Friday, November 19, 2010

Rasmussen... Public opinion on earmarks

Editor’s note: If you stop and think about this, you’ll understand why “We the People” are just as much to blame those we elect to serve us… or should I say, “take care of us?”

From Rasmussen Reports…
Voters Favor Ban on Earmarks, But Not Strongly
Friday, November 19, 2010

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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