Even after a seemingly endless campaign against congressional earmarks, including the Senate proposal to create an online database, a new study shows that voters still prefer candidates who send funding back to their congressional districts and states.  The Human Resource Management/National Journal “Congressional Connection Poll” (conducted by the Pew Research Center). According to the results of the poll, 53 percent of the public would vote for a candidate who supported bringing projects and money to their districts. Only 12 percent of respondents said they would not support such a candidate.  And, this support seems to be bi-partisan among voters.  While a large majority of respondents identifying themselves as democrats (66 percent) would support a pro-earmark candidate, almost 50 percent of republicans (47 percent) and independents (46 percent) also would vote for candidates who supported sending federal funding to their home districts.