Responses so far to a survey by the Hewlett Packard Computer Users' Association (HPCUA) show that 63 per cent of respondents believe that the merger with Compaq will be successful.
The survey, which focuses on how the new organisation will affect customers, was sent out last week to HPCUA members.
HPCUA chairman Emmet Hayes said: "If you cross breed two race horses you want to be sure you get the best of both and not the worst. This is the biggest challenge HP faces."
The survey acknowledges the "passionate arguments on both sides dividing users", but preliminary responses reveal that the majority are happy with the merger, although some feedback points to other hardware vendors benefiting from dissatisfied users.
One corporate user said: "We will be monitoring other channels for hardware sales such as Sun Microsystems and IBM."
But the majority of respondents to date, 79 per cent, indicated that the merger will have no effect on purchasing decisions, while 21 per cent say it will delay purchasing decisions.
HPCUA general manager Peter Bradley said that the deadline for responses is at the end of the week when the results will be "disembowelled" and "presented to HP UK".
The survey can also be completed by non-HPCUA members and can be found here.
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