Poll: Shoppers Want Debit Access

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According to a new Harris Interactive survey that was sponsored by MasterCard International, a majority of debit card users say their perception of a merchant would be negatively affected if it no longer accepted their debit cards for payment.

The survey follows a class action antitrust lawsuit brought against MasterCard and Visa by merchants in the U.S., and in particular, Wal-Mart, that was settled in 2003 and allows merchants to limit acceptance of payments cards for purchases. The survey found that 63% of respondents said their feelings toward a store would be "negatively impacted" if a merchant stopped accepting debit cards, while 51% indicated they "would consider walking out of a store without making a purchase" if their debit cards were not accepted.

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