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The love/hate relationship consumers have with cash (Image: Shutterstock).

Despite continued proliferation of mobile wallets and digital payment options from credit unions and other providers, most consumers still use cash often, and the majority frown upon merchants that don’t accept cash, according to a new study from Cardtronics.

The ATM operator’s online survey of 1,000 U.S. adults found that 73% of consumers said they used cash regularly. When asked which payment method they most preferred, 37% said debit cards, 28% said cash, 20% said credit cards, 13% said digital and 2% said check. However, 84% of all respondents and 81% of digital users said they tried to keep cash on hand always.

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