77 Percent of Young Voters Said Student Debt Relief Motivated Them to Vote

The ballot discovered that 12 p.c of younger voters mentioned scholar debt aid was the one motive they voted.

As President Joe Biden’s scholar debt cancellation plan is held up in courtroom, new polling finds that scholar debt aid was a serious driver of votes on this 12 months’s midterm election — particularly amongst younger voters, who had been essential to delivering wins for Democrats in November.

Amongst 1,500 midterm voters polled by the Scholar Borrower Safety Heart and Seven Letter Perception after the final election in November, simply over half (51 p.c) mentioned that scholar debt aid was both the one motive they voted or was very or considerably motivating to their determination to go to the polls, with 25 p.c saying it was very motivating.

The problem was particularly necessary for younger voters, the polling discovered. Amongst voters aged between 18 and 29 who forged a poll, 77 p.c of voters mentioned that scholar debt aid was a motivating issue, with 47 p.c saying it was very motivating and 12 p.c saying it was the one motive they voted. The proportion of younger voters who felt motivated to vote due to debt aid is even greater than the proportion of voters with scholar debt who felt the identical, at 60 p.c for the latter group.

The ballot outcomes line up with earlier findings. In September, Knowledge for Progress discovered that 46 p.c of possible voters mentioned they had been extra prone to vote within the midterm elections due to Biden’s scholar debt cancellation plan.

The outcomes show the significance of scholar debt aid to voters and counsel that canceling scholar debt is a politically savvy transfer for Democrats.

The outcomes may additionally counsel that Biden ought to heed activists’ calls to pursue scholar debt aid extra aggressively, by means of a unique avenue than the one he used for the plan that’s set to return earlier than the Supreme Court docket subsequent 12 months; his plan to cancel as much as $10,000 of scholar debt for debtors or $20,000 for Pell Grant recipients might have helped to ship Democrats a better-than-expected consequence within the midterms, however debtors might have that aid yanked out from underneath them if the Supreme Court docket strikes down the plan in its present type.

Although scholar debt aid was as soon as thought to be a fringe leftist thought in institution political circles — and continues to be most fiercely advocated for by the left — the problem clearly weighs closely among the many public, particularly younger individuals.

Research has shown that younger persons are extra economically deprived than earlier generations had been on the identical age, and that younger persons are at present driving a leftward shift among the many citizens.

Younger persons are additionally extra possible than earlier generations to be burdened with scholar debt, as the price of school tuition has skyrocketed in latest many years and wages have remained stagnant, even whereas extra jobs require school levels. Since 2006, the full quantity of bank card and different widespread types of debt owed by the general public has remained relatively stagnant — however the quantity of scholar debt collectively owed within the U.S. has jumped from $500 billion to $1.75 trillion, in line with Federal Reserve statistics.

Earlier polls have confirmed that scholar debt cancellation is standard among the many public. A Knowledge for Progress ballot from September discovered that 55 p.c of possible voters assist Biden’s plan, together with 88 p.c of Democrats and 76 p.c of scholar mortgage debtors.