It’s no secret that many politicians in the United States have shied away from cryptocurrency, as they are often unsure about whether to endorse or attack the sector. In fact, a Senate hearing has made waves in the cryptocurrency community, as it featured Nouriel Roubini, a famous economist, railing against cryptocurrency to a point that many considered excessive and unprofessional. However, one exception to the rule has been Ron Paul, an 83-year old Republican U.S. representative. While many politicians have been shying away from speaking about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, Ron Paul – also a medical doctor – tweeted out a poll yesterday that has yielded some interesting results.

The tweet has gone viral, and as of press time, there is still 4 hours left to vote on the poll. It has garnered over 3,000 retweets and likes, and currently boasts over 80,000 votes. The question posed is this: “A wealthy person gifts you $10,000. You get to choose in which form you’ll accept the gift. But there’s a catch: You must keep the gift in the form that you choose for 10 years without touching it. In which form would you accept the gift?”

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Many in the cryptocurrency community have shared the poll, as it certainly could be viewed as a bullish sign: over half of the votes are for Bitcoin, which leads the poll, although gold does make up 38% of the votes. The more “traditional” financial investment choices such as Federal Reserve Notes and US 10-year Treasury Bonds only picked up 11% of the votes.


Ron Paul, who used to be skeptical of Bitcoin, seems to have changed his tone. In a recent blog post, the U.S. Representative criticized the Federal Reserve, and suggested that a tax exemption on cryptocurrencies could help to prevent a future recession.