69% of Americans think that top company managers are paid more than they deserve.
Corporate managers, take note: The Occupy Wall Street movement may appear to be something you can ignore, but sentiments expressed by protesters are likely to be widely shared by your own rank-and-file workers. Dismiss the hippies at your own risk. Research from Harris Interactive indicates that a broad majority of Americans agree that top company managers make too much money, and enrich themselves at the expense of average employees. Most are downright angry about it. And here’s a twist: With survey research broken down along political lines, the majority of Republicans also feel this way, if not quite to the extent of Democrats. Anecdotally, top company execs may also want to know that a number of high-profile business leaders – including Vikram Pandit of Citigroup and PIMCO’s Bill Gross and Mohamed El-Erian – have voiced considerable sympathy and support for the Occupy movement. More than 2,110 adults took part in the Harris Interactive research. For more about the survey, click here.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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