Of those, 51 percent say even the banks that have paid the government back shouldn’t be rewarding their employees so soon.

That means you, too, Goldman Sachs.

There are a couple of nice man-on-the-street quotes here:

The fact that they’re even in existence should be bonus enough,” says Cassie Swihart, a 58-year-old retired registered nurse from Warsaw, Indiana…

“Why would you want to give somebody a bonus who put us into this situation?” said respondent Elijah Brown, 42, an unemployed union contractor from California.

This will only become more interesting as hard news of the year-end bonuses emerges.

Ryan Chittum is a former Wall Street Journal reporter, and deputy editor of The Audit, CJR's business section. If you see notable business journalism, give him a heads-up at rc2538@columbia.edu.