A majority of the people who contacted the Postal Regulatory Commission in April and May about ending Saturday mail delivery favor the proposed change, the commission revealed today.
The commissions’s staff categorized 2,116 comments as “OK with change in service” and 1,691 as “opposed to change in service,” according to a report released today. Nearly 10% of the respondents favored delivery of four or fewer days.
Public opinion polls also indicate a slight majority of people favor eliminating a day of delivery rather than raising postage rates to address the Postal Service’s financial problems. Still, the 56%-44% edge for five-day service in the PRC comments is surprising.
After all, postal workers who might lose their jobs and certain businesses that depend upon Saturday delivery have huge incentives to take the trouble of contacting the commission. It's almost always easier to rally people around maintaining a public service and saving jobs than it is to get them excited about cutting costs.
The opposition to five-day delivery seems better organized and passionate than the proponents, as evidenced by a union announcement that nearly half the House of Representatives has signed a non-binding resolution supporting six-day delivery. It shouldn't be hard for postal unions that oppose the change to rally thousands of members to contact the PRC.
Perhaps June's statistics will tell a different story.