Majority disagree with changing $20 bill - 885 responses

Apr 16, 2015

Recently, NH's US Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) introduced a bill that would require the U.S. Treasury to "convene a panel of citizens" to discuss the idea of putting a notable woman on the $20 bill. Shaheen said in a statement: "It’s long overdue for that reflection to include the contributions of women." 

The Live Free or Die Alliance's (LFDA) nearly 60,000 Facebook members, however, expressed disapproval with her reasoning. An 81% majority of those who answered the question as to whether a notable woman should replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill responded negatively, while only 19% of respondents who provided a clear opinion indicated a notable woman should replace Jackson. A further 17% of total respondents elected to discuss the subject more broadly without providing a direct “yes” or “no” answer. In total, the LFDA received specific comments from 406 individuals supported by 347 concurrences for a total of 885 citizen responses.

Out of respondents who expressed opposition to changing the $20 bill, many questioned the need for it. “We have more pressing problems to deal with,” said one gentleman, whose opinions were reiterated by dozens of other respondents. Another commenter added, ”There's just no real reason to change it. It's disrespectful to what Jackson did. Make a new bill. Problem solved.”

For those who expressed their support, many said a change has long been overdue. “It is about time that women be recognized for their contributions to our Democracy,” remarked one woman. Another respondent added, “Many great women have contributed to the success of the United States as well as many ethnicities, but biased history text books tell us otherwise.”

For those who elected to not directly answer the question, several expressed their general displeasure at the current government with some singling out Obamacare. Others questioned paper currency itself, including one gentleman who added, “Why is Andrew Jackson on a federal reserve note anyway? Didn't he hate paper currency and deficits?

Click here to read the full Facebook discussion for this question. 

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