1. How closely have you followed news stories about bonuses paid to executives at American International Group, the firm know as AIG that received a $170-billion government bailout?
55% Very closely
33% Somewhat closely
8% Not very closely
2% Not at all
2% Not sure
The poll also finds that 76% of adults believe the AIG executives should be required to give the money back, to only 17% against the idea. And 65% say the bailout will benefit Wall Street more than the U.S. taxpayer, compared to only 18% who say the taxpayer is the greater beneficiary.
And the narrative in this story has clearly gotten through, with this question: “Is most of the bailout money going to the people who created the economic crisis?” This one comes up as Yes 68%, No 18%.