State Attorneys General Are Under Some Voter Pressure to Join Justice-Microsoft Settlement; More Americans Would Vote Against Those State Attorneys General That Try to Block the Settlement, but Most Americans Don't Care.

Less than 1 in 10 say Microsoft settlement is bad news for consumers Nearly half of all Americans say that Justice Department accomplished "very little" or "nothing at all" by bringing anti-trust suit in the first place

State Attorneys General Are Under Some Voter Pressure to Join Justice-Microsoft Settlement; More Americans Would Vote Against Those State Attorneys General That Try to Block the Settlement, but Most Americans Don't Care.

Between November 2-4, 2001, Ipsos-Reid Express interviewed a representative sample of 1,000 U.S. adults nationwide by telephone. The margin of error is +/- 3.1%. The margin of error for questions asked of half the sample is +/- 4.5%. State Attorneys General are under some voter pressure to join Justice-Microsoft Settlement; more Americans would vote against those State Attorneys General that try to block the settlement, but most Americans don't care. For those State Attorneys General who are deciding how to respond to the recent settlement between Microsoft and the Federal government, the political situation is that they are twice as likely to generate negative voter reaction (21%) than positive voter reaction (11%) if they try to overturn the agreement. Most Americans (63%), however, say it would make no difference to them whether or not their Attorney General helps to overturn the settlement or even send it back to court. Less than 1 in 10 say Microsoft settlement is bad news for consumers By more than a 4 to 1 margin, Americans say that the settlement between Microsoft and the Federal government is good news for consumers (38% say it is good news and 8% say it is bad news). Half of all Americans (49%), however, say that the settlement does not make a difference to consumers. Nearly half of all Americans say that Justice Department accomplished "very little" or "nothing at all" by bringing anti-trust suit in the first place Almost half of all Americans (47%) say that the Justice Department accomplished "very little" (27%) or "nothing at all" (21%) by bringing the anti-trust suit against Microsoft. Less than 1 in 5 Americans (16%) say that the Justice Department accomplished "a great deal" (7%) or "quite a bit" (9%) with the anti-trust suit against Microsoft. "At the end of the longest and most expensive anti-trust lawsuit in history, most Americans feel they have very little to show for the effort," says Thomas Riehle, President of Ipsos-Reid U.S. Public Affairs.

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