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The Face of Change: How Do People Feel About Harriet Tubman and the $20 Bill?

The Face of Change: How Do People Feel About Harriet Tubman and the $20 Bill?

Harriet TubmanChange. It’s a good thing. And sometimes change can take time.

Case in point? Yesterday, historic news hit: a woman will finally appear on the face of American currency.

In what the New York Times is calling “the most sweeping and historically symbolic makeover of American currency in a century”, former slave and abolitionist, Harriet Tubman, will replace Andrew Jackson, slave-owner and the seventh president of the United States, on the $20 bill.

What this will mean going forward in today’s multicultural society remains to be seen but the impact right now is unquestionably deep. This means something to people.

Of course, we wanted to learn more about just what it means. We asked over 1,500 Americans their thoughts on this historic move.

Do Americans approve of the change?

Short answer? Yes. Over half (56%) believe this is the right move.

Andrew JacksonWhat do Presidential candidates have to say?

Presidential hopefuls have their own opinions on the matter as well. Donald Trump has expressed his disapproval. His supporters have Trump’s back here with 7 in 10 agreeing that this wasn’t a great idea.

On the Democratic side, it’s nearly an even split with 81% of Clinton supporters and 85% of Sanders supporters agreeing to agree with one another.

Paper or plastic?

Nowadays, most of us reach for our cards to pay for everything from toilet paper to airfare. But cash definitely still has its place in the American wallet. So do consumers who prefer to pay with plastic feel any differently about Harriet Tubman than those who like to pay with good old-fashioned green?

Perhaps surprisingly, slightly more credit users prefer Tubman on the bill than those who pay with cash (60% vs 54%).

It’s exciting to see change like this. We look forward to even more!

What do you think of this historic shift from the US Treasury Department? Let us know in the Comments below and stay tuned for even more exciting data trends to come.

  • jessdor

    Where is the original survey?

    • Sarah Cho

      Happy to provide more information – what in particular are you looking for about the original survey? The results? The question wording?

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