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. Rudy NYC

    Wow, the US is full of dummies. They don't get it, do they?

    The reason you hear so much about Obama is because the other politicians are talking about him, too. Obama was a big story during the primary season. Most did not know who he was. Obama was higher ratings.

    I guess the media coverage is Obama's fault, too. He is being scrutinized more than any other presidential candidate in US history. I wonder why.

    August 6, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. 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.

    August 6, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. Tenderfoot

    All I have to say is McCain looks like Blofeld in this picture.

    August 6, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. Mike in MN

    I couldn't agree more. Hears to seeing the last of Obama after November 7th.

    Vote McCain!!!!!

    August 6, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. luke

    Americans are bigots.

    That's another word for racists; only it applies to individuals instead of institutions.

    Obama is a great candidate. So is McCain. The main difference is that Obama's campaign is clearly better managed.

    August 6, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. Kelby from Houston, TX

    Why isn't CNN posting any of my comments today? Am I too edgy and real for ya? What's the matter? Ya can't handle it? I'M JUST KEEPIN IT REAL!

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

    thank goodness someone noticed! i'm on the internet practically all day and obama now has a place even in my soup! he's EVERYWHERE! and no, i'm not voting for him but i don't remember any candidate's photo being plastered in the media to this extent!!! ENOUGH!!!

    August 6, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. Mike PA

    I get the majority of my news from the Daily Show and The Colbert Report. And I think there coverage of each cantidate is equal, fair and accurate.

    August 6, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. Anyone but these 2

    Too much Obama, too much McCain, and NOT NEARLY ENOUGH BARR, NADER, AND MCKINNEY! We deserve to see the other options, especially given that the two major ones are so bad this year.

    August 6, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. Huh?

    Well, mccain brings all the excitement of watching a corpse decompose – can't imagine why his coverage was limited.

    C'mon, mccain is the constant here – why isn't he double-digits ahead of Obama?

    Easy answer...McCain is a horribly weak candidate. The more folks know about him, the less inclined they'll be to vote for him. I think McCain would be served better if he quit his whining.

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


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

    MORE, More. OBAMA 0/8

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

    What we've had enough of is bloviating, pontificating know-it-alls from the press trying to hyper-analyze and digest every stupid detail and distill it all down to a moronic, bite-size level.

    Quit interpreting the news so much and just report it. And for god's sake, can ANY of you dig even just a tiny bit deeper than the cheap and obvious?

    August 6, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  14. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    That poll is just another inaccurate one! Sour grapes!

    August 6, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  15. jfs Memhis, Tn

    I think the candidates and the voters could all use a two week vacation. THE OLYMPICS !!!!!

    Go Obama

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

    I would love to see more of the "true" McCain. The media has let him get away with a number of glossed over gaffes. McCain makes Bush look smart.

    August 6, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  17. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    CNN are you and politico, owned by the same people? Why is just Obama's name mentioned in the title? Should it not also be mccain too?

    August 6, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  18. Vicki Webster

    Hillary Hillary please do not support him and come back and do a fast run for the white house. Believe me we need you. We want you and Bill in the white house again. Not the others two bozos

    August 6, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  19. Len in Washington

    Polls, Polls,Polls...

    99% of Americans think we've seen too many polls.

    stop, stop, stop!

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

    As much as I hate to say it and me being an Obama supporter, he has been in the spotlight more. But that is not his fault. It is the media's.

    All of a sudden the media realized that people of color did have a voice and a lot of opinions. They realized they are normal everyday people who despite the garbage constantly thrown on them they still survive. They're more than the one handcuffed on the late evening news or some foul mouthed rapper. They're blue collar and white collar workers who care about making ends meet like their white counterparts.

    Senator Obama has brought some semblance of balance back to African-American identity that shows the mainstream, they're human just like everyone else, but have a different view of American Life.

    If you want this circus to stop, why not adopt the British rules of elections and not talk or publish a thing until after Labor Day which would be good for all of us.

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

    Plus, you know why I'm afraid if Senator McCain does have debates with my boy??? I'm afraid he's gonna agree with him on certain times! LOL!!!! Trust me, tha'ts the last thing a Conservative wants to see, LOL!!!!

    August 6, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  22. Kevin, Little Rock

    Well this should be a hint to the mainstream media to start doing their job and talk about McCain's gaffes and flip-flops and not always trying to follow Obama 24/7 expecting him to make a mistake and the same day after day saying: People still don't who Obama is, Do he need Hillary on the ticket, Why is Obama not doing better in the polls, blah, blah, blah.

    August 6, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  23. Joe G

    I'm sick of the sight of him.

    August 6, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. Marj,Paso Robles, Cal

    Finally, a poll I can believe in.

    August 6, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  25. No Way

    Naw, I haven't seen too much of him.
    I hit OFF on the remote whenever his face appears.

    He will never make it to the White House – Arrogant SOB

    August 6, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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