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

Poll: Americans say they have seen too much Obama

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(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. Terry

    MiddleAmerica August 6th, 2008 4:02 pm ET

    We are fed up with the progressive media’s corrupt attempt at ramming their MSNBC's candidate down our throats under the disguise of “change”. America needs a real leader, not a hollywood celebrity..

    Please post!

    Keith Olbermman for President!!!



    I bet you guys would go back to your caves then. Conservatives hate being told that the world needs to change and don't want the world to change.

    August 6, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. Dekonti

    This when we enter "Silly Season" with these poll. Various polls have said the folowing lately:

    1. Obama needs to reintroduce himself to the American people
    2. Obama needs to go into small towns accross America and sell himself because people don't know him

    Now, people have seen too much of him. The poor guy can't win. When will do a poll on telling Iraq to start paying for their own war or give us some of that oil that they're sitting on rather than having John McCain and Sean Hannity doing the Drill Here – Drill Now Dance. Oh I forgot, the new term is "All of the Above" plan. Sound silly like the folks it is coming from.

    August 6, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. Hans-Erik Iken

    I am sure that once MCain starts revealing his own plans for the economy, energy crisis, mortgage crisis etc. the media will pay attention to that too.

    All he has to do is actually share his policy plans with the public. So McCain, when do you think you have something to say besides making fun of your opponents plans that actually DO work (like inflating the tyres and other simple short term solutions)?

    I know you adopted Obama's ideas on Afghanistan, the troop withdrawel from Iraq, the tyre pressures etc, but when do you give your own original plans?

    August 6, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. Tom B.

    Lets discuss, McCain was a decorated veteran in his youth while Obama was smoking dope. McCain has many years of experience while Obama has non. McCain has a stellar career record while Obama has a history of radical/racists connections. Clear choice to me.

    August 6, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. well dang

    People said they didn't know anything about him, so the media decided to thrust him front and center. Now that we're all saturated with Obama news, the media reports that people don't want to know more about him.

    You can't have it both ways.

    August 6, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. Pat in Cali

    Let's face it. McCain is boring, boring, boring, boring and dull, dull, dull, dull and old, old, old news, same old stuff, we heard it all before, boring.

    August 6, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Realistic

    Obama lost this race in February when everyone found out about his 20 years in the nasty church and his spiritual advisor. He is wasting his time at this point. And, he does promote all of the media attention. Why didn't he just visit the troops instead of making it a big media hoop la? He stands on both sides of all issues and has relied on the race card to get him this far and people know this. Since he has changed his mind on vitually every issue I have to wonder aren't any of these issues important to the Obama fans? Will you stand by your candidate regardless of his stance on issues?

    Hopefully, this time next year he will be just a bad memory!

    August 6, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. The Watcher

    I think the candidate himself has to bear much of this blame. He is too showy. I know he wants the public to know more about him, but who is he really? Less show and more substance is the way to lasting popularity. These kids don't know anything just video games and Paris Hilton. If McCain would truly stick to the issues, give up these childish pranks and keep it civil, and just be the elder statesman that this country needs, he will win.

    August 6, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  9. LLM from MD

    I love the coverage. I love seeing the media contradict themselves day after day just to keep ratings–it's sad. I'd love for the country to see McShame for who he is-a woman hater–he grew up during the woman bashing years. He doesn't even respect the one he has-WET "T" CONTEST!!! Is it me or does she looks like a woman scorn-is Johnny beating her with that "little" arm of his during his POW flashbacks!!!

    August 6, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  10. jp

    polls? are you kidding me? you actually think people give any creedence to polling numbers?
    we all know polls are used to manipulate public opinion. Thankfully Polls are becoming more and more worthless. Recent polling shows ... come on fellas. That does not work any more. Surely you have figured it out by now.

    August 6, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. dr. yes we can

    your title is completely misleading as to the articles contents.stop making my head spin.

    August 6, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. Peter of Oregon

    I agree, the Media has been focusing the vast majority of their coverage in attempting to portray Barack Obama in a negative light.

    Either that or they write tabloid articles regarding him and his family.

    Barack Obama has no friend in the media, who are owned by the wealthy and well connected that'd be hurt by an Obama administration.

    August 6, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  13. fella from Chicago

    I would like to see the media take a vacation from both Senators and start back up when the conventions begin and then the debates next month. Enough already of covering both campaigns frivolous ads most of which are without substance.

    August 6, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  14. BlackRussian

    may be if the media focused on McCain more all they would have is misstakes and blunders that's too much like right.

    August 6, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. elb

    Why do some Hillary supporters persist in saying Obama was "forced" on them and now they're in the terrible position of "having to choose" between Obama and McCain? This is the way democracy works, folks! I was and am a Hillary supporter, but there just weren't enough of us out there this time. It's not Obama's fault Hillary lost the nomination; she just didn't win enough votes–super-delegate or otherwise.

    August 6, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  16. WOW - Cedar Hill, TX

    Get over it! This is great press for Obama....

    Obama 08/12

    August 6, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  17. linda n carolina

    Marie in California: Was for Hillary, now for McCain...still sore after all this time. Vote for the guy who put his wife up for a topless contest...calls her "c **t. Women all over america will thank you. Don't say it's all about policy, no one will buy that. Just admit your a sore loser and out to show " A woman scorned......."

    August 6, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  18. Willy

    We need more Obama shoved down our throats by the liberal media. How about an Obama Idol talent show, Obama hot cakes, Obama TV's, Obama Talk show, Obama parent trap move with Nancy Pelsoi & Harry reid as the parents, Hey, Hey were The Obama's,! No I think we don't get enough....

    August 6, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  19. Tom, Houston, TX.

    Too much of anything is not good. Media wants attention and they think Obama is an easy bait. Ultimately it is going to hurt Obama in the polls.

    August 6, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  20. Lee in Illinois

    I am so sick of Obama, Obama, Obama !!!!!!!

    Can't wait till this worthless election is over. No matter if McCain or Obama wins our country in going down the drain even farther !!!!!!!!

    They are both useless and not capable of running a lemonade stand let alone a country !!!

    August 6, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  21. Peter of Oregon

    I'd like to see more articles about McCain's history. The Keating 5 fiasco, his prior marriage and why it ended in divorce. His early military record starting with when he was a student at the academy...

    August 6, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  22. B J

    Pay a little less of both of them. All of this started too early this time around. I am pretty tired of both of them.

    August 6, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  23. Dan , TX

    As an Obama supporter I would love to see more coverage of McCain. People need to see just how ill prepared McCain is to lead our country in a world that McCain just is incapable of comprehending.

    Let's give the educated intelligent person a chance to be president, rather than the person who did not take advantage of their educational opportunities, like McCain.

    Knowledge is power. McCain doesn't have any.

    August 6, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  24. Adriana Birmingham, AL

    They should sho wmore McCain so everyone will know how little he knows about the issues, I mean all issues, the economy and foreign affairs, which is supposed to be his strong suit. Then everyone will know who is "riskier".

    August 6, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  25. Q

    And the polls urban or rural residents....these numbers mean nothing as usual just pollsters fleecing their clients

    Britney 08/ Dave Chappell 08

    August 6, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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