Users back Microsoft, survey says

A majority of respondents to a new survey want the US government to back off its investigation of Microsoft. In a forthcoming poll by BusinessWeek magazine, 67% of the more than 5,000 readers it surveyed said that the US Department of Justice should leave Microsoft alone. On the other extreme, 11% of the respondents said Microsoft should be disassembled and broken into small pieces.

A majority of respondents to a new survey want the US government to back off its investigation of Microsoft.

In a forthcoming poll by BusinessWeek magazine, 67% of the more than 5,000 readers it surveyed said that the U.S. Department of Justice should leave Microsoft alone. On the other extreme, 11% of the respondents said Microsoft should be disassembled and broken into small pieces.

The remaining 22% of readers surveyed said they favored some sort of governmental regulation of Microsoft.

So will the DOJ consider calling off the dogs? Michael Gordon, a DOJ spokesman wouldn't answer, saying the DOJ doesn't comment about ongoing investigations.

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