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Friday, April 22, 2016

What America Thinks: New Face on the $20

The U.S. Treasury announced on Wednesday that the portrait of President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill will be replaced by one of anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman, making her the first black American to ever front a U.S. banknote. She's the first woman to appear on U.S. currency in over 100 years. Twenty-three percent (23%) of Americans wanted Tubman on the $20 when it was proposed a year ago, second to only Eleanor Roosevelt. But just 45% at that time agreed with pushing Jackson off the $20 bill and replacing him with a woman. The Tennessean who defeated the British at the battle of New Orleans in 1815 and served as president from 1829 to 1837 has been featured on the currency since 1928.

A sizable number of Americans may not even notice the change. Only 64% of Americans correctly identify Jackson as the person depicted on the $20 bill.