Marylanders support ending Saturday mail, but racial and regional divisions lurk


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A clear majority of Maryland residents support the Postal Service’s decision to end Saturday letter delivery, despite heavy resistance within the state’s largest city and a stark racial divide, according to a new Washington Post poll.

By 61 to 34 percent, more Marylanders approve than disapprove of the U.S. Postal Service’s February decision to end Saturday delivery. Support peaks among people who send mail never or only a few times a year (71 percent), though over half of those use the service weekly or more often also support the decision (54 percent). Perhaps surprisingly, federal government employees are no less supportive of than others of cutting Saturday delivery, with 65 percent supporting the move.

In a stark regional divide, nearly six in 10 Baltimore City residents reject the end to Saturday mail (58 percent), while clear majorities approve of the move in other areas of the state, including suburban D.C. counties of Montgomery (58 percent approve) and Prince George’s (60 percent) counties as well as more rural areas of the state (65 percent).

Race is also a focal point, with internal splits among African Americans throughout the state. Overall, whites in Maryland support the cutback by nearly 3 to 1 (70 to 24 percent), while African Americans split about evenly 46 to 50 percent.

Two-thirds of blacks who send or receive letters at least weekly disapprove of the change (67 percent), while roughly six in 10 of those who exchange letters less often approve of the switch. By contrast, whites approve of the change at similar levels regardless of mail usage. And while over seven in 10 African Americans living in Baltimore city disapprove of the change, 55 percent of blacks in other parts of the state tilt in favor of the shift.

Click here for interactive results from the poll.

Scott Clement is a pollster with Capital Insight, the independent polling group of Washington Post Media.

Scott Clement is a survey research analyst for The Washington Post. Scott specializes in public opinion about politics, election campaigns and public policy.



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