Poll: Mainers strongly opposed to Postal Service elimination

East Newport acting postmaster Barbara Henkle looks over paperwork between serving customers Tuesday afternoon, July 26, 2011.
East Newport acting postmaster Barbara Henkle looks over paperwork between serving customers Tuesday afternoon, July 26, 2011.
Posted Dec. 07, 2011, at 2:07 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 07, 2011, at 2:23 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A new survey shows most Mainers want the U.S. Postal Service saved and are willing to go along with cost-cutting measures in order to keep it going.

Market Decisions of Portland surveyed 400 Mainers 18 and older between Oct. 5 and 25. The poll was done amid news of the decline in Postal Service revenues and discussions of the institution’s future.

The survey, which has a 5-percentage-point margin of error, showed 84 percent strongly opposed to eliminating the Postal Service entirely, and another 9 percent somewhat opposed. Only 5 percent indicated they would support the elimination of the USPS.

Sixty-three percent of those polled said they strongly support or somewhat support renting or leasing post office buildings and increasing the types of services offered.

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