Majority of independents oppose Biden’s student loan program

A poll found that most New Hampshire independents oppose President Joe Biden’s recent student loan program he announced in August, which would give up to $20,000 to some borrowers.

A poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire found that a majority of Democrats – Biden’s political party – backed the president’s recent student loan program, while most independents – who have become a major electoral bloc in the over the past few years – and Republicans oppose the plan.

The poll found that 86% of Democrats support Biden’s plan to cancel student loans, while 8% said they oppose it. Among Democrats, five percent were neutral and one percent didn’t know or weren’t sure.

Among independents, only 33% supported Biden’s efforts, while a majority (59%) opposed the program. There were also three percent who were neutral overall and four percent who didn’t know or weren’t sure.

For Republicans, only 5% supported Biden’s recent student loan program, while a super majority (88%) opposed it. There were also six percent who were neutral overall.

The granite staters are tightly divided; 44% said they would support Biden’s plan, while 49% would oppose it. There were also five percent who were neutral overall, as well as one percent who didn’t know or weren’t sure.

Last month, Biden announced his decision to forgive $10,000 in federal student loan debt for certain borrowers who earn less than $125,000 a year and up to $20,000 for Pell Grant recipients. The president described it as a “campaign promise” to give “working and middle-class families a break” on student loans.

Analysis of the Penn Wharton budget model from the University of Pennsylvania noted that “debt cancellation alone will cost up to $519 billion,” but “depending on future IDR program details to be released and potential (i.e., “non-static”) behavioral changes, total plan costs could exceed $1 trillion.

The Granite State survey conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center was conducted August 15-29 with 1,993 members of the Granite State Panel. The poll had a margin of error of 2.2%.

Jacob Bliss is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at or follow him on Twitter @JacobMBliss.


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