``There's too much government regulation nowadays. I vote Republican because they tend to favor less federal controls.'' _ Peter Marchesi, 34, mortgage broker, Boston.

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``The Republicans I'm a little scared of. They seem to be big business oriented.'' _ Nicholas Miller, 30, shoe shiner and student, Portland, Ore.

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``This is not the time to be cutting taxes. I believe we do need to balance the budget but not if it means crippling the poor and the needy.'' _ Marion Pierce, 57, high school librarian, Gilmanton, N.H.

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``I am so disenchanted with the government right now that it makes it difficult for me to be interested in politics.'' _ Martha Bombel, 43, auto broker, Flint, Mich.

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``You can trust them as far as you can throw them _ which ain't far,'' said Ron Schott, a 33-year-old Pittsburgh cobbler. ``Their promises aren't always kept.''

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``I believe both parties could do more. I feel they should be able to work together and compromise.'' _ Beth Paxson, 35, Portland, Ore.

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``I don't believe them. Balance the budget? Balance the budget? I mean you know it's not going to happen.'' _ Brenda Trombley, 35, restaurant manager, Concord, N.H.