forcing Obama on the democrats cost us this election.

    I do not follow Oprah or Caroline or Maria or Paris.

    I decide on the substance of the matter.

    I voted for Hillary because she was clearly the very best candidate.

    Now I am ticked off at being MADE to choose between McCain and Obama.

    I won't vote for the one that gutted his own and the party that swiftboated their best candidate.

    August 6, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  22. Franky

    "In contrast, those polled said they have heard too little about presumptive Republican nominee John McCain: 38 percent said there is not enough coverage of the Arizona senator, and 26 percent think there is too much.

    There is, however, a break across party lines: Republicans said they have heard too much about Obama and too little about McCain. Meanwhile, 57 percent of Democrats think the coverage of their party’s presumptive nominee has been just right"

    Hey, do your own research!! LOL!!!.

    August 6, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  23. Irishspacemonk

    Actually american's have seen too much of CNN talking about obama. Put the blame where it belongs.

    August 6, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  24. Lorraine

    This is an easy one. Anything and everything negative is talked about on Obama. When it comes to McCain, his negatives are NEVER STRESSED.

    August 6, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  25. Marie in California

    No surprises here. It's been apparent for months, since the beginning of the primaries, that the mainsteam media is in the tank with Obama....and that includes the bunch of them....CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, New York Times, Newsweek Magazine, and a whole lot of big city newspapers, including my hometown San Diego Union-Tribune. They all give Obama a ton of free advertising under the aegis of "news"....i.e., in the amount of coverage, the spin they put on it., and the manner in which they "cherry-pick" what they deem to be "newsworthy."

    As for me.....I no longer watch the national news on any of those TV channels.....only on FNC (truly, "fair and balanced"). I've also shifted my news reading loyalties to Time Magazine and the Wall Street Journal.

    Lifelong Democrat.....was for Hillary.....now for McCain!

    August 6, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
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