Despite the fact that some Netflix DVD subscribers will be put out, a new Gallup poll shows that for the most part, Americans are in favor of the U.S. Postal Service’s plan to terminate Saturday mail delivery. The survey showed that 63% of Americans are in favor of ending Saturday mail as a way for the USPS to help fix its financial woes.
My 93-year-old grandmother doesn’t even have a computer, much less email, but her peers dont’ seem to harbor much nostalgia for Saturday mail deliveries — in a somewhat surprising result of the poll, the younger and generally more tech savvy generations are the ones least supportive of the plan. Gallup reports that 70% of the 65+ group favors Saturday mail extinction while only 48% of the 18-29 set are onboard with it.
A further 67% are cool with reducing the number of days their local post offices are open, from six to five days a week.
A majority of those polled are a lot less pleased about the prospect of raising stamp prices, says Gallup, with 57% opposing that idea.
This isn’t too surprising, says Gallup, as previous polls regarding possible solutions to the USPS’ financial worries also found that a majority of respondents supported reducing the number of days mail is delivered.
It remains to be seen, of course, whether the USPS even has the power to snuff out Saturday mail starting in August, or if Congress would have to approve such a move first.