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Poll: Mainers strongly opposed to Postal Service elimination

John Clarke Russ | BDN
John Clarke Russ | BDN
East Newport acting postmaster Barbara Henkle looks over paperwork between serving customers Tuesday afternoon, July 26, 2011.

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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