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Survey: Hands off Microsoft

The government should keep its hands off Microsoft, a survey of Business Week readers concludes.

The government should keep its hands off Microsoft, a survey of Business Week readers has concluded.

Sixty seven percent of those responding to the survey of 5,072 readers said the agency should leave the software giant alone. Twenty-two percent of those surveyed favored government regulation of Microsoft. Eleven percent voted for breaking up the company.

"Justice should apologize profusely to Microsoft and to the voters for wasting Microsoft's and the taxpayers' money," wrote one reader from New Hampshire.

Business Week released its survey today on its Web site. It said complete results will be released in the magazine's May 4 issue.

The results likely are going to run into opposition from many Netizens, consumer groups, and regulators, who worry that the software giant is gaining too much clout. They have criticized such surveys in the past as being drawn from too narrow an audience.

This week, Microsoft posted a 25 percent increase in quarterly earnings from year-ago figures, and its stock has been trading in record territory.