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. MLH

    Yeah, but we were really starving for coverage of Paris Hilton and now that has corrected itself.

    August 6, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. Martin

    Question: Would you rather watch Obama in Berlin in front of 200,000 people, or McSame put groceries in a cart while jars of applesauce roll around on the floor?

    August 6, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. A house divided

    Democrats breaking FROM Obama

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

    Lisa, because Obama has no idea what he stands for or what he's even talking about and the world is finally catching on. I can't wait to see John McCain destroy him in the debates

    August 6, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. What A Joke

    Ofcourse we've seen more of Obama – and we'd like to see more!
    What a joke for people to complain that we've had more Obama coverage.

    Democrat presidential candidate: young, black, vibrant
    Republican presidential candidate: old, white, boring

    Why are people surprised/complaining if we've seen more of Obama? Which one of the above would you be more interested in or want to find out more about? Regardless of whether you're Republican or Democrat, nobody can deny that Obama is by far the more interesting candidate – and thus there is more media coverage of him! Duh.

    August 6, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. Anita from Arizona

    Ratings equal money, HELLO!!!! Come on media folks. You KNOW Obama is the story right now.

    As soon as McCain went negative and started mud slinging, he got more air time. This is just another insult to my intellience.

    August 6, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. Donna P.

    Yeah, I'm sick of him and the whole political arena. I will be so glad when it is November 5 and McCain is President. Then, the news channels will analysis to death why Obama lost. Blah, Blah, Blah.

    August 6, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. EMJ

    I've seen way too much Britney Spears but how can I stop what the media decides to focus on. Somebody must want to see the junk about her and man is she over-exposed. Sorry, but BO is in the news because he has to spend half his time shooting down flat out lies the media likes to get from the repugs. Who made the tire gauge thing an important news story? MSM. Why is Paris Hilton now involved in the POTUS race? Because repugs throw that kind of crap out there and teh MSM is only so happy to spread the crap. I do find it interesting I have see NO VETTING OF JOHN McCAIN. What is the MSM waiting for? I realize BO is running a nicer campaign and won't throw the garbage Mccain stories out there but stop blaming Obama for being in the news so much. More than half is fighting off lies, word twisting, and fear mongering.

    August 6, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. Independent in IA

    Entirely TOO much coverage of two mediocre candidates who don't do anything but lie through their teeth to the American Public and expect that public to swallow those lies without choking to death. They are both complete idiots.

    August 6, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. Heather

    I agree. I'm sick of hearing about Nobama. We hear about him so much even my 7 year old love him. You got to be kidding me!!!

    August 6, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. Tom B.

    I know I have.

    August 6, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  12. gastoys

    Obama is spreading fear into Americans and it is a hate monger!

    August 6, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  13. Will in Richmond, VA

    Of COURSE we've seen 'too much' of Obama. He's all the media wants to show because he sells papers, moves magazines, and drives clickers.

    Conversely, McCain is less interesting, less motivating, more 'old school' (he's run for the nomination what, three times now?), less congenial. So these facts drive themselves. The media is a business, ALL of it. So they cover what will gain them the most viewers and readers and that right now is Obama.

    The media will ride the Obama train until he stops delivering. Let's hope that day comes 8 years from now or more if this country knows whats good for it.

    August 6, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  14. Terry

    The Koolaid runneth WAY over..


    August 6, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  15. anonymous

    If you think you've seen too much of Obama Just wait IF he gets in office you will see too much of him. Aren't you getting sick?

    August 6, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. lauren

    "Pot, Booze and Blow when I could afford it" Obama 95:

    "...where are they now with Miley Cyris… "

    you seem to have a thing for hannah montana, you're either 10 years old (my guess) or you're a worse creep than we all thought!!

    August 6, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. Dan

    We have not seen enough Obama!
    I want to see him perched high on the throne of this mighty empire so we can see him everyday. He is the diversity that this nation bases its pride upon, embodied in one man.

    August 6, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  18. anyomous

    stop confuse us

    August 6, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  19. Kevin

    Obama is news. Mccain is old news. Simple.

    August 6, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  20. A house divided

    Obamamania will not last and the republicans will once again win.

    Democrats never learn... left wing candidates are polarizing.

    Centrists- HILLARY- unite.

    August 6, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  21. Patricia

    I hit the mute button when a McCain commercial comes on. Can't stand the stupidity of them. Actually, can't stand looking at that wooden teeth grin either... so should just turn the TV off.

    August 6, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  22. What if?

    Lisa August 6th, 2008 4:09 pm ET....Why hasn't Obama debated Mccain yet?

    Let me give you the answer to that question, he went to Iraq and Iran and McCain whined the entire time he was over seas, one of McCain demand of course. It was the town hall meetings speeches before, Can McCain handle a debate with Obama. He isn't just another beer drinking, wife abandon for another woman with money as McCain may think.

    If he would have jumped to the demands of McCain wanting a debate on his term, some would say he's weak. Since he stood his ground and has decided to submit to a debate on neutral's coming. What ever Obama does or does not do, it will always be questioned 100% more then anything McCain may do.

    Obama 08

    August 6, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  23. Julia

    Right? Every magazine, every newsite has allowed a candidate to actually purchse 24 hour webspace. The nice thing is, this guy loves himself so much that he will continue the oversaturation. It's August and people are tired of seeing or hearing him.I've seen people actually MUTE their televisions when a news story comes on about him - which is every 4 seconds. By November, we'll all be rushing to vote for McCain just to get some rest from a candidate that has been force fed to us by the media. (They did this with Bush as well, remember?)

    August 6, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. nancy c

    every single media outlet has their own slant on the current presidential candidates. this current CNN headline has its own connotation to sway the public's opinion, one way or the other. i urge everyone who reads the newspapers online or offline, to stay centered and focused on whatever their own opinions might be. the media is out of control, and sorry to say, it will never change. so all average or higher intelligent beings must stay on top of their own consciences.

    August 6, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  25. LIP

    Who poses these mundane questions anyway? Will they ask us if we have seen enough of Paris Hilton next?
    I can only say that we have definitely seen to much of Bill and Hillary and only two more months left of this dribble and we will have to live with whichever mistake we decide to choose.
    This is the best that this country has to offer?

    August 6, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
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