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. maurice

    All I have to say is without Hillary I say no thanks
    to Obama!

    August 6, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. Sane John


    How funny is it that CNN goes NEWS NEWS NEWS NEWS NEWS and then says "Hey, everybody is saying there's too much NEWS NEWS NEWS NEWS NEWS!"

    August 6, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. Lisa

    Why is Obama only two points ahead in the gallup poll?

    August 6, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. Michelle, PA

    About the only thing about Obama the MSM hasn't covered, criticized, analyzed and nitpicked is the color of his underwear. (CNN, that was NOT a suggestion!!!!)

    Can we see the same level of analysis given to McCain please? I realize he's as exciting as drying paint, but you might be surprised how energetic your viewers get when they see what's been flying just below the radar all this time.

    August 6, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  5. Tom Byron

    If McCain would just do something other than whine about Obama ... maybe he'd be seen more.

    He is about as interesting as a cold, wet, noodle.

    August 6, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Good used to it! After November 5th, you're going to see a whole lot more...Would you prefer having a "president" who runs the country from the shadoows like Shotgun Dick Cheney who only shows up when the moon is full???

    August 6, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. ProudToBeDemocrat

    There is nothing to show about Mccain he is a boring old man.

    August 6, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. P, CA

    The issue at stake here is that too many people on BOTH sides have closed minds. People are starting to be entrenched in their views and they are smothering the people who haven't made up their minds yet. And these indecisive people are confused because of the way the media's handling this.

    Obama's been out there SO MUCH because the MSM is bipolar when it comes to him, so there have really been three candidates: a) McCain, b) a positive Obama, with a lot of policy talk for people to ponder, c) a negative Obama, who has been the subject of a Hillary, then McCain, vetting witch-hunt and the MSM has bought into it.

    So now people need to realize that the negative Obama is being pumped new life daily by the McCain campaign and the MSM, but it's really their creation now; it's not a proponent of the REAL Obama. Stop confusing the people who haven't made up their minds and stick to the issues!!!

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE post, CNN. That would make two this past week.

    August 6, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. Rob

    So the majority of Democrats think the Obama media coverage is about right. And the Republicans think the Obama coverage is excessive. Earth Shattering news! Did someone actually pay to conduct this worthless Poll? Personally I hope the media covers McSurge more in the future. You do not need much exposure to McBush to see what a shallow ,greedy , pandering and nasty man that he really is.

    August 6, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. Rob

    the first black candidate . . . of course it's going to dominate the news

    August 6, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. judy, Wisconsin

    I think the media does frame the campaign by their coverage. It is in their interests to make sure the front runner is covered negatively to keep the race close enough so people will tune in the coverage. That's why we have seen so much of Obama (+he's dynamic and makes for good coverage.)

    McCain's mistakes and many gaffs are overlooked to keep people from seeing all his "senior moments." I hope they will really start covering McCain–he is not articulate and can't even remember a 2 part question. It's pitiful to watch him. Let's see a lot more of him.

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

    Well, when the Wizard of Odd does something that's worthy of television coverage, I'm sure the media will cover it.

    As it is, the only things he does are make terrible jokes, play frat-boy pranks, and misspeak. If he wants more coverage than he's already getting, I say let him have it.

    This guy's campaign is almost surreal in its ineptness and incompetence.

    August 6, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  13. Tim

    So much for all those people who claim they don't know enough about him.

    August 6, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  14. Beverly, NYC

    I can't believe this poll, there are people out there who want to see more of John McCain. Did these people really understand what was being asked?

    August 6, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  15. I'm shocked. SHOCKED.

    Makes sense considering every time there is McCain coverage it's because he's busy attacking Obama. Maybe he should...I don't know... talk about his own plans so that the media can cover that without necessarily having to bring Obama into it.

    August 6, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  16. Right Turn

    Gawd yes, he's so overplayed.

    August 6, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  17. CLINTON VP 08



    OBAMA (P) & CLINTON (VP) 2008-2014


    August 6, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  18. Canadian black & white man for Obama.

    CNNNNN. Where does McCain getting his support from when he can't fill op-odium?

    August 6, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  19. Sacto Joe

    Yeah, polls even called the election for Al Gore in 2000....

    CNN, try as you will, you can't pull this man down. Especially when you consider the alternative!

    August 6, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  20. fixbone

    see too much of OBama – amazing we have someone who has a lot to offer and alot to talk about instead of 3 word slogans – and we complain about it – what a sad commentary on the intelligence of the voting public. Complain about the election process – money and time – but don't attach that tot he candidates – either of them

    August 6, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. georgia independent

    I agree we need to see more McCain – every time I see him speak, I am once again trying to figure out how anyone with any sense at all could support him for anything other than the fact that he isn't Obama or a Democart? He sounds dumber than Bush!

    August 6, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  22. RDS

    So it's Obama's fault that the media is covering him and not McCain? I for one want them to cover McCain more b/c then they will see all his gaffes, flip flops, and really get to hear his policies. So go ahead give him more coverage!

    August 6, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  23. Jipseywoman

    Nobody asked me so your poll is fraud.

    August 6, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  24. C!

    TOO MUCH OBAMA? pffft.. yeaaaah right!

    No one wants to watch an old wrinkley Republican with a turkey neck spew out the same crap that Bush has been hackin' up for the past 7 and a half years...

    OBAMA `08!

    August 6, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  25. Coolbreeze Hussein

    I am one that has not seen enough about Sen. McCain. I hear a lot about what he endured as a POW but I want to know what he has done during his time as a senator. I would like to know more about his donors, acquaintances, and how he plans to get the US economy back on track.

    There has been a lot of investigating of Sen. Obama and I think I know who he is and what I believe he stands for. Most everything that MSM gives us is more negative and frankly lacks the evidence that shows him not "ready" to be POTUS. I really feel that since they can't find anything conclusive they will tend to keep searching. Please tell us what Sen. McCain has done to prove he is "ready" to be POTUS and get off of the POW crap, that is not enough! He appears to be a mean spirited individual and that is not a qualification.

    August 6, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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