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Do You Trust Corporate America?


Over the past six months, Corporate America has been rocked by scandal after scandal involving accounting irregularities, executive malfeasance, and brokerage-house shenanigans. And yet, the economy is hanging tough, and the stock markets, though volatile, have taken things more in stride than might have been expected, given the questions raised about the extent to which investors can trust CEOs.

What's your view of the markets, of those who run big companies, and of the numbers those companies report? These are some of the issues we would like to address in this BusinessWeek Online Reader Survey. You can compare your answers to those gathered in the BW/Ipsos-Reid poll that appears in the June 24 issue of BusinessWeek as part of the Cover Story and that asked many of these same questions.

Please remember that this isn't a scientific poll, since anyone who wishes to can participate. But please tell us what you think.

Over the next six months, what will you probably do about your investments in stocks or stock mutual funds?

Invest a lot more

Invest somewhat more

Reduce your investments somewhat

Reduce your investments a lot

Keep your existing investments

Not sure

How much confidence do you have that the stock market treats individual investors fairly?

A great deal

Only some

Hardly any

Not sure

How much confidence do you have in those running big businesses?

A great deal

Only some

Hardly any

Not sure

How much confidence do you have in those running big auditing companies such as Arthur Andersen?

A great deal

Only some

Hardly any

Not sure

How much confidence do you have in the ability of Congress to write effective rules governing corporate financial practices?

A great deal

Only some

Hardly any

Not sure

How much confidence do you have in the ability of federal agencies to regulate corporate financial practices?

A great deal

Only some

Hardly any

Not sure

How confident are you that corporations accurately report how much money they make?

Very confident

Somewhat confident

Not too confident

Not at all confident

Do you agree or disagree that corporations can reform themselves without new laws and regulations?

Strongly agree

Only somewhat agree

Only somewhat disagree

Strongly disagree

Do you currently invest in stocks or stock mutual funds outside an employer-sponsored 401(k) plan?

Yes

No


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