McCain Supporters Say Experience; Obama Supporters Say Change, Poll Says

By Melanie Hunter-Omar | September 16, 2008 | 12:34 PM EDT

( – Supporters of GOP presidential candidate John McCain are more likely to vote for him for his experience and qualifications, while 37 percent of supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama are voting for “change,” a recent Gallup poll found.
Other reasons Obama supporters cited were his ability to handle the economy, agreement with his values or issues, the voters’ tendency to vote Democratic, Obama’s support for the working and middle classes, his plan for the war in Iraq, and his honesty.
Only three percent of McCain supporters cite “change” as the reason they are voting for the Republican nominee, despite McCain’s emphasis on change in his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. “We need to change the way government does almost everything,” he said.
Ten percent of McCain’s supporters are planning to vote for him because of his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and four percent mention that McCain is a maverick and goes against the party.
Also, 27 percent of those polled cited McCain’s experience as their reason for voting for him, while 18 percent mention his ability to handle terrorism and national security. Supporters also cited his honesty, choice of Palin as a running mate, the respondent’s tendency to vote Republican, and McCain’s military background.