Large majority wants AIG bonuses back: poll

More than 3/4ths of Americans want the government to try and block or recover the millions in bonuses awarded to AIG, a poll released Wednesday found.

76 percent of Americans told the Gallup Poll that the government should intervene to recoup the controversial bonuses, the subject of much congressional scrutiny today.

17 percent of Americans said the government should not intervene in the situation.

Almost 6 in 10 of those surveyed said they were "outraged" by the bonuses, compared to 26 percent who said they were "bothered," and 11 percent who were "not particularly bothered" by the payouts to executives at the insurance giant.

Reactions were similar among Republicans, Democrats, and Independents -- suggesting that frustration toward AIG is cutting across party lines.

The poll, conducted March 17, has a three percent margin of error.