Majority want companies to voluntarily use cash to hire more

However, just 30 percent of those surveyed thought the government should effectively force corporation to spend excess reserves on creating jobs, by threatening to levy a heavy tax on reserves if unused. Half opposed the idea, while 20 percent said they were undecided. The administration has not made such a proposal.

On the question of what a company's ultimate goal should be, it was fairly evenly divided — 32 percent said it was to serve customers, 30 percent said it was to create jobs and 28 percent said it was to make money for business owners.