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American card debt: a statistical look

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Where do we bank? Wherever we want, says poll

A smaller percentage of consumers preferred Internet banking in 2014 compared to the previous year, making it the only type of banking that declined in popularity of the top five methods listed in an American Bankers Association (ABA) poll.

Internet banking has remained at the top for six years, with 31 percent of those polled preferring that method in 2014, but is down from 39 percent the previous year. In contrast, the second-ranked method, branches, increased from 18 percent to 21 percent in preference. Mobile was also up, from 8 percent to 10 percent.

Ipsos Public Affairs polled 1,000 U.S. adults for ABA from Aug. 7-12, 2014; the poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

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Credit Card Help Dealing
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Credit card glossary terms

Credit card glossary

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