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Most Americans Support Student Loan Cancellation, Stock Trading Bans, and Permanent Daylight Saving Time

Thursday, March 31, 2022 By Bryan Bennett
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Welcome to NAVIGATOR – a project designed to better understand the American public’s views on issues of the day and help advocates, elected officials, and other interested parties understand the language, imagery, and messaging needed to make and win key policy arguments.
Key takeaways
  • Canceling a portion of student loan debt remains broadly supported and increases the share who say Biden has kept his promises.
  • Bipartisan majorities support limiting stock trading by members of Congress and federal judges.
  • Nearly two in three support making Daylight Saving Time permanent.

Canceling Some Student Loan Debt Remains Popular and Is Most Supported By Younger, Black, and Hispanic Americans

Almost three in five Americans support canceling at least a portion of student loan debt, including nearly two in three of those under the age of 45 (64%). Three in five independents (59%) also support the idea.

Canceling a Portion of Federal Student Loan Debt Leads a Majority to Say Biden Has Kept Campaign Promises

The greatest increases in perceptions that Biden has kept his campaign promises occur among independents (+10), Republicans (+10), and white Americans (+8), leading a majority of independents to say he has kept his promises (54%).

Nearly Three in Four Americans Support Legislation to Limit Stock Trading by Members of Congress and Federal Judges

A version of the question that also asks about limiting the ability of Supreme Court Justices and other federal judges to trade stock garners a slightly lower level of support than a version that only asks about members of Congress.

Bipartisan Support Exists for Making Daylight Saving Time Permanent

Majorities of every partisan and racial group support the change. Those most recently employed in white collar work (68%) are more supportive than blue collar (61%) or service industry (60%) Americans.

Almost Half of Americans Hold Favorable Views of Tom Brady, But His Favorability Drops When People Hear He Un-Retired

Upon initial ask, nearly half of Americans view Tom Brady favorably. When introducing his un-retirement from the NFL, his favorability drops 7 points, with a plurality of liberal Democrats viewing him unfavorably (42%).

About The Study

This release features findings from national online surveys of 1,000 registered voters conducted March 17-21, 2022. Additional interviews were conducted among 107 Hispanic voters, 102 African American voters, 96 independents without a partisan lean, and 79 Asian American and Pacific Islander voters.

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In a world where the news cycle is the length of a tweet, our leaders often lack the real-time public-sentiment analysis to shape the best approaches to talking about the issues that matter the most. Navigator is designed to act as a consistent, flexible, responsive tool to inform policy debates by conducting research and reliable guidance to inform allies, elected leaders, and the press. Navigator is a project led by pollsters from Global Strategy Group and GBAO along with an advisory committee, including: Andrea Purse, progressive strategist; Arkadi Gerney, The Hub Project; Joel Payne, The Hub Project; Christina Reynolds, EMILY’s List; Delvone Michael, Working Families; Felicia Wong, Roosevelt Institute; Mike Podhorzer, AFL-CIO; Jesse Ferguson, progressive strategist; Navin Nayak, Center for American Progress Action Fund; Stephanie Valencia, EquisLabs; and Melanie Newman, Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

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