Barack Obama may
be the fresh face in this year's presidential election,
but nearly half say they're already tired of hearing about
him, a poll says.
With Election Day
still three months away, 48% said they're hearing too
much about the Democratic candidate, according to a poll
released Wednesday by the nonpartisan Pew Research
Center. Just 26% said the same about his Republican
rival, John McCain.
47-year-old Illinois senator who would become the first
black president, has dominated political news coverage
much of the year. According to an ongoing Pew study,
Obama has appeared in more news stories this year and
more people say they have heard more about him than
McCain, the longtime Arizona senator who also ran for
president in 2000.
Two thirds of
Republicans and about half of independents said they've
heard too much about Obama, as did a third of Democrats, a
At the same time,
nearly four in 10 said they've been hearing too little
about McCain -- about four times the number who said so
about Obama. About half of Republicans, four in 10
independents, and even a quarter of Democrats said
they've not heard enough about the GOP candidate.
The poll was
conducted August 1-4 and involved telephone
interviews with 1,004 adults. It had a margin of
sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.