Canadians have been living with their new plastic money for more than a year now and a poll suggests they like them, despite controversies such as melting bills and trouble with vending machines and ATMs.
The Globe and Mail reports that a poll by Forum Research found 60 per cent of those surveyed approved of the bills, compared with 24 per cent who disliked them and 16 per cent who didn't care one way or the other.
The Bank of Canada began replacing the familiar rag paper-based back notes with polymer bills in 2011, starting with $100 and $50 bills and, last fall, the much-used $20. New $5 and $10 notes will be issued this year.
The new plastic bills were touted as more durable and less vulnerable to counterfeiting. But stories soon began cropping up that the bills shrivelled if exposed to heat. The Canadian Press reported in January the Bank of Canada would not discuss the reported problems out of concern for national security and international relations.
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