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

    I've had about enough of both of them until the debates.

    August 6, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. John from LA

    Overexposed???-you bet-sounds like a celebrity to me-as an indep. it's quite funny to see this whole thing play out-this political race has gone on far too long-the media picked this Pres.-too bad!

    August 6, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. Mike G

    I believe Obama has been in the media's spotlight too much, but only because the media have have unfairly targeted him. Why are no hard questions being asked of McCain? Why is no one grilling him about his checkered past dealing with lobbyists, corruption allegations, his marital infidelities, his policy flip-flops, or his temper tantrums? No one knows anything about this guy. It's like he was plucked from Hanoi and placed right in the middle of the presidential race.

    August 6, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. CW4Barack

    The Repugs. better be happy that not too many people are seeing their candidate with all the stupid blunders he has been making....but don't worry, even though the press has been covering and protecting him....his chickens will soon come home to roost and people will see what a true Bush/Rove/Cheney clone he is!

    Barack the vote people!

    August 6, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. Tennisguypitt

    I agree 100%! Let's see more of McBush's gaffes!

    Obama '08

    August 6, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. Thomas Still For Hillary


    August 6, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. JP

    Of course Obama gets more media coverage the media is still trying to figure out what stands for since his positions on the issues change by the moment.

    August 6, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. MiddleAmerica

    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..

    August 6, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. ANGIE

    Thats right i am an obama supporter and I agree the media gives mccain a free ride his gaffes his flip flops etc the media has obama under a telescope!! Its about time the media does focus on mccain!! mccain mishaps are looked over obamas reported for days

    August 6, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. Not being fooled

    Not enough coverage of John McCain? You mean watching the senator for the last 35 years in this country's political scene hasn't been enough? Personally I would think he would be grateful for the lack of coverage if I were Senator McCain given his propensity for angry outbursts and horrific public speaking skills.

    August 6, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  11. W Allmond

    The reason for that is simple Senator Obama is new to the prcess. The next fact is this the media spends so much time trying to breakdown the Senator"s points of policy. Also the fact the Senator McCain is old as the hills and we see so much of him as is with the reruns of his pow status, which is old history too. The media have to sell something new or the Madison Ave. people will not buy add time.

    August 6, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  12. Susan

    Hey CNN, then why not stop doing your incessant daily polls? DUH!!!

    August 6, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  13. Latinos for Obama

    It "seems" that some Americans might hear too much about Obama only because McCain has spent his entire campaign trying to condemn him. On the other hand, the reason people have not heard much on McCain is because he has nothing to offer America but another Bush term.

    August 6, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  14. Lisa

    Yes i've seen enough of the empty suit, inexperienced, scared to debate, Jr. Senator, have to rob and cheat to win the election, fraud from Chicago.

    August 6, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  15. syl parbe

    The news organizations should take note. It is a sad commentary on journalism in the US that the people should think that the media is in Obama's pocked. Democracy is not well served by this one sided coverage. During the primaries, Hillary Clinton was also disadvantaged by the media coverage. The reputations of many news organizations and journalists will suffer when academic research is done on the coverage of the US presidential election.

    August 6, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  16. Stephina

    I am so sick of seeing and hearing Obama

    I can't wait for November when McCain wins and Obama goes away !!!!

    August 6, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  17. v.a.

    i agree. i love barack but i think it's time to put mccain in the spotlight so we can watch as he crashes and burns... kind of like the 5 planes he crashed.

    August 6, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  18. Obama 08

    If it appears that the media has been covering Barack more it's because the media has been protecting McC**t from himself by not broadcasting all his blunders, gaffes, and rediculousness. In contrast, they cover everything Barack says hoping he'll make a fool of himself like McC**t does, without the luxury of having the media censure him.

    August 6, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. Rob indetroit

    I agree i for one would like to see more coverage of John MCbush; his connection to Keating 5, A womans right to choose, Voting with Bush 98 percent of time, and having all those memory losses or is he lying which is even worse. sounds to me like he along with his wife is too risky. DRUGPROBLEM STEALING, and ADULTRY.

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

    McCain is not getting air time because he is boring and not intelligent. He is unable to put a sentence together.

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

    So, you poll 1000 Americans and what they say
    is equal to what the entire nation as a whole
    would say? Give me a break.

    Seriously, stop with these polls. They're misleading.
    1000 people? That's a drop in the bucket.

    Only one poll matters. The General Election.
    And get used to seeing Obama – he's your
    next President, whether you like it or not.

    August 6, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  22. Cathy

    The same people that say they've seen to much of Obama are probably the same people who say they don't know who Obama is or what he stands for....huh?!?!?!

    Obama is all over the media...but he's talking about issues important to America. Anyone that says they don't know Obama or know how he stands must not have a TV, read the newpaper or search the internet.

    I've been following ths election for 15 months now and I know what type of man McCain and Obama is and what each stand for...and that's why I'm voting for Obama!

    Obama has the leadership to get America back on track!!!!

    August 6, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  23. Joe Regis

    It is summer time, how come so many people are tuned in.

    I am suprised that they are still supporting McCain who seeks to continue the Bush failed policies.

    Democrats will get America back on track.

    August 6, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. Steve


    After 8 years of Bush and 26 of McSurge this is hard to believe. Seems as if this country is destine to forever deny it's greatness by putting their ignorance first. After listening to illiterate like McSurge and the moron in the White House over the last few years and months, it is such an uplifting and wonderful feeling to hear Obama speeches. Especially after listening to McSurge yesterday. He was HORRIBLE, lost and confused. Yes! he's just what AMERICA needs. Another DUMMY in the White House.......Words does matter no matter what Hillery and the other illiterates say. MLK proved that in spades.

    August 6, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  25. Stuart

    I see more of him everyday than I do my own wife. The media is in love.

    August 6, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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