- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

They’ve put in their two cents: The majority of Americans oppose abolishing the penny according to a Harris Poll released Tuesday. Indeed, 51 percent of us want to keep the little coin, though some have more affection for it than others. Six-out-of-10 conservatives, for instance, want to keep the penny in circulation, as opposed to 49 percent of moderates and 47 percent of liberals.

There’s a gender divide also: 57 percent of women favor the penny coin - along with 44 percent of men.

“It’s long been suggested in some circles that we abolish the penny and default to the nickel as our lowest denomination coin for a variety of reasons, ranging from the unused pile of them collecting in your car’s cup holder to the fact that at last report, they cost nearly twice as much to make as they’re worth,” reports Larry Shannon-Missal, managing editor of the Harris Poll.

Twenty nine percent of the respondents want to scrap the penny; 23 percent of conservatives, 30 percent of moderates and 34 percent of liberals agree. So do 39 percent of men and 20 percent of the apparently more kind-hearted women.

But for now, the petite penny wins.

So does the paper dollar, by far the public’s favorite: 80 percent of Americans want their one dollar currency to be a paper bill, not a coin. That includes 80 percent of conservatives, 79 percent of moderates and 82 percent of liberals agree - along with 85 percent of women and 74 percent of men also agree.

There have also been several attempts to replace the $1 bill with a coin,” the poll says, noting that the percentage of people who like their paper bill has actually risen four percentage points since a similar survey in 2008.

The poll of 2,273 U.S. adults conducted July 15-20 and released Tuesday.

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