The U.S. Postal Service is facing a budget squeeze as customers flock to the Internet and has proposed cutting mail delivery back from six-days-a-week to five. Sixty-nine percent (69%) of Americans say five-day-a-week service is preferable to them than another increase in postal rates.
Twenty-six percent (26%) say they’d rather pay more for stamps. Five percent (5%) are undecided in a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.
Forty percent (40%) of Americans said they use the Postal Service less now than they did five years ago, while 16% say they use it more now. The plurality (43%) say they use it about the same amount as they did five years ago.
With the emergence of online bill paying, 40% of Americans also say this is now the way they pay. However, a majority (56%) are still more likely to pay bills through so-called “snail mail.” Americans ages 30 to 49, though, are trending away from using the Postal Service.
In testimony to Congress last week, Postmaster General John E. Potter said his agency delivered nine million fewer pieces of mail in 2008 compared to the previous year. He asked Congress for permission to go to five-day-a-week mail delivery to reduce transportation and distribution costs after the agency suffered a net loss of $2.8 billion last year. Potter said that the ‘lightest’ delivery day would be cut, most likely Tuesdays or Saturdays.