August 6th, 2008
08:10 PM ET
14 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. Jack

    We are tired. Why not post the story on John Edwards "love child"?

    August 6, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. gramb

    Voters complain because they "don't know enough about him," so now they know "too much." How can you get to know a person without seeing a lot of him? I, in fact, am sick of hearing McCain talk about him...negatively...constantly...childishly...and so on...and on...and on...

    August 6, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. The Other Jon

    This is nonsense.

    Republicans whine and complain that we don't know who Obama is.

    Republicans whine and complain that Obama gets covered by the media.

    Logical disconnect that is demonstrated by this poll: many Republicans don't know who Obama is, but are unwilling to put in the time to learn what he stands for. In other words, many of them are being close-minded.

    Bottom line, the Republicans are going to whine and complain no matter what because their candidate is (quite simply) another Bob Dole.

    August 6, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. shirley

    I saw too much of hiim after the first week of the campaign!!!

    August 6, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. Whining Tommy Hussein in St. Louis

    So, let me see if I understand this...on one hand, people whine and moan because they supposedly don't know Obama well enough and they're scared to trust him; and on the other hand, they think he gets too much media coverage. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.

    Actually, I don't think they're the same people. I think people who blindly hate him and are scared of him are a loud and vocal, but very small minority, sort of like terrorists in the Middle East. Others who have responded to this poll are probably just normal people, swing voters maybe, who don't have such an antipathy toward either one of the candidates.

    August 6, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. Canadian black & white man for Obama.

    Obama doesn't only need the support of Hillary, but the support of all the democrats.
    One man can't lead a country as one tree can't make a forest.

    McCain is getting support now from those people who will not vote for him. It is not going to be easy to elect a mix Africa America male into Office without hard work.

    Obama is smart, young educated mix male, but it is not everyone are please to see him lead.
    Hard work prove of honesty, trusth and a good VP candidate with mistakes will get Obama elected.

    McCain is risky because he his losing his mind most of the time and he has cancer illness. He will take useless action to send the country to war without clean motive.

    Obama on the other hand, is risky because he want to change how Washington works, although it will favour ordinary Americans ,but people are not open to change and he is not a real white man.
    Mix and his funny name got most people confused.
    His state of thinking is very good and he will do anything to prove that he is good when he have the change to lead.

    100% Obama will be excellent president than McCain who have no clean reason why he wants to be president.
    He just want to be president to continue Bush policies, so why will you vote for him when he promise you the same thing that you might be tired of. ?

    August 6, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. Force will fail

    I never considered voting for a republican before.

    Then the Oprah and the DNC and the Media decided to force us to vote for Obama.

    I wanted the best candidate for my country- Hillary Clinton.

    I voted without prejudice or hate or vulgar threats against any fellow American.

    Obamanation should have tried that approach.

    August 6, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. kendall

    John McCain tried to pimp out Cindy at a biker rally that he stole the spotlight at, Let's give America more of that. I bet we'll American public will eat it up, I all for giving McCain more spotlight, the sad part is it's like watching PBS when you have CNN. comparing the two just isn't fair. Well for PBS or McCain

    August 6, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. Paula

    This is an incredibly important election-I am happy to be an adult in this fantastic electronic age-am not happy about the McCain Mudslinging!!! Obama is keeping to the high road and not discussing the other side of the Mccains. (The adultery and pill popping wife who stole from a aid agency she volunteered for)_

    August 6, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. George on Nantucket Island, MA

    It's not too late to nominate Clinton!

    August 6, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    "Why hasn't Obama debated Mccain yet?"
    Because neither of these two is his party's nominee yet.

    Now will you please stop asking this question?

    August 6, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  12. Hope and change

    Obama is the man of change.

    He forced lifelong democrats to change their party affiliation...


    August 6, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. kim portland, OR

    well, this isnt really a fair poll since most of us are ASLEEP at night when mccain's out doing his thing and waking up at first light when nosferatu is already back at his castle...

    all of mccain's disastrous, failed, NON-FACTUAL, america-destroying "plans" aside, 4 years of looking at that ghoulish face and listening to that uninspiring Charlie Brown's Teacher voice would be unbearable.

    August 6, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. Phyllis in Buffalo

    Did the poll take into consideration that there is too much coverage because the media jumps on anything and everything that Obama does and turns it into something negative. However McCain can make error after error and rarely gets called on it. I mean, c'mon...Obama can't even sneeze without the media finding something negative to say about it.....he should have held the tissue with his right hand instead of his left when he covered his nose....GEEZ!

    August 6, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. anonymous

    Obama reminds me of the devil and Hitler. Watch is facial expressions and always holding his finger up. Good luck sleepy eerie people. Guess you are the people that want to do anything without thinking of morale values and could care less. You should have to take a test to vote. You do not even know who you are voting for. Everyone seems to think the Republican party doesn't know what they are doing. Some of these republicans are former democrats.
    Vote for the least of the two evils.

    August 6, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. Tim

    That poll is a bunch of crap. You can ask the same people a week later and get a totally different answer. The reason that Obama has been on the news is becasue of McCain and his campaign talking heads Fox and ABC. ABC in particular has given McCain millions in free advertisement and most of that has been negative stuff about Obama.

    August 6, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. Doug from Martinez

    Please! More coverage of McCain! Then watch his poll numbers drop.

    August 6, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. larryh wi

    Yes, way to much air time, but some good will come out of it, when nobama falls we will get to see it HA HA Ha. Go John.

    August 6, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. No Duh?

    It was like this last summer, although Hillary was also in the mix. I remember being a Biden supporter and getting so frustrated becuase it was ALL about Hillary or Obama. Now it is all Obama. I also am so sick of it and I also am one of those that have been so turned off by the democratic party that I am voting McCain. I can kind of stomach McCain but not Obama. Call me whatever you want but I've had ENOUGH! By the way, the groupies need to hurry up and pick up the latest edition of People magazine before they leave the newstands, if you miss it though your Divine One is on the cover of Essence magazine, I imagine next week it will be the cover of Golf Digest or perhaps American Baby, I think those are the only two mags that haven't devoted their covers to him. Get your fill now, my prediction is he'll be long forgotten by February 2009.

    August 6, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. Jerry

    MCSAME is the is awful for the country, CNN and Fox are very bias against Obama that why it alot of coverage on Obama because these racist news station want MCSAME to win

    August 6, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  21. Kaye Martin

    There's another poll that shows that while Senator Obama is getting the the lion's share of coverage that the coverage that he has received has been more negative than the press's treatment of Senator McCain. The excuse given by the media is that the American public "knows" Senator McCain, yet they are unfamiliar with Senator Obama. The problem is that the media concentrates on trivial matters–is Senator Obama too thin, too Black, too white, acting Black, acting White? If the press gave the same kind of coverage to Senator McCain, it would at least give the appearance of balanced coverage. The American public is not interested in these the media's fascination with "trivial pursuits". What the American people want to know are the candidates policies and how those policies will affect their lives.

    August 6, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. MD for Obama


    August 6, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  23. BC girl

    I think the American people have seen too much Bush

    August 6, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  24. punch-a-pundit

    McCain should be glad for all of the Obama coverage. If the coverage had been more balanced Obama may be further ahead because of all the McCain screw ups.
    Obama may be inexperienced and untested but, McCain is reckless on the level of Bush and mean on the level of Cheney.
    You have to thank Paris Hilton for naming him the "wrinkly old white-haired-dude."

    August 6, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  25. Life long DEM done gone

    I changed to Independent after 35 years.... because of Obama.

    See... changes happening already.

    August 6, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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