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Survey: Microsoft plays fair

A majority of people polled agree that Microsoft uses "legally acceptable" business practices, according to a newly released survey.

A majority of people polled agree that Microsoft uses "legally acceptable" business practices, according to a newly released survey by the New York Times and CBS.

A majority also have a favorable opinion of Microsoft, and they say their view hasn't changed since federal and state regulators filed an antitrust suit against the software giant last month.

Still, a majority of those polled consider Microsoft to be a monopoly and said that that regulators should continue their investigation of the company.

The poll also casts computer users as "passive recipients of computer technology," as the Times put it. More than half of computer users polled said they never have installed a software program.

The poll of 1,126 people was conducted between June 7 and June 9.

As reported, previous polls by Fortune and Business Week also have reflected positive public opinion toward Microsoft.

This comes despite the lawsuits, as well as criticism of the company's business practices by some consumers, consumer rights' groups, competitors, and prominent lawmakers.

Microsoft denies any wrongdoing.