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. Me

    He's a biracial man whose name is Barack Obama, of course the media will make a huge deal out of him. McCain is just another close minded white guy running for president-nothing new there.

    August 6, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  2. Rob

    Debates are usually after the convention.

    August 6, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    If the 'majority of those polled' say 'too much Obama', but there is a split along party lines and a majority of Democrats think Obama's coverage is just right - can we infer that most of those polled were Republicans?

    However you want to parse or spin it, media coverage generally goes to the most interesting, or most controversial, or whoever will draw in readers or viewers.

    Obama = interesting, controversial, draws in viewers/readers
    McCain = dull, boring, inept

    Who do you think the media would prefer to cover?

    August 6, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. you dont declare a war against a tactic

    Please Please Please let McSame get the same media coverage as Obama, the McCain Camp would be wise to follow an old saying "be careful what you wish for"

    August 6, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. Edwin K C

    Lisa

    Obama will trash Mccain during the debates that you will regret what you are asking for.

    Remember The overseas trip... Very Succesful

    Obama O8 and 2012

    August 6, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. Justin in CA

    Its called the primary. Come on CNN. You are smarter than this

    August 6, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. Voter

    You can say that again. I think it's indicative of how lazy the American press has become.

    It's easy to follow this guy around and have the same old same olds on CNN and other stations saying the same things, speculating about the trivia of the campaign.

    It's a lot harder to engage in real journalism. If you want to see a piece of real journalism, go to the New York Times web site and look at the story coming up in this week's NYT magazine. It is a sane discussion of what an Obama presidency, indeed an Obama nomination. means for what are now warring generations in black power politics. Of course, you'll have to think a little, and you'll have to read it all the way to the end. No pictures.

    THAT, my friends, is real journalism. No the stuff of empty-headed celebrity poopsies and silly men explaining to us what Bill Clinton is REALLY mad about.

    Try it. You'll like it.

    August 6, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  8. ginny bell j.b.n.ga.

    IT IS ABOUT TIME SOMBODY SHOWED UP THE NEWS MEDIA......
    PROOF YOU THREW HILL. UNDER THE BUS.
    THE ONLY WAY MCCAIN CAN GET ANY AIR TIME IS TO BUY IT...
    FINALLY A FAIR POLE....
    ALSO THE MEDIA ONLY TELLS HALF THE TRUTH ON OBOMA....
    THEY LEAVE OUT TO MANY NEGITIVE PARTS ON OBOMA....
    THEY ADD TO MCCAINS TO MAKE THIER LITTLE DARLING LOOK GOOD....
    WARNING.... STOP THIS RACIEST STUFF NOW ON MCCAIN BEFORE IT GOES ANY FARTHER.....
    ROLAND ARE YOU LISTENING...?????? IT WILL NOT WORK THIS TIME....

    August 6, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. Jill-IN

    I think McCain gets plenty of good press coverage; frankly it's most of what I see in the nightly programs. If it's not all positive for him, maybe that's a negative reflection of that campaign. This article surprises me because I have been thinking lately I see entirely too much of John Mccain and Cindy.

    August 6, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. lamar of springfield,mo.

    Why hasn't McCain debated Obama yet?

    August 6, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. BudInTexas

    When we do hear more about John McCain – and we get to see him stumble and bumble like he did yelling about $4 gas in Sturgis, SD (what a fool) – the country will finally come to its senses and realize that John McCain makes George Bush sound like a genius.

    Be very afriad of what you wish for!

    August 6, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. Mauri

    If we have questions about him now, how many more will we have before this thing's over. Other than his refusal to positively address our energy crisis by speaking against drilling for oil, all he does is try to tarnish McCain's name.

    I say yes, we've seen too much of him, but keep up the good work and perhaps by election day, he'll be fully diluted.

    August 6, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  13. Joan, Ontario

    Responses from 1000 telephone calls is hardly representative of what millions of Americans think about the publicity surrounding the two candidates. Millions of people, especially younger, working people, have cell phones who never get called. Maybe Obama got more coverage because he is far more interesting. His trip overseas was oustanding and he deserved the coverage he got. He can't control how many people flock to his rallies or how much leaders around the world like and respect him. If McCain could get this much positive publicity he would do it an a second. You have to earn respect and you can't make people like you. That just comes naturally. McCain did get lots of publicity last week from his negative ads but that is a sad way to balance the time sheets.

    August 6, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. Scott L

    Obama is going to get crushed in November. If Dems own 60% majority and Obama is in the white house be prepared for gas prices to sky rocket and taxes to soar plunging the economy into a greater abyss of darkness. If you windfall tax oil companies, they will just raise prices to offset their costs. Duh...

    August 6, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  15. BAD MEDIA

    Thanks to the media, YES, YES, YES we've seen too much of Obama! I hope your one-sided love affair with him bites you in the back. You deserve it!

    August 6, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. Marilyn

    I am sick to death of seeing Obama's face on television and I know that I will not vote for him! After 7 years of switching channels when Bush makes an appearance, or at least hitting the mute button on the remote, I really don't want to be doing this for another 4 years. I can't stand George Bush, but I think I would probably be just as disgusted with Obama.

    August 6, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  17. Mike

    Sorry!

    Obama is just far more interesting. We know everything there is to know about McCain from the last 8 years of Bush's presidency.

    August 6, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  18. Mike

    Lisa –

    Three debates after the conventions.

    Geez.

    August 6, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. The Real Lisa

    And??? Is this not a Presidential Race? Which one is it CNN? You tell us if we we've had enough. Who'd you poll, CNN?

    August 6, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  20. Cricket

    Maybe that's partially because mccain never has anything worthwhile hearing. Add to that the fact that he hasn't been able to raise the money Obama has, therefore can't afford the advertising. Those complaining about mccain should be glad-he'd only put them to sleep if they did hear him.

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08,12

    August 6, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. applecrispbetty

    Whose fault is this? For example, McCain's commercials just talk about Obama. There are some people who do not know who McCain is, and McCain is not reaching them.

    August 6, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. Franky

    "Why hasn't Obama debated Mccain yet?"

    That's because he got tired debating your girl 20+ times!! LOL!!!!!!

    You know how the ladies can be tough......plus, you know what's funny as well? It seems like people don't care about Senator McCain! LOL!!! Even his own party doesn't seem to complain, LOL!!!!!

    Go ahead, dream what you want from Senator McCain...LOL!!!!!

    August 6, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  23. Angel Mires

    I know that im getting tired of seeing Obama in the headlines. The only time I like seeing him in the headlines is when there is negative press! :-)

    August 6, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  24. Claire Nye

    This is exactly the topic I have been discussing at work that yes we
    have seen too much of Obama and not Mccain!

    August 6, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  25. On_fiayah

    Thanks Maurice, we look forward to you moving out of our way...keep up the PUMApoopers.

    August 6, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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