WASHINGTON (CNN) — A national poll suggests that six in 10 Americans oppose using taxpayer money to help the ailing major U.S. auto companies.

Sixty-one percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey out Wednesday are dead set against the federal government providing billions of dollars in assistance for the automakers, with 36 percent favoring such a bailout.

The poll, conducted Monday and Tuesday, also indicates that a majority of Americans, 53 percent, don’t think government assistance for the automakers will help the U.S. economy.

“Only 15 percent say that they would be immediately affected if the auto companies went bankrupt,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. “Seven in 10 say that a bailout would be unfair to American taxpayers.”

I think that the CEO’s decision to accept only $1 as their salary for 2009 is a blatant slap in the taxpayer’s face.  The savings are incidental to the company, these people are already worth hundred’s of millions of dollars, it will allow them to bypass taxes and I suspect, that when the media light is off them, the’;ll come up with some sort of compensation package (not labeled as  “salary” of course), which will give them free taxpayer money.