Biden’s student loan payment break is popular. He could go even further.

Majority of voters back Biden administration’s extended pause on federal student loan payments through August, new report says Morning Consult/Politico poll. But it’s not clear that the decision offers Democrats a boost among voters who owe loan repayments, who are less likely to approve of Biden’s job performance or support a Democratic congressional candidate than they would. weren’t six months ago.

Most voters back Biden’s student loan payment suspension

Voters were asked if they supported or opposed suspending monthly payments and interest for federal student loans through Aug. 31.

Poll conducted April 8-11, 2022 among a representative sample of 2,005 registered voters, with an unweighted margin of error of +/- 2 percentage points. Figures may not total 100% due to rounding.

Where do Americans stand on extending the moratorium on student loan payments?
  • Overall, 53% of voters support pausing federal student loan repayments through the end of August, including 72% Democrats and 51% independents. Another 35% oppose the move, pushed by nearly 3 in 5 Republicans.
  • Nearly 3 in 5 voters under 45 support the moratorium, along with 52% of voters 65 and older. The question divides voters aged 45 to 64 the most, with 46% supporting and 42% opposing.
  • Seven in 10 voters who say they have at least some student loan debt support Biden’s decision to extend the payment break through August, but they’re not alone: ​​48% of people who say they don’t owe money for the university also support the freeze.
The context

Biden has faced constant pressure from prominent Democrats such as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to use executive power to fully forgive up to $50,000 in student loans owed by federal borrowers. .

The president has resisted going that far, but has now extended former President Donald Trump’s pandemic-related moratorium four times. The current extension is due to expire at the end of August, about two months before November’s midterm elections.

Fewer than one in four voters (23%) say passing a bill to relieve Americans with student loan debt should be a “top priority” for Congress, with younger voters being the more likely to share this view. But of the 1 in 5 voters who said they have student loan debt, 47% say relief should be a top priority — and Democrats could use some support with that segment of the electorate.

How voters who owe student loans view Democrats
  • Among borrowers who owe student loan repayments, 50% approve of Biden’s job performance, down from 56% in Octoberwhile 47% disapprove, compared to 40% during the same period.
  • On the generic Congressional ballot, Democrats have a 19-point advantage over Republicans with voters who owe student loans, up from a 27-point lead in October.
  • Voters who owe student loans are less likely than those who don’t to say they are “extremely” enthusiastic about voting halfway through, 21% to 27%.

The last Morning Consult/Politico poll was conducted April 8-11, 2022 among a representative sample of 2,005 registered U.S. voters, with an unweighted margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

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