Majority of Canadians want penny gone

New poll finds barely a third support keeping it around

A majority of Canadians want the government to get rid of the penny, according to a new poll. The survey found 55 per cent of respondents support scrapping the near-worthless coin, compared to 35 per cent who want to keep it. British Columbians (62 per cent) are the most likely to want the penny gone, followed by Quebec (61 per cent), then Ontario (55 per cent). Men are also more likely than women to want it gone, with 65 per cent supporting its demise, compared to 45 per cent of women. The people most sad to see the penny go? Atlantic Canadians (27 per cent), Manitobans and Saskatchewans (26 per cent).

Angus Reid

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