A new poll found a majority supports some form of student loan forgiveness but also think people who didn't attend college shouldn't be forced to foot the bill, suggesting the relief plan contemplated by President Joe Biden would get a mixed reception.
The new poll from YouGov found that over 60% of people support some student debt cancellation for all borrowers, including 26% who want to see all student loan debt forgiven. Meanwhile, only 33% of people think there should be no student loan forgiveness.
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But the survey also found that 47% of the public thinks forgiving student loans would be unfair to people who have already paid off their loans, and 60% of those polled said they didn't believe people who did not attend college should be required to foot the bill.
The poll results come as the Biden administration is reportedly working on a plan to cancel at least some of the $1.5 trillion in federally held student loan debt through executive action. Payments and interest accumulation on federally held student loans were frozen in the early days of the pandemic by the Trump administration, and the Biden administration extended the freeze multiple times, most recently last month.
Most borrowers could see at least $10,000 in student loan debt eliminated under the plans currently under consideration by the administration, which would eliminate over a quarter of the average student loan balance.
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Experts, including some liberal lawyers, say a broad student loan cancellation would likely encounter stiff legal challenges.
The YouGov poll had a sample size of 1,000 people and a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4%.