The Biden Administration Takes Unprecedented Action to Protect Borrowers from a Long-Broken, Predatory and Abusive Student Loan System; Half of Student Loan Borrowers May be Debt Free; New SBPC-Data for Progress Poll Shows Broad Public Support for Action
August 24, 2022 | WASHINGTON, D.C. — Just as President Biden announced his sweeping plan to cancel student debt, Data for Progress (DfP) and the Student Borrower Protection Center (SBPC) released their latest tracking poll finding that likely voters continue to support action to cancel student debt by nearly a 2:1 margin.
According to the poll, 60 percent of likely voters support action to cancel “some” or “all” student debt “for every borrower,” including 61 percent of likely voters without a college degree, 54 percent of likely voters who have never had a student loan, and 57 percent of likely voters who previously paid off a student loan.
From August 19 to 21, Data for Progress conducted a survey of 1,425 likely voters nationally using web panel respondents. The sample was weighted to be representative of likely voters by age, gender, education, race, and voting history. The survey was conducted in English. The margin of error is ±3 percentage points.
SBPC Polling Round Up
Latest Poll (August 19, 2022 to 21, 2022): Widespread Support for Action to Cancel Student Debt Continues
June 10, 2022 to June 13, 2022: New Tracking Poll Shows Voters Demand Action to Cancel Student Debt
May 20, 2022 to May 24, 2022: Likely Voters Support Action to Cancel Student Debt by a 2-to-1 Margin
April 30, 2022 to May 3, 2022: Latest Tracking Poll Shows Significant Federal Action on Student Debt Remains Consistently Popular Among Likely Voters
March 17, 2022 to May 3, 2022: Overwhelming, Bipartisan Majorities of Young Voters Want President Biden to Cancel Student Debt for Everyone
March 17, 2022 to March 21, 2022: As Restart of Student Loan Payments Approaches, Vast Majority of Latino Voters Expect Major Shift in Families’ Financial Security
March 4, 2022 to March 7, 2022: Time for Action – Large Majority Backs Pause on Student Loan Payments
February 18, 2022 to February 22, 2022: As Joe Biden Addresses the Nation, Voters of Color Overwhelmingly Support Action to Cancel Student Debt, Extend Pause on Student Loan Payments
February 4, 2022 to February 6, 2022 PART 2: More than 6-in-10 Voters Want Biden to Cancel Student Debt
February 4, 2022 to February 6, 2022 PART 1: As Inflation Soars, Large Bipartisan Majority Supports President Biden’s Pause on Student Loan Payments
December 15, 2021 to December 21, 2021: Poll Shows Fewer than 1-in-7 People with Student Debt “Very Confident” in their Ability to Make Payments in February; Nearly Half of Borrowers “Not at all Confident”
About Data for Progress
Data for Progress is a progressive think tank and polling firm which arms movements with data-driven tools to fight for a more equitable future. DFP provides polling, data-based messaging, and policy generation for the progressive movement, and advises campaigns and candidates with the tools they need to win. DFP polling is regularly cited by The New York Times, The Washington Post, MSNBC, CBS News, and hundreds of other trusted news organizations.
Learn more at dataforprogress.org or follow DFP on Twitter at @dataprogress.
About Student Borrower Protection Center
The Student Borrower Protection Center (SBPC) is a nonprofit organization focused on alleviating the burden of student debt for millions of Americans. The SBPC engages in advocacy, policymaking, and litigation strategy to rein in industry abuses, protect borrowers’ rights, and advance economic opportunity for the next generation of students.
Learn more at protectborrowers.org or follow SBPC on Twitter @theSBPC.