Half of Americans See McCain, Obama as Change Agents

By Melanie Hunter-Omar | September 12, 2008 | 11:54 AM EDT

(CNSNews.com) – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama hasn’t cornered the market on change, according to the latest Gallup poll.
Republican presidential candidate John McCain was successful in convincing voters that he would change the way the government works with his selection of Washington outsider Gov. Sarah Palin as a running mate.
Obama convinced 59 percent of independent voters polled that he would be an effective change agent, compared to McCain, who had 52 percent of independents convinced he would be effective at change.

Among upper class voters, Obama tied McCain in how effective he would be at changing the way Washington works, while Obama lead McCain, 10 to 14 points, among middle and lower class voters on the same issue.
While Democrats and Republicans were loyal to their respective candidates when it came to the economy, more than two in three independents believed Obama and McCain would be able to handle economic issues.
The survey was based on telephone interviews with 1,022 adults nationwide from Sept, 5 to 7 with a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.