Saturday, August 9, 2008

'Obama Fatigue' Could Follow Avalanche of News Coverage

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By Kevin Whitelaw

A new poll finds voters might be beginning to tire of Obama's high media profile

Barack Obama's rock-star status has helped him gobble up the lion's share of the media attention so far in this campaign, but a new poll shows that "Obama fatigue" may be starting to set in with many voters.

Nearly half of Americans say that they have been hearing "too much" about Obama lately, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

While a wide majority of Republicans unsurprisingly say that they have heard too much about the Illinois senator, 51 percent of independents agree, along with as many as a third of Democrats.

Almost everybody seems to think that Obama is getting the greater part of the attention. The poll found that more than three quarters of the public reports having heard more about Obama in the past week or so than about McCain.

There is one massive media event on the horizon that could, at least briefly, sideline some of the campaign coverage. The Olympic Games start Friday in China.

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