September 23rd, 2009
10:16 AM ET
9 years ago

Poll: Obama not overexposed


A new poll suggests most Americans don't feel the president is over exposed. (Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Is President Barack Obama overexposed? A new national poll indicates the answer is no.

Fifty-four percent of people questioned in an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey say they're seeing the right amount of Obama, with 34 percent saying they see and hear too much of the president and 9 percent suggesting they don't hear enough from the president .

The poll, released Tuesday night, also indicates a partisan divide on the question, with 63 percent of respondents who voted for Republican John McCain in last year's presidential election saying they're seeing too much of the president, with only eight percent of people who voted for Obama feeling the same way.

According to the survey, 52 percent of independents believe Obama's exposure is OK and 40 percent say it's too much.

The president's media blitz began two weeks ago, with an address to a joint session of Congress that was seen on national television in prime time in much of the country. This past weekend Obama was a guest on five Sunday talk shows.

The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll was conducted Thursday through Sunday, as the president appeared on the Sunday talk shows but before his appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman. The survey was conducted by telephone with 1,005 adult Americans. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Jimmy the Greek

    NBC Poll = taking a quick survey among staff in the NBC newsroom.

    Obama is attenion-starved child whose father left him and mother caroused with muslim men.

    We can do better!


    September 23, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. single mom

    Um, if his healthcare plan is so wonderful, and if the American people are 'so behind and supportive', then why does he need to go on every Sunday morning talk show? On Letterman? This smacks of desperation.
    Like Debra R. said, the one channel he needed to go on he wouldn't. Sounds like the Obama Administration is afraid of Fox News.
    Right before the world leadership gathering at the UN that is not an image of strength. The leaders of Libya, Iran and Venezuela were probably rubbing their hands in glee.

    September 23, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  3. Obama worst president EVER

    You're kidding with this, right? He's in everyone's face CONSTANTLY.

    September 23, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  4. Padraig

    The President is pretty weak-kneed on this. He only goes on shows that will placate to him and ask him soft questions and he does the smoke and mirror swarmy answers. To gain credibility he needs to meet with the press that are not afraid to ask the tough question and put him on the spot. He is very gutless.

    September 23, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  5. Reformed Republican

    Those that think that the O'Bama is over exposed are by definition rethuglicons.
    They don't and can't accept that the job of POTUS is to inform those that elected him, not to be clearing brush in west Texas and being a jeezuz freak...
    Deal with it rethugs – the cold war is over, stop fighting it already. It's time you get with the tasks of working in the new world order where Americans lead by example and diplomacy, not dictates and military intervention...

    September 23, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. Padraig

    I am also fed up with this race garbage that people are hiding behind. He needs to answer questions. When a tough question is asked there are many idiots who say it is a race issue. You people are like sheep that are being led by a judas goat.

    September 23, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. Dennis

    Never seen a Presidnet so inlove with the sound of his own voice as the current one. I used to think Bill Clinton was narcissistic, but not anymore.

    September 23, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. Sean

    Personally, I like that the President is involving the American people in the debate and process. It's perfectly in line with his stated philosophy of making government more accountable and representative of it's citizens. Quite a welcome departure from the steady erosion of our basic liberties and planning of wars from behind closed doors from the previous administration. And I say that despite being a registered independent who actually voted for Bush!

    September 23, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  9. D. Tree

    I'm proud of my president working so hard – I don't want a LAZY president like the last one!

    Don't get me wrong, I'm not going to demonize Bush but he was pretty lazy.

    September 23, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. Mary

    Of course NBC got all no's – only democrats were polled - WAKE UP – America!!!

    September 23, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
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