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. KE

    Senator Barack Obama wants to be a symbol. Presidents and Prime ministers are not a symbol (not supposed to).

    August 6, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  2. Tejano

    The Republicans need to be careful with Obama. They cannot afford to take him out of the running before he gets the "Official" Nomination in Denver. They run the risk that the Democrats will put someone else
    to run against McCain and this will make it difficult to win in November.

    So thread lightly so that we don't damage the poor candidate so much.

    August 6, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. Coolbreeze Hussein

    Lisa August 6th, 2008 4:09 pm ET

    Why hasn't Obama debated Mccain yet?

    Why does McCain have to set the timetable? Sen. Obama does not have to jump just because McCain says so. Give me a break! I think BO is man enough to stand on his own. The question is, "Why hasn't McCain done what he said he would do and run a civil campaign"? Another flip or flop or gaffe or whatever you would want to label it.

    August 6, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. Ollie In Augusta

    Give me a break!! Who are these people being polled? The guy is the underdog, comes out of nowhere to win the nomination and has a ton of inaccurate things being said about him because people don't know him. Solution, travel around and meet the people. He does that and does it well. Now, people have a problem with that?

    August 6, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. Fred


    I can't wait until Obama disappears into obscurity in November.

    No more arrogant name calling.

    No more ignorant blog posters.

    Just a good president. President McCain.

    Ahhh. Maybe I'll just turn off my TV and PC and wait until it happens.

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

    why do cnn continue to down pay the polls obama is the new guy on the scene yet he is up and that is a good thing. Why is McCain not leading that is the million dollar question he claims to have the experience.

    August 6, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. RealityKing

    No. We are most certainly not seeing equal time of our presidential candidates. The progressive media is making sure of that by focusing on their liberal candidate of choice, regardless of the mindless topic. The elite progressives evidently feel that Americans need to be led by the noses to their messiah. But we are not fooled. And we will not forget about the lose of credibility within these biased news organizations. CNN included..

    August 6, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. TyWebb

    Regardless of which candidate, the bottom line is this total campaign "show" has gone on way too long – and there's still three months left!

    August 6, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. Mike, TX

    I'm still waiting to see the press headlines on Obama's eating habits. The press' love affair with this guy is irresponsible.

    August 6, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. Veteran in Kansas

    Actually, I have seen way to much of McCain crying that he is not getting the coverage that Obama has received, if McCain wants more coverage, let him do something news worthy other than cry about coverage.

    August 6, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. jen

    Congrats CNN you have now become an official Obama hate site due to your anti Obama pro McCain reporting. Like ABC you set up the articles with headlines inviting the hate from conservative morons.

    August 6, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. jerry

    When a clip or commercial of Obama appears ,I must run from the room.That is one ugly man and thru some twist he were to be elected,God save us

    August 6, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. Sherry, Atlanta

    Honestly America...'You Can't Blame that on Senator Obama'!!!

    August 6, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. Change

    not this american

    August 6, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. Ryan, New York, NY

    I'd love for the media to focus more on McCain instead of Obama all the time. McCain's screwups that frequently go uncovered by the mainstream media would ensure his defeat.

    August 6, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. Margaret Anderson

    People don't know what they want. First they complain they don't know Obama and now they have seen him in the news too much. I have never seen a candidate who cannot win no matter what he does. He is too black, not black enough, too skinny, too young. Give the man a break, he is trying to move the country in a new direction and people fight him every step of the way.

    Boise, Idaho

    August 6, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  17. Conan

    What? No Ralph Nader?

    August 6, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  18. James

    Yet another pointless, speculative, non-sequitor based article about how Obama is perceived by what the Corporate Media defines as the general public.


    August 6, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. FYI

    First they complain that they dont know much about Obama, now it's we see him too much....

    Too many people with Attention Deficit Disorders?

    I do agree on not seeing to much of McCain though. Most of the time it is just the media criticizing Obama. How about exposing McCain and all the BS that he tries to pull off? The original Maverick? Give me a break! You should have said "Was the original maverick" instead. I would have voted for you 2 terms ago but too bad you decided to sell out big time.

    Oh, and Tucker Bounds is a moron for thinking that the Paris Response ad was an endorsement for McCain. Either you are delusional or just plain stupid not to figure out that it was a blow back from trying to get someone involved that is irrelevant to the issues that you should be discussing with the American people instead.

    Obama 08'

    Paris, thank you for exposing how pathetic the McCain campaign is.

    August 6, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. Becky

    I would like to see less of McCain and his childish and negative tactics, that's for sure.

    August 6, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. R.I.F.

    We've been saying that for weeks. The media needs to pay less attention to Obama and more to the human GAFFE MACHINE – McCain. He gets away with everything. If Obama had of offered up his wife to a topless contest at a biker rally the media would still be running 24 hour coverage on the fallout.

    August 6, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. Mickie in PA

    Hmmmmm, let's see – could it be the republicans and PUMA (oh yeah, they are the republicans), are the ones who are tired of seeing Obama? Maybe because every time they show McCain it's a new misstatement. I would like them to show more of the real McShame (both sides of him).

    August 6, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  23. MikenMississippi

    I agree...all I can say also is that without Hillary...NO THANKS!!!!!! Obama needs to wake up and see this and so does the democratic party....Obama has inflated himself to a god like status...this Hillary supporter is jumping over to McCain faster and faster!

    August 6, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. PGB

    To the people saying things like: "Still for Hill" and "rise Hillary rise" and "Hillary supporters for Mccain"

    Let me just think about this.

    You are so 'loyal' to your chosen candidate (Hillary Clinton) that you are doing the exact opposite of what she stands for? and even what she has said? Hillary has said she supports Obama for President. Hillary and Obama's platforms are about 95% identical.

    The only reason I can possibily come up with for a Hillary supporter not voting for Obama is racism. Even if you blame the media for being Pro-Obama (which it wasn't) or blame the media for being Sexist (which is possible) how are either of those Obama's fault? He sure doesn't control the media, if he did do you think you would have even heard the name 'Wright'?

    Obama got more delegates than Hillary (the ONLY measure of victory) also he got more votes than Hillary. He won more States than Hillary and won by larger margins than Hillary. There is no reasonable way that the election was 'stolen' from Hillary. Especially since she started with a huge lead in money and superdelegates.

    So please Hillary supports who now support Mccain explain your logic here.

    August 6, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. Denise

    Obviously not...CNN often reports that many people claim to know nothing about him. So I take it that somebody is sampling the wrong folk.

    BTW...McBush camp is deliberately telling lies...i.e. Obama is afraid to debate him, Obama has no energy plan, Obama will raise all taxes...blah, blah, blah. The are blatant LIES...I watch them both at their town hall meetings via streaming live.
    Be informed.

    August 6, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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