Poll Shows Americans Think Executives’ Pay Is Too High

ExecutivePayA new poll by YouGov/Huffington Post shows 66 percent of Americans think the pay of top corporate executives and CEOs is too high.

In the past few decades, CEO pay has skyrocketed while the average worker’s pay has stagnated despite increases in productivity.

Few Americans think they will ever enter the ranks of the highest paid, according to the poll which was conducted as part of a new Huffington Post project called Pay Pals, a database of the salaries paid to top executives and board members at every Fortune 100 company.

By a margin of 71 percent to 14 percent, Americans said they think the government is actually doing more to help major corporations than the poor.

On Jan. 30, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan proposed cutting the corporate tax in half which would cost the state $1.5 billion in revenue.


UFCW Local 1546 represents workers in Illinois and Indiana in a diverse range of industries including grocery and drug retailers; meat cutting, processing, and packing; chemical works; nursing home and healthcare facilities, and many others.