By Wide, Bipartisan Majority, New Poll Affirms Key Progressive Demand: Congress Should Act to Lessen Crushing Student Debt

September 16, 2020 0 By JohnValbyNation

A new poll out Monday points to a progressive mandate for the 116th Congress—it’s “extremely important” to do something about the crushing student debt crisis, now at a record high $1.465 trillion, a bipartisan majority says. 

The Politico/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health survey asked Americans to prioritize six educational policy areas, and according to a bipartisan majority—79 percent—”finding ways to lessen student debt” should be the top priority. That belief was backed by 87 percent of Democrats and 61 percent of Republicans who said tackling student debt was “extremely important.”

The poll also revealed strong support for “increasing spending on K-12 public education.”  Overall, 76 percent of respondents said it was an extremely important priority, landing it the number two spot. That strong backing came from 88 percent of Democrats and 64 percent of Republicans.