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“In September 2008, far more voters (72 percent) said they were satisfied with the presidential choices that year,” the researchers say. Democratic voters remain a little happier than Republicans at this point: Two-thirds of Democrats say they’re currently satisfied with the presidential field, compared with 57 percent of Republicans and 45 percent of independents.

DECISIONS, DECISIONS

“I am exercising the glorious liberty that an independent has — to not make up one’s mind until one goes into the booth to vote.”

(Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut independent, addressing his own indecision about the presidential race in a conversation with C-SPAN.)

ONE FOR NEIL

The moon and the ocean have a new link. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Monday that the very first “Armstrong-class Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research ship” will be named Neil Armstrong for the first man to walk on the moon and a naval aviator who flew 80 combat missions during the Korean War. Armstrong’s widow, Carol, will serve as the ship’s sponsor.

The handsome vessel — under construction for the next two years in Anacortes, Wash. — will be 238 feet long and boast acoustic equipment that can map the deepest oceans, as well as having onboard laboratories and a patriotic paint scheme in red, white and blue. That sounds about right.

POLL DU JOUR

• 47 percent of Americans say there is “too much” government regulation of business and industry.

• 77 percent of Republicans, 25 percent of Democrats and 46 percent of independents agree.

• 26 percent say there is “too little” regulation of business and industry.

• 9 percent of Republicans, 42 percent of Democrats and 24 percent of independents agree.

• 24 percent say there is “the right amount” of regulation.

• 12 percent of Republicans, 32 percent of Democrats and 26 percent of independents agree.

Source: A Gallup poll of 1,017 U.S. adults conducted Sept. 6-9 and released Monday.

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