By Bernie Becker - 02/14/13 06:35 PM EST
The Postal Service-commissioned poll — conducted by Ipsos — found broad majorities across all age groups, income levels and race support the agency’s plan. Around four in five people living in rural, urban and suburban areas also were on board with the idea.
Rural state lawmakers like Sens. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) were especially critical of the move, with Pryor questioning whether USPS had the authority to unilaterally make the switch.
Lawmakers also introduced legislation this week to mandate six-day delivery. Critics say getting rid of Saturday delivery would end a competitive advantage for USPS, which currently loses around $25 million a day.
Postal officials say they believe they can move forward in part because the government is currently funded through a temporary spending measure that expires in March.
Congress has mandated six-day delivery for around 30 years, through the appropriations process. Top lawmakers have expressed hope that they can quickly finish off a postal overhaul, which would likely include language on delivery standards.