The opinion on Wall Street, by a narrow margin, is that Citigroup should have been left to sort things out or fail, according to an informal survey by TheStreet.com. Here are the results:

Was the U.S. government right to take a larger common stock stake in Citigroup?

Yes. We've needed this for some time. (32.58%)

Yes. But I didn't want to see the dividends suspended. (9.56%)

No. This is too close to nationalization. (17.87% )

No. The government should have made Citi sort things out or fail. (39.97%)

Today's Poll

Today we are asking where you think the Dow Jones Industrial Average will end 2009 after the

index fell below the 7000 level

for the first time in years Monday. Please vote:

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. Previously, he served as deputy editor and chief innovation officer at

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,

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and

International Herald Tribune

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