Poll: Public Supports Government Control Of Payments At Bailed-Out Companies

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A new Rasmussen poll shows that the American public has a clear grasp of an easy concept: He who pays the piper calls the tune.

The poll asks: “If the government provides funding to keep a company in business, should the federal government regulate the level of pay and bonuses for executives of that company?”

The numbers are 61% in favor, to only 27% against.

On the other hand, a 64%-23% majority opposes regulation of executive pay at businesses that do not receive government money in order to stay in business, and respondents say 66%-21% that the federal government should not regulate pay at all publicly-traded companies.

But if we take it as a given that a company is getting bailed out, the public wants control of the pay structure.

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