Between December 7 and December 10, 2001, Ipsos Public Affairs interviewed a representative sample of 1,000 U.S. adults nationwide by telephone. The margin of error is +/- 3.1%.
70% OF AMERICANS WANT THE CASE SETTLED AND ONLY 24% WANT FURTHER COURT ACTION TO PUNISH MICROSOFT
A strong majority (70%) of adults say that the US economy and consumers would be better off if the anti-trust case were settled as soon as possible, rather than the court continuing its investigation whether Microsoft should be punished for its business activities (24%).
"Americans feel that the Microsoft case has been settled and that it's time to move on," reports Thomas Riehle, President of Ipsos Public Affairs in the U.S. "In a word, enough. A weary public endorses a settlement of the Microsoft case by a wide margin. Only 1-in-4 consumers are even willing to go along with the idea that the courts should continue investigating whether Microsoft's behavior warrants punishment. Among every age group, at every level of education, in every region, with voters of every political stripe, opinion is the same - settle, by 2-to-1 over investigate."
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Thomas Riehle, President
Ipsos Public Affairs in the U.S.