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Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 11/15/2010

Voters send mixed messages on earmarks

Most Americans want their member of Congress to fight for spending to spur local job creation, complicating the politics around the new Republican initiative to ban congressional earmarks.

In an October Post-Kaiser-Harvard poll, 58 percent of Americans said they want their congressional representatives to focus on what's best for the country, not their local district. But as many, 57 percent, said their own member should battle for more government spending to create jobs.

Fully 79 percent of Democrats and a slim majority of independents, 52 percent, said their representative should push for new federal funding to boost jobs in their district. A third of Republicans agreed.

Sixty-eight percent of those polled by CBS News last year said earmarks are "not acceptable," but far fewer, 29 percent, said the practice should be eliminated entirely.

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