The vast majority of young Americans likely to vote want Biden to act on student debt — but many don't believe their votes make 'a real difference,' Harvard poll finds
- A Harvard poll found 85% of young Americans want
Bidento take some form of action on student debt.
- Still, it found 42% of voters under 30 don't believe their votes "make a real difference."
Young Americans might be pessimistic about the impact of their votes — but that doesn't mean they don't have ideas about how elected officials can act on their behalf.
On Monday, Harvard Kennedy School's Institute of
But they still want to see President Joe Biden act on the issues they care about. According to the poll, 85% of young Americans favor some form of government action on the student debt crisis, with 38% of them favoring full debt cancellation. Of young Democrats likely to vote in November, 43% favor canceling student debt for everyone, compared to 13% of likely Republican
"In the past two election cycles, America's youngest voters have proven themselves to be a formidable voting bloc with a deep commitment to civic engagement. Our new poll shows a pragmatic idealism as they consider the state of our democracy and the concerning challenges they face in their lives," Institute of Politics Director Mark Gearan said in a statement. "Elected officials from both parties would benefit from listening to young Americans and as we head into the midterm elections."
As Biden's approval rating remains low, Democratic lawmakers have increased the urgency of carrying out progressive priorities, like student-loan forgiveness, before midterm elections in order to maintain the majority in Congress. Biden most recently extended the pause on student-loan payments an additional four months, through August 31, but if he chooses to restart payments before November, it'll make outcomes at the polls a lot less favorable for his party.
"The idea that young people today should be shackled by debt just to try to get an education so they can try to compete is fundamentally wrong," Warren said.
California Rep. Ro Khanna agreed with Warren in a recent interview with Insider, saying that young people are "very clear, and very passionate, they expect the Democrats to deliver on student debt relief. They say this is something we promised, the president promised."
Khanna was referring to the pledge Biden made on his campaign trail to approve $10,000 in student-loan forgiveness for every federal borrower, but with that pledge remaining unfulfilled, many lawmakers and advocates believe it's time for the president to deliver.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki recently said Biden will "make a decision" about canceling student debt or extend the payment pause again before the end of August, and Democrats and young voters are hopeful that decision will amount to broad relief for millions of federal borrowers.
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