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Americans angry with Obama over gas prices

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than two-thirds of Americans disapprove of the way President Barack Obama is handling high gasoline prices, although most do not blame him for them, according to a Reuters/Ipsos online poll released on Tuesday.

Sixty-eight percent disapprove and 24 percent approve of how Obama is responding to price increases that have become one of the biggest issues in the 2012 presidential campaign.

In the past month, U.S. fuel prices have jumped about $0.30 per gallon to about $3.90 and the Republicans seeking to replace the Democrat in the November 6 election have seized upon the issue to attack his energy policies.


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Americans angry with Obama over gas prices

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than two-thirds of Americans disapprove of the way President Barack Obama is handling high gasoline prices, although most do not blame him for them, according to a Reuters/Ipsos online poll released on Tuesday.

Sixty-eight percent disapprove and 24 percent approve of how Obama is responding to price increases that have become one of the biggest issues in the 2012 presidential campaign.

In the past month, U.S. fuel prices have jumped about $0.30 per gallon to about $3.90 and the Republicans seeking to replace the Democrat in the November 6 election have seized upon the issue to attack his energy policies.

The disapproval reaches across party lines, potentially spelling trouble for Obama in the election, although the online survey showed voters hold oil companies or foreign countries more accountable than politicians for the price spike.

"Obama is getting heat for it but people aren't necessarily blaming him for it," said Chris Jackson, research director for Ipsos public affairs.

Majorities of Republicans, Democrats and independents all disapprove of the president's handling of gas prices, according to the online poll of 606 Americans conducted March 26-27.

Eighty-nine percent of Republicans said they disapproved, as did 52 percent of Democrats and 73 percent of independents.

"People are unhappy that they are having to pay $3.90 a gallon. They want somebody to be able to lash out at and the president is as good a person as anybody," Jackson said. U.S. President Barack Obama pauses during a meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev before the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul March 26, 2012. REUTERS/Larry DowningEnlarge Photo

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Obama’s Solicitor General Donald Verrilli ties health care law d

The Obama Administration's top lawyer told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that the health reforms Mitt Romney signed into law in Massachusetts helped inspired the president's controversial health care overhaul — that Romneycare shaped Obamacare.

With the law's fate in the balance, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli told the nine justices that the individual mandate — the requirement that people have health insurance or pay a penalty — was constitutional and slapped down other options such as requiring that individuals buy insurance when they go to get health care.

"That will never work. Congress understood that. It chose the means that will work, the means that it saw worked in the states, and in the state of Massachusetts, and that it had every reason to think would work on a national basis," Verrilli said as he wrapped up his arguments on the second of three days of Supreme Court hearings on the law.


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