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

Poll: Americans say they have seen too much Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. M.A. Howell

    Yes, I agree, we have seen too much of Obama. He has acted like he has already been elected. BUT HE HASN'T YET.

    August 6, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. Jim

    The media has always favored Obama. We all seen that during the democratic primary. Bill Clinton was right. No Obama...McCain 08, Hillary 2012

    August 6, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. John "USS Forrestal" McCain

    yet still 72 % of Obama's press is is a shame how the Moses ad has cost McCain a lot of votes....maybe if Cindy wins the buffalo chip contest that might help.

    August 6, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. Mary, IL

    In this day and age, they can see McCain 24/7. Just get on the internet, which I might add he can't do.


    August 6, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. anonymous

    Hope the proud to be democrat thinks that everyone of his family that is older than that person thinks his family is all boring old people but I bet you one thing they are pretty sharp people and have their opinions as well. Don't judge a book by it cover.

    August 6, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. Chad, Wisco

    You gotta love when the media starts calling itself out just to make more news.

    August 6, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. virginia nielsen

    Senator Obama is new to the nation wide political scene and everybody, like me wants to know him better....on the other hand Senator McCain has been around for the last 30 years and, unfortunately, he makes me sleep !!! Even I'm 57 years old I believe in the constant change in the world and in our country and that's why Im voting for Senator Obama,because I truly believe inthe well informed young people.
    OBAMA 2008-2016 !!!

    August 6, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. Abe Froman - Chicago

    Yes we have. I am waiting for them to tell us what his favorite color is. CNN you are as guilty of this as well.

    August 6, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14