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Americans back spending on Postal Service amid mail-in vote row


Democrat Rashida Tlaib backs help for the US Postal Service

Democrat Rashida Tlaib backs help for the US Postal Service

Democrat Rashida Tlaib backs help for the US Postal Service

Most Americans want their government to spend more money on the US Postal Service and agree that mail delivery will be a vital part of the November election, a survey says.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll took place in the middle of an uproar over changes to mail service ordered by US postmaster-general Louis DeJoy, a large donor to Donald Trump.

After complaints that cuts could interfere with mail-in voting, which has gained in importance due to the coronavirus pandemic, Mr DeJoy has said he would pause further changes.

The poll found that 78pc of Americans, including 92pc of Democrats and 67pc of Republicans, agreed "a well-functioning United States Postal Service is important to having a smooth and successful election during the coronavirus pandemic".

Nearly three-quarters of Americans, including 88pc of Democrats and 60pc of Republicans, agreed "funding for the United States Postal Service should be increased to ensure Americans' mail gets delivered in a timely fashion".

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives has already approved $25bn (€21bn) in new postal funding, which the US president has criticised as too much.

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said this week that Mr Trump may support additional funding for the agency as part of a broader spending package for coronavirus relief, however.

According to the poll, 56pc of US adults disapprove of the president's overall performance in office, with 39pc approving and 5pc unsure.

The Democratic presidential challenger Joe Biden leads Mr Trump in support among registered voters by eight percentage points.

The top three things that registered voters said they wanted from their president were: an ability to lead the US recovery from the pandemic, an ability to "restore trust" in government, and strong ideas about improving the economy.

Mr Biden has a clear advantage with the first two as 46pc of registered voters think he would be better at steering America's pandemic response, while 36pc said Mr Trump would be better. And 45pc said Mr Biden would be better at restoring trust in government, while 34pc said it was Mr Trump. When it comes to the US economy, 46pc said Mr Trump would be better versus 40pc for Mr Biden.

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