79% of Americans Don’t Want Ronald Reagan on Their Money

79% of Americans Don't Want Ronald Reagan on the $50 Bill
Bonzo has a better shot at being on the fifty than Reagan.

Republicans have continued their push to pass a bill that would replace President Ulysses S. Grant on fifty dollar bill with Ronald Reagan, but a new Marist poll found that people not only dislike the idea, but reject it soundly. 79% of those surveyed replied that they do not want Ronald Reagan’s smiling mug on their money. Most surprisingly, 71% of Republicans did not like the idea either.

The Marist Poll also uncovered a surprising result. When the results of the poll were broken down by party affiliation, 71% of Republicans thought that the switch was a bad idea, 83% of Democrats, and 79% of Independents didn’t like the idea either. The idea of Reagan on our money was rejected by both those who make over $50,000 (78% disapprove), and those who make under $50,000 (81% disapprove).

The support for the change was strongest with those age 18-29 (15%), and those who live in the Western part of the United States (15%). Men and women almost equally thought that putting Reagan on the fifty is a bad idea (77%-80%), as well as college grads and non college grads (78%-81%). The whole idea of replacing Grant with Reagan is being pushed by Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), who said, “Every generation needs its own heroes. One decade into the 21st century, it’s time to honor the last great president of the 20th and give President Reagan a place beside Presidents Roosevelt and Kennedy.”

Unfortunately for Rep. McHenry, the vast majority of the American people don’t agree with him. As I laid out in a post last month, 5 Reasons Why Ronald Reagan Should Never be on the $50 Bill, the right wing myth of St. Ronnie of Conservatism doesn’t match up with the facts of his presidency. Time has not distorted the public perception of Reagan. It has sharpened it, and it is clear to most people that no matter how much the right wingers build a mythology around Reagan, he will never be in same class as Kennedy and F.D.R.

15 Replies to “79% of Americans Don’t Want Ronald Reagan on Their Money”

  1. I say put his pic on the plug nickel, or perhaps the dollar since it is spent so rapidly you could say, “Well, there he goes again!”

  2. They should put Ronnie on the $1T bill since he was the first one to rack up $T debts.

    They should put Bush Jr on the $10T bill since he was the first to run it over $10T.

    Fiscal CON-servatives indeed.

  3. They should have Nixon’s picture on it.

    Nixon started the fiat money system August 15 1971.

    Fiat money doesn’t trickle-down it shrivels-up.

  4. He’s going to be on the dollar coin soon enough as a part of the Presidential series, isn’t that enough? Seems fitting he’s on the denomination that’s worth, what? 1/5th of what it was when he was in office?

  5. 79% of Americans don’t want Ronald Reagan on their money?

    Then 79% of Americans are stupid! Reagan is a God.

  6. Putting Reagan on the $100 is a horrible idea. It’s because of Ronnie’s “trickle down” economics that so many Americans don’t have any $100 bills!

  7. Sixty percent of Americans said they didn’t want a health care plan, but it seems the lawmakers didn’t care about the majority opinion on that matter.

    I seriously question the reliability of this poll and am at once baffled and dismayed by the timbre of this article and these posts. I wonder what dirty trick Google must’ve pulled to file this dishonest farce as the first choice in any search. Anyone who was awake during the Reagan era fully appreciated his ability to communicate with a diverse union and the fine moral absolutes he proferred and defined for multiple classes of hard-working individuals–definitions that so many elites and pseudo-intellectuals continue to argue and blur the lines over today.

    Reagan warned a generation before you about rancorous and stentorian speeches and the woes that a society run by Democrats would promulgate. If you doubt what I say I volunteer you look on YouTube or find a transcript of any speech he gave. To compare him to FDR or Kennedy is like comparing Saint Francis of Assisi to John Dewey.

    Did no one bother to conjecture that maybe the reason for not placing Reagan on currency could have something to do with sacrilege and the debasing of an American iconic patriot by affixing his visage to a piece of worthless paper? Perhaps the heraldic and lasting image of anti-government is the last thing any Republican would want to see on a government-assured note. Maybe peace will palliate the psyche of American Progressivism in the next generation. Cheerio.

  8. “Stephen Moore of the Cato Institute stated that “no act in the last quarter century had a more profound impact on the US economy of the eighties and nineties than the Reagan tax cut of 1981.” He claims that Reagan’s tax cuts, combined with an emphasis on federal monetary policy, deregulation, and expansion of free trade created a sustained economic expansion creating America’s greatest sustained wave of prosperity ever.”

    I am seriously questioning the validity of this poll, and I am surprised that others aren’t either. I recall a national poll in 2001 on President’s Day that moved his position from the 4th Greatest US President to the 1st, above Lincoln and above Kennedy. He created 20million new jobs and boosted the US’s minimum wage to the highest in the world, and you do not see ANY of the actual positives that defined his presidency on this page whatsoever. I do not believe that many Americans would have preferred Grant’s administration (with his inability to control Congress) or today’s administration to the era of confidence and values that Reagan instilled.

    Unemployment fell from 10.8% (1982) to 5.3% (1988, end of presidency). During the Carter administration, inflation averaged at 12.5% and was reduced to 4.4% by the end of Reagan’s presidency. He admitted that his “greatest disappointment” was the national debt, but this can be attributed
    to tax cuts and heavy defense spending.

    The GDP grew during Reagan’s administration at an annual rate of 9.4% per year, the Real GDP (adjusted for inflation) increased 3.96% per year on average higher than the post-World War II average of 3.6%. Finally, a study from the Cato institute found that “on 8 of the 10 key economic variables examined, the American economy performed better during the Reagan years than during the pre- and post-Reagan years.”

    If you go on Wikipedia for **** sakes, it is evident that 4 REAL polls put him in the top ten; this includes national surveys from Times magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and C-Span, not this garbage.

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