Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #15210
 
1AIG, the American International Group insurance company, recently paid out over $165 million in employee bonuses after receiving government funding through the TARP program. AIG says it has a contractual obligation to pay the bonuses. Do you think AIG should have paid the bonuses?
500 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeology
Credibility Interval: ± 3.3 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
Yes15%22%8%19%17%10%13%9%25%**13%8%20%10%10%28%
No83%76%89%81%81%86%85%86%72%**84%89%79%88%87%71%
Not Sure2%2%2%0%2%4%2%6%4%**3%3%1%2%3%1%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%47%53%24%34%43%80%8%9%2%32%39%26%27%46%20%
 
 
2Do you think the federal government should have an active voice in how AIG runs its business?
500 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeology
Credibility Interval: ± 4 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
Yes72%72%73%58%81%73%70%83%88%**51%81%85%59%73%82%
No25%27%23%39%14%25%27%13%12%**46%16%14%38%26%12%
Not Sure3%1%4%3%4%2%3%4%0%**3%4%2%2%1%7%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%47%53%24%34%43%80%8%9%2%32%39%26%27%46%20%
 
 
3Do you think the federal government should allow the bonuses to stand? Or should the government try to get some of the bonus money back?
500 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeology
Credibility Interval: ± 3.8 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
Allow Bonuses To Stand21%26%15%45%19%8%19%24%25%**25%11%25%26%14%31%
Get Some Bonus Money Back76%72%79%55%78%85%78%73%64%**73%84%72%71%82%66%
Not Sure4%1%6%0%3%6%3%3%11%**2%5%4%3%4%4%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%47%53%24%34%43%80%8%9%2%32%39%26%27%46%20%
 
 
4Should the AIG employees who received bonuses keep them? Or return them?
500 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeology
Credibility Interval: ± 4 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
Keep Them20%24%17%42%18%10%19%16%28%**22%14%20%18%17%29%
Return Them73%71%74%45%79%84%75%68%58%**75%76%70%73%78%58%
Not Sure7%5%9%13%3%7%6%16%14%**3%9%10%8%5%13%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%47%53%24%34%43%80%8%9%2%32%39%26%27%46%20%
 
 
5If YOU were an AIG employee who received a bonus, would you keep it? Or return it?
500 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeology
Credibility Interval: ± 4.4 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
Keep It31%37%25%56%25%21%31%15%32%**29%22%40%28%26%38%
Return It60%56%64%44%61%69%61%69%53%**63%66%52%65%65%53%
Not Sure9%7%11%0%15%10%8%16%15%**8%11%8%8%9%9%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%47%53%24%34%43%80%8%9%2%32%39%26%27%46%20%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.