That’s the conclusion from a new Gallup survey, which found two-thirds of Americans support allowing the Postal Service to switch to 5-day mail delivery to help fix its financial problems. 14 percent said they strongly favor the idea; 52 percent favor it.
There’s less support for other cost-cutting measures: Only 11 percent of Americans would favor closing their local post office, for example. (2 percent are “strongly in favor” of it; I’d love to know who those people are…)
But here’s the one that really interested me: 48 percent of Americans — a surprisingly high number — are okay with providing federal funding for the Postal Service (which hasn’t received appropriated funds in decades).
Expect the Postal Service to tout the results on Capitol Hill over the next few months as it continues to cajole Congress on the 5-day issue. Legislators are coming around to the idea — slowly — as the Postal Service slides deeper into financial crisis. A $6 billion deficit, it seems, helps to focus the mind.