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Nearly Half of Adults Have Gone a Week Without Cash

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Some southern California businesses have announced plans to go cashless, but the use of cash probably isn’t going away anytime soon, even though nearly half of adults still say they’ve gone a week without it - and that number’s even higher among younger adults.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 48% of American Adults have gone a full week without paying for anything with cash and coins. That’s virtually unchanged from last November but down slightly from 50% in early 2016 and 53% the year prior. It is slightly up, though, from 43% in 2012 when we first asked the question.

Almost as many adults (43%) say they haven’t ever gone a full week without paying cash, also generally unchanged from the previous survey. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on September 11-12 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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