Poll: David Schweikert's Idea for a Dollar Coin Is Awesome, According to Just About No Republicans in His District

Remember the Sacagawea dollar? Remember how reverse-awesome that was? Susan B. Anthony, anyone? Eisenhower?!

Well, Arizona Republican Congressman David Schweikert's trying to bring back the dollar coin, and according to a recent poll, Schweikert's own constituents aren't fans of the idea -- by a pretty healthy margin.

The poll -- which we'll mention was conducted by a firm on behalf of a pro-dollar bill advocacy group called "Americans for George" -- says a full 79 percent of Schweikert's Republican constituents think the dollar coin is both "unnecessary" and "unwanted."

Schweikert's "COINS" Act, which he introduced in September, is meant to be a way to save the taxpayers money, as Schweikert's office claims the act would save the country $5.5 billion over 30 years.

The act would require Federal Reserve banks to stop issuing dollar bills four years after the legislation is enacted, or when the circulation of dollar coins reaches 600 million annually, whichever comes first.

Paper, as you can imagine, has to be replaced more frequently than coins, and Schweikert says a dollar coin lasts as long as 17 dollar bills.

Schweikert's Republican constituents -- at least, according to this poll -- don't really give a rip.

The poll results say 87 percent of Schweikert-committed voters oppose the COINS Act, and 81 percent of Republicans committed to Congressman Ben Quayle in the state's sixth Congressional district don't like it either.

Sixty-six percent said the dollar bill is "more American" than the coin.

As far as the poll's legitimacy is concerned, the advocacy group for the dollar coin doesn't have too many arguments.

According to the "Dollar Coin Alliance," they're "questioning" the polls -- which are being commissioned across the country by the pro-dollar bill group -- because the poll questions don't mention the projected savings under the coin plan.

Former Congressman Jim Kolbe is the "honorary chairman" of the Dollar Coin Alliance. You may remember Kolbe's one of the guys who pushed for the Sacagawea dollar, and also tried to get rid of pennies at one point.

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Matthew Hendley
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