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Most Canadians like the new bills (especially if they make a lot of money): poll

Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of Canada and chairman of the Financial Stability Board, holds the new Canadian 100 dollar bill made of polymer in Toronto, Nov. 14, 2011.

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For all the complaints of bills melting or not working in vending machines, most Canadians are actually pretty happy with their new polymer cash, according to a new poll.

A Forum Research survey finds 60 per cent of respondents approved of the bills, while 24 per cent disapproved and 16 per cent didn't have an opinion. The biggest complaint by far, from 38 per cent of respondents, was that the polymer bills stick together more than the old cotton ones. The imagery on the bills, of which there have been some issues raised, bothered only 4 per cent.

Higher income Canadians and those who had completed college or university studies were the happiest with the bills. Seventy-three per cent of respondents who made more than $100,000 a year, the survey's highest income bracket, liked the polymer, as did 67 per cent of post-secondary grads.

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The poll of 1,755 randomly selected Canadians was conducted through an automated telephone survey on March 6 and 7, 2013. Results are considered accurate plus or minus 2 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

For once, Conservative and Bloc Québécois supporters agreed on something: they both liked the bills more than other respondents. (Though it should be noted the Bloc sample size was much smaller.)

What do you think? Are you a fan of the new polymer bills? Let us know in the comments or take our poll.

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