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Globe and Mail: U.S. poll indicates Microsoft support

Jul 03, 2001, 15:00 (64 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Patrick Brethour)

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Here's the out that President George Bush needs to drop the government's pursuit of antitrust sanctions against Microsoft: a poll by one of Canada's leading newspapers shows that most Americans are glad that Microsoft is not being broken up, but most do say that Microsoft should pay some sort of price for anti-competitive activity in the operating-systems field.

"Fifty-eight per cent of respondents said it is good news for consumers that Microsoft is not being broken up; just 25 per cent said it was bad news, while the remainder didn't know or didn't have an opinion."

"Heavy Internet users, defined as those who log more than 10 hours a week on-line, supported Microsoft even more strongly, with 69 per cent saying the reversal of the breakup order is good news for consumers. By contrast, among respondents who do not use the Internet, 52 per cent said the reversal is good news."

"According to the poll, 46 per cent of Americans think the U.S. Department of Justice should simply drop the case. Eighteen per cent said the government should continue to pursue a court order to break up Microsoft. And 29 per cent said the government should pursue the case of Microsoft's monopoly over operating systems, but not seek a breakup or restrictions on the company's ability to add features to its operating system."

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