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. Elaine in Atlanta

    Simple! because he is better looking to look at. why would anyone wants to look at an old wrinkled man.

    August 6, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. joe hollins

    then stop Leading every night wh your lame stories of or about Obama cnn is losing it, if you didnt have Obama and his "Problem" you could draw views, you know the Obama Wite foke problem Obama Hillary suporter Proble Obama White women Problem Obama hispanic Problem Obama can't close the Deal Problem, Obma Poll Problem. you Guys need Obama if he wasnt there you could fill Air time

    August 6, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. Joe Unger (San Francisco)

    This was predicted by many some time ago.
    The Obamamania frenzy is due to our culture's love of something new.
    Like pet rocks, the Macarena, Who let the dogs out and the Paris HIlton reality show, Obamamania took the country by storm. However, as always happens, people get bored and the frenzy ebbs away. This bodes ill for Obama since he quite cunningly fed this frenzy with his basketball, fistbumps, Jay-Z references and shouts of change.
    Over the next few months, Obama is going to have to stand on his feet and face the public with more substantive behavior and that doesn't mean more backtracking on what he really stands for.
    Actually, I believe it was Tony Snow who last said this, before he died. It was part of an interivew on CNN, if I recall correctly.

    August 6, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. cheryl kovats

    I'm on Obama overload and I'm a democrat.

    August 6, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. Larry

    Blame the 24/7 news cycle for Sen. Obama's overkill coverage.
    For example, if I see or hear Cameron Brown raising more questions about Obama, I will be puking out my door. To the talking heads crowd: take a chill pill, give it a break. Americans are smart enough to know who to vote for, and we can hardly wait, after nearly eight years of the worst adminstration in our nation's history. So shut the heck up, and talk about the Olympics instead.

    August 6, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  6. Angela Frazier, Memphis TN

    Personally, I've had enough of ALL of it! McCain may have less coverage, but what coverage he has had is more discouraging and childish. Most of it has NOTHING to do with the issues at hand!

    August 6, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. Peggy Robson

    I have had enough of Obama, the news is full of him and jabs at McCain. No coverage of McCain and over the top for Obama...really sad that in America the media can make one candidate a rock star and totaly either ignore or make the butt of their jokes the other candidate. Obama will fall out of favor with the American people just as fast as he gained it...he is inexperienced and arrogant but as long as the media glorifies him and defiles McCain the unfair and unbalanced will reign. It is childish and ridiculous. Nothing more than a popularity contest.

    August 6, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  8. Don of Fairfax

    What the poll really meant is the American public has heard enough from the Obama "suck-ups" or as I so lovingly refer to them as the Dumocraps.

    Vote McCain in 08

    August 6, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. FL4Obama

    McCain is partially responsible by contributing much of his attention on Obama.

    When McCain uses his donors' money to make mockery of their daughter and sacrilegious references focusing on his opponent, some people may get turned off and try to look beyond that presence in this race.

    In contrast, Obama has created excitement and inspiration in this election by his historical accomplishments. It may not be surprising that type of positive interest could get more attention. Obama '08

    August 6, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. EMJ

    Were is the vetting of Johnny McCain?????? Obama gets more coverage because he is energetic while McCain (my friends) puts people to sleep. Let me guess, the press reporting too much on Obama is Obama's fault right? uh-huh. Besides more than half the media stories about Obama that keeps him in the news are stories the repug throw out there or Ogam

    August 6, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  11. Rose

    CNN–are you on a witch hunt today??? Is this the best you can do? More idiotic polls.

    Obama is so much more DYNAMIC and INTELLIGENT than John McCain, of course he would generate more news! This is apparently a NO-BRAINER that has obviously escaped your editors.

    Can anyone REALLY listen to one of John McCain's speeches without either falling asleep or switching channels?

    CNN you need to go and find some REAL NEWS to report. Pathetic.

    August 6, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. Sherry in Kentucky

    There has been so much focus on Obama that we aren't hearing as much about the McCain gaffes, etc. We are all paying attention to every little move by Obama, but missing a lot of mistakes and mediocracy in the McCain campaign. I think Obama should pick Hillary and announce at the convention. I think it would blow the roof off. . . and that's coming from an Obama supporter that was not happy with Hillary in the primary. . .

    August 6, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. Oh Shut Up Maurice


    August 6, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  14. Freida, NYC

    I too, had enough of this love affair between Obama and the media. ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!

    August 6, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  15. Jay from New Jersey

    Wow, that headline was a no-brainer!

    It is crazy that Obama says he is still the underdog.

    August 6, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  16. Mike

    Obama will not allow McCain to syphon off free publicity, by drawing him into obviously staged "pro McCain" town halls. Where the republicans can stack the place with McCain surrogates to lob mortars at Obama and softballs at McCain.

    Obama is showing great political savy and fortitude by not letting McCain draw him into these McCain photo-ops. If he wants air time let him pay for it.

    Why do you think he has gone more and more negative? He can't compete with Obama in fundraising and he needs to have a medium to spread his incoherant message.

    But I would like for McCain to be scrutinized in the same manner as Obama...... that would be great TV!

    August 6, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  17. Becky Montgomery

    The reason is that the media is protecting McCain and is not showing all his gaffes. He has made numerous, serious gaffes about major issues. He doesn't get on tv because it would show how incompetent he is.

    August 6, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  18. Safety & Comfort

    So as long as McCain and Obama throw out an equal amount of ads, the media can talk more about Obama and feel they aren't showing favoritism.

    August 6, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  19. ClintonDem4Cynthia08

    4get Obama.. VOTE 4 Cynthia instead! Cynthia McKinney for President in 2008

    August 6, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  20. Jill-IN

    Funny article. I have been thinking lately we have been seeing far far too much of John McCain and Cindy. We are getting so tired of seeing him every night and hearing the pundits that we are watching more movies and tuning out more until the conventions.

    August 6, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  21. rachel

    Yes way too much Obama, put at least he seems to have stopped feeling to make a speech to tell us simpletons how wrong we are on Race, patrisiom, and what ever else we don't know.

    August 6, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  22. SwMom

    seems the airwaves are full of Obama.. not even giving McCain a chance.. guess the media chooses our presidents now.

    August 6, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. Diane

    SEEN and HEARD too much– enough is enough!!

    NObama–NOway '08

    August 6, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  24. joe

    If Senator Obama has been covered to much it was because the media couldn't stop with the negative stories to tell on him over and over. If he did or said something right or good it got mentioned only once or twiced. Go figure................

    August 6, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. ARB

    It doesn't matter....we're all screwed no matter who gets into office thanks to good ole President Bush.

    August 6, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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