[Guest post by DRJ]
A new Pew Research Center poll confirms many Americans believe Barack Obama has had too much press and it may be hurting his popularity:
“By a margin of 76% to 11% respondents in Pew’s weekly News Interest Index survey named Obama over McCain as the candidate they have heard the most about in recent days. But the same poll also shows that the Democratic candidate’s media dominance may not be working in his favor. Close to half (48%) of Pew’s interviewees went on to say that they have been hearing too much about Obama lately. And by a slight, but statistically significant margin – 22% to 16% – people say that recently they have a less rather than more favorable view of the putative Democratic nominee.”
Republicans are more likely to say they want to hear less about Obama, although 51% of independents felt they had heard too much and almost a third of Democrats agreed.
When it comes to advertising, almost 60% of Republicans and Democrats say they have seen a commercial for the candidates. Approximately a third of the respondents from both parties viewed Obama’s message as largely positive and McCain’s as largely negative.