Earmarks. Pork barrel spending. Call it what you will. Congress views the recent elections as a mandate to cut government spending, and first on the list is a ban on allowing legislators to steer money to their favorite home projects. But voters aren’t quite as gung-ho.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that nearly half (48%) of Likely U.S. Voters favor a ban that prohibits all members of Congress from steering taxpayer money to pet projects in their home districts.
Thirty-six percent (36%), however, oppose such a ban on the practice that allows legislators to pump millions of extra dollars into their home states. Fifteen percent (15%) more are not sure about it. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Only 10% of voters think taxpayer money is fairly apportioned among all the states. Seventy-five percent (75%) say some members of Congress make sure their states get more money than other states. Fourteen percent (14%) aren’t sure which is the case.
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The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on November 17-18, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
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