Pessimists hold the lead over optimists in's informal survey about the future of the Dow. Here are the results of yesterday's poll:

Where do you think the Dow Jones Industrial Average will end 2009?

Below 6000 (32.33%)

Between 6000 and 7500 (26.53% )

Between 7500 and 9000 (26.57% )

Above 9000 (14.55%)

Please vote in today's poll:

Do you support the government's plan to give even more financial aid to AIG?

Yes. The company must be supported to keep the financial system from collapsing.
Yes. But the government needs to address the company's problems more quickly.
No. The company needs to sort out its issues without more funds.
No. Taxpayers have had enough of this. If it fails, it fails.
Hall is the editor of Previously, he served as deputy editor and chief innovation officer at The Orange County Register and as a news manager at Bloomberg News in Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Washington, D.C. As a reporter, he covered business and financial markets, worked in both print and television in the U.S. and Europe, and conducted in-depth investigative coverage at The Journal-Gazette in Fort Wayne, Ind. His work also has been published in a variety of newspapers including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and International Herald Tribune. Hall received a bachelor�s degree in journalism and political science from The Ohio State University and has taken graduate management science courses at Boston University.

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