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Presidential Candidates on Both Sides Confronting Angry Iowans

Both Democrats and Republicans are mad as hell. Just about different things.

There aren't a lot of happy feelings in America's heartland as Republican and Democratic presidential candidates campaign in Iowa ahead of the state's lead-off caucuses.

Activists planning to attend the Feb. 1 precinct meetings, the first balloting of the 2016 nomination season, are a fairly grumpy bunch, the latest Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll shows.

Just 1 percent of Republicans and 4 percent of Democrats declare themselves to be "happy" with the U.S. government, while just 2 percent in each party will say that of Wall Street.

Read the methodology and questions here.

What's making them mad?

For Republicans, the top items tested that elicited a "mad as hell" response were Hillary Clinton (58 percent), Barack Obama (57 percent), Democrats in Congress (48 percent), the Internal Revenue Service (43 percent) and the amount of money in politics (40 percent).

For Democrats, the top "mad as hell" items tested are the amount of money in politics (61 percent), Republicans in Congress (44 percent), Donald Trump (39 percent), Wall Street (26 percent) and politicians in general (22 percent).

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