NH divided on whether to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill - 419 participants, 892 responses

Apr 21, 2016

The U.S. Treasury Department is changing the front of the $20 bill to show Harriet Tubman, an African American abolitionist, suffragette, and humanitarian. President Andrew Jackson will still appear on the back of the bill. The Treasury also plans to add many other notable women to the back of $5 and $10 bills. On April 21, the LFDA decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Do you support the decision of the U.S. Treasury to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill?”

“Do you support the decision of the U.S. Treasury to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Participation:

A total of 80% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 20% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, the LFDA received 892 responses from 419 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

No: The majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 53%, opposed putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.

  • “This country is 21 trillion in debt. [I] think any monies spent to retool the mints would be better spent decreasing that debt.”
  • “No disrespect, but I think there are other ways to honor her—and she should be honored—but I can think of other women that should have been considered/chosen for the bill.
  • “We have more important things going on and better ways for our representatives to be spending time and money on.”

Yes: A minority, at 47% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.

  • "She did a lot for the cause of freedom…I have no problem with honoring someone like this lady.”
  • “A great deal of time was taken in this decision. There was even a poll asking for public opinion. It's not uncommon for currency to have modifications.”
  • “Andrew Jackson had dog fights in the White House, trashed the White House, tried to beat a man to death, thought the earth was flat, hated paper money, and committed genocide. He was our most violent, unstable president.”

Other: As noted above, 20% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Discussing the nature of war and how it is funded: “Wars are created and encouraged by the gargantuan armaments industry that reaps massive profits from every bullet shot and every fighter plane built.”
  • Debating her political affiliation within today’s political context: “If she were alive today, she would be a Democrat.”
  • Expressing concern regarding the current state of the U.S Treasury System: “I think people should stop focusing on who is on the money and start focusing on the fact that our money system is completely Fiat and has zero backing.

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes.

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