March 12, 2013
New currency well-liked, according to survey findings
TORONTO— In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll among 1,755 Canadians 18 years of age and older, six in ten approve of the new polymer-based currency used in larger denomination bills (60 per cent), and approval is especially characteristic of younger Canadians (35 to 44 – 67 per cent), males (66 per cent), the wealthiest ($100K+ - 73 per cent), in Alberta (69 per cent) and among Conservative supporters (68 per cent) and university graduates (67 per cent). One quarter disapprove of the new currency (24 per cent), and about one in eight don't have an opinion (16 per cent).
Sticking bills, don't like feel main complaints
When asked what they liked least about the new bills, the plurality (38 per cent) say they stick together, while about one tenth say they do not like the way they feel (12 per cent). Other complaints include the fact the bills do not work in some machines and that they can melt in the heat (nine per cent each), they contain inappropriate imagery (four per cent), are just plain ugly (three per cent) or smell different (two per cent).
"For all the colloquy about the new currency, it appears users are quite happy with it. It may melt, it may stick and it may smell funny, but they like it, they really like it," said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.