I'll only buy a planner or notebook if the paper is acid-free
It's an added bonus if the paper is acid-free but not a dealbreaker if it's not
It doesn't matter at all to me if the paper is acid-free or not
To be honest I was expecting more people to say that acid-free/ archival paper is important to them. After all, the paper planner and notebook crowd is more likely to value long-term archiving than the electronic crowd, or so I assumed.
But it turns out, it doesn't matter! A friend of mine in the planner business told me after I started this poll that acid-free paper is an industry standard these days, and 99% of paper is acid-free whether the company advertises it as such or not. Even the notebooks you buy at the grocery store most likely have acid-free paper.
This is great news to me! I'm in the group of people who will only buy a planner or notebook if the paper is acid-free. Now that it's a non-issue, this opens up all kinds of great planner and notebook options for me! I can use whatever I like without worrying about my writing fading over time.
Many thanks to everyone who participated in this poll!