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
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.3%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+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
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+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
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.8%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+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
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+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
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.4%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+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.