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Is Cash Making a Comeback?

Are Americans returning to the ways of good old hard cash? Plastic is still the choice for their main spending, but they’re less likely to go cash-free for a week than in past years.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 47% of American Adults have gone a full week without paying for anything with cash and coins. That’s down slightly from 50% in early 2016 and 53% the year prior. It is slightly up, though, from 43% in 2012 when we first asked the question. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on November 19-20, 2017 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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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on November 19-20, 2017 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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