The U.S. Postal Service has been struggling financially for some time, with Postmaster General Patrick Donohoe just today announcing the potential closings of nearly 3,700 offices nationwide. A growing number of Americans thinks now may be the time to sell the USPS to a private company.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that
40% of American Adults believe the U.S. government should consider selling the Postal Service to a private company like UPS or Federal Express in order to help reduce the federal budget deficit. Forty-four percent (44%) oppose this idea. Another 17% aren’t sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
But Americans are much more narrowly divided than they were
in February, when 31% favored the government selling the Postal Service and 50% were against it. ?
Forty-nine percent (49%) of Republicans like the idea of selling the USPS to help reduce the deficit, but 56% of Democrats are against such a move. Adults not affiliated with either major party are almost evenly divided.
Forty-four percent (44%) of adults believe private companies should be allowed to deliver first class mail, a practice illegal under current law. Forty percent (40%) oppose allowing private companies to deal in first class mail. Sixteen percent (16%) are undecided.
In July 2010, 52% of all adults said private companies should be able to compete with the Postal Service by offering mail delivery. But 36% said mail service would be worse if run by a private company.
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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 23-24, 2011 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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