More Than Two-Thirds of Americans Want to Keep the Penny

An overwhelming and increasing number of Americans want to keep the penny. A 2014 poll conducted by Americans for Common Cents found over two-thirds (68%) of those surveyed favor keeping the penny in circulation.

These results confirm the strong and unwavering public support for the penny. Americans understand that eliminating the penny would lead to a rounding process and cost them hundreds of millions of dollars in higher prices.

The poll results showed that:

  • Over two-thirds of adults (68%) favor keeping the penny in circulation;
  • Nearly three-quarters of Americans (73%) were concerned that without the penny merchants might use price rounding to raise prices.
  • 71% of those earning  $35,000 or less per year want to keep the penny.

National polling over the past two decades has consistently shown that between two-thirds and three-fourths of Americans support keeping the cent in circulation.

A Gallup Organization poll in 1990 and Opinion Research Corporation surveys conducted in 1995, 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2012 show Americans are persuaded by several factors, such as antipathy toward price rounding. And a 1992 CNN/Time survey conducted by Yankelovich found 74 percent of Americans support keeping the penny in circulation.

The importance of preserving the penny goes well beyond high public acceptance and historical significance. A 2006 Coinstar National Currency Poll found that public support spiked when people became educated about the issues around the penny, such as rounding at the cash register. Public support for the penny jumped to 79% in 2006, a time when Congress was discussing penny elimination.

Thus, polls conducted by Americans for Common Cents and independent polls such as those by Coinstar, USA Today, and CNN/Time show overwhelming public support for the penny.

Links of interest:

More than Two-Thirds of Americans Still Favor Keeping the Penny

Recent Poll Shows Increasing Penny Support and Concern About Price Increases If Penny Is Eliminated

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A poll released today by Americans for Common Cents (ACC) continues to show overwhelming and increasing support for the penny by the American public. 68% of those surveyed favor keeping the penny in circulation, representing a slight increase since the last poll in 2012.

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