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Poll: Voters Oppose Free College, Loan Forgiveness

May 1, 2019

A new Quinnipiac University poll finds 52 percent of voters oppose making all public colleges in the U.S. free. Only 45 percent support free public college.

Fifty-four percent of voters oppose and 41 percent of voters support free public college even if it is paid for by a new tax on wealthy individuals.

The poll also found that 57 percent of voters support having the federal government forgive up to $50,000 in student loans for people making less than $250,000 a year. Senator Elizabeth Warren has proposed offering up to $50,000 in student loan forgiveness to borrowers with a household income of up to $100,000. Borrowers with six-figure incomes would receive graduated loan forgiveness unless they earn more than $250,000 under the Warren plan.

Fifty-two percent of voters said they would oppose a loan forgiveness plan if it were paid for by a new tax on the wealthy, according to the poll.

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Ashley A. Smith

Ashley A. Smith, Reporter, covers community colleges, for-profit schools and non-traditional students for Inside Higher Ed. She joined the publication in 2015 after covering government and K-12 education for the Fort Myers News-Press in Florida for three years. Ashley also covered K-12 and higher education for three years at the Marshfield News-Herald in Wisconsin. She has interned with The Flint Journal, USA Today and the Detroit Free Press. Ashley grew up in Detroit and is a 2008 graduate of Michigan State University. 

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