What does polling say about ending Saturday mail delivery?

February 6, 2013
(Matt Rourke/AP) (Matt Rourke/AP)

Polling in recent years has consistently shown that a majority of Americans support halting Saturday mail delivery to help the U.S. Postal Service deal with its financial problems.

The Washington Post last conducted a poll on this issue in 2010, finding that 71 percent of Americans support such a move. Respondents from all political stripes favored it.

However, 64 percent of Americans opposed closing post offices, including their local branch, the poll showed.

Here is a graphic from The Post’s 2010 poll:

A more recent New York Times/CBS News poll from June 2012 found that 7 in 10 Americans say they would favor ending Saturday mail delivery to help solve the organization’s financial problems.

That same poll found that about 8 in 10 Americans use the Postal Service “at least sometimes” and 38 percent use it “all the time.” But only three in 10 people under age 45 said they use it all the time.

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Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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