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Voters still have feelings of discontent

Despite a Republican takeover of the House this year, voter discontent with the federal government and the leaders of the two main political parties remains high, a new poll shows.

A new Rasmussen Reports survey finds that 69 percent of likely voters remain at least somewhat angry with the current policies of the federal government, up from 65 percent in August. Only 25 percent don’t share that anger.

The findings include 38 percent who said they were “very angry,” compared with only 12 percent who said they were “not at all angry.”

In Rasmussen surveys since September 2009, those “angry” at the government has ranged from 66 percent to 75 percent, while those who said they were “very angry” has run from 33 percent to 46 percent.

The survey also showed that 57 percent of voters said neither Republican nor Democratic political leaders have a good understanding of what is needed today, while 28 percent disagree. Fifteen percent said they were undecided.

The national telephone survey of 1,000 likely voters was taken Saturday and Sunday. The margin of error is plus/minus 3 percentage points.

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GOP lawmaker defends Obama

Rep. Duncan Hunter, a California Republican and Marine combat veteran who served tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, says President Obama made the right choice in attacking Libya to impose a no-fly zone and aid rebels seeking to overthrow Col. Moammar Gadhafi.

“President Barack Obama made a decision that is consistent with his role as commander-in-chief, in fact, a judgment that conformed to calls from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle,” Mr. Hunter wrote in an op-ed in the San Diego Union-Tribune last weekend.

Mr. Hunter said the president did abide by the War Powers Resolution, countering the charges of other members of Congress that the president exceeded his authority in approving the mission. Mr. Hunter said the sort of consultation and debate members of Congress wanted would have meant losing the element of surprise and jeopardizing the mission.

Congress was gone on a 10-day vacation when Mr. Obama gave the go-ahead for military strikes on Libya. Two days after those attacks began, he sent Congress a letter informing lawmakers of his decision, which is in accordance with the War Powers Resolution.

Still, some lawmakers are irked that the administration discussed details of the operations with foreign allies and NATO, though not with Congress itself.

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