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Three in Five Americans Support Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness Proposals

Thursday, May 30, 2024 By Gabriela Parra
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Poll: Biden & Student Loan Forgiveness

This Navigator Research report contains polling data on perceptions surrounding President Biden’s student loan debt proposals and actions, which party Americans trust to cancel student loan debt, and how Americans view the Supreme Court’s decision to block President Biden’s student loan debt forgiveness plan last summer.

Roughly three in five support President Biden’s initial plan to forgive student loan debt.


Three in five Americans support President Biden’s proposal to cancel some or all student loan debt for 43 million Americans. 59 percent of Americans support President Biden’s proposal, including four in five Democrats (80 percent), nearly three in five independents (58 percent), and one in three Republicans (36 percent). Additionally, President Biden’s proposal is also supported by nearly nine in ten Americans who have student loan debt (87 percent), two in three Americans under 35, and parents (67 percent each).

  • By a 29-point margin, more Americans trust President Biden and Democrats in Congress on canceling or reducing student loan debt than trust Republicans in Congress (57 percent Biden/Democrats – 28 percent Republicans), including by at least 20 points among Americans under 35 (net +27; 55 percent Biden/Democrats – 28 percent Republicans), Americans with college degrees (net +22; 55 percent Biden/Democrats – 33 percent Republicans), and independents (net +20; 39 percent Biden/Democrats – 19 percent Republicans). 
  • Majorities across racial demographics trust Biden and Democrats in Congress more with canceling or reducing student loan debt than Republicans in Congress, including Black Americans (net +57; 71 percent Biden/Democrats – 14 percent Republicans), Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (net +49; 69 percent Biden/Democrats – 20 percent Republicans), Hispanic Americans (net +32; 58 percent Biden/Democrats – 26 percent Republicans), and white Americans (net +23; 54 percent Biden/Democrats – 31 percent Republicans).
Bar graph of polling data from Navigator Research. Title: Majorities Support President Biden’s Initial Plan to Cancel Student Loan Debt for 43 Million Americans
Bar graph of polling data from Navigator Research. Title: A Majority of Americans Trust Biden and Democrats More on Canceling or Reducing Student Loan Debt

Nearly half of Americans disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision to block President Biden’s original proposal to forgive student loan debt.


A plurality of Americans disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision to block President Biden’s proposed student loan debt relief plan. While Americans narrowly disagree with the Supreme Court overturning President Biden’s proposed student loan debt relief plan (net -6; 42 percent agree – 48 percent disagree), a significantly larger three in five share support Biden’s alternative ways to provide student loan debt relief to over 30 million Americans (net +26; 58 percent support – 32 percent oppose), including among more than four in five Democrats (net +73; 83 percent support – 10 percent oppose), a majority of independents (net +28; 54 percent support – 26 percent oppose), and even a third of Republicans (net -23; 34 percent support – 57 percent oppose).

Bar graph of polling data from Navigator Research. Title: Pluralities Disagree with the Supreme Court’s Decision to Block President Biden’s Student Loan Plans

Three in five Americans support Biden finding alternative proposals to provide student loan debt relief.


Biden’s alternative plans are supported by wide margins among those under 35 (net +42; 66 percent support – 24 percent oppose), Americans who either currently have or had student loan debt (net +39; 67 percent support – 28 percent oppose) for each), and those living in households earning less than $50,000 per year (net +32; 60 percent support – 28 percent oppose).

Bar graph of polling data from Navigator Research. Title: Nearly Three in Five Support President Biden Finding Alternative Ways to Forgive Student Loans

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About The Study

Global Strategy Group conducted a public opinion survey among a sample of 1,000 registered voters from May 9-May 12, 2024. 100 additional interviews were conducted among Hispanic voters. 72 additional interviews were conducted among Asian American and Pacific Islander voters. 100 additional interviews were conducted among African American voters. 100 additional interviews were conducted among independent voters. The survey was conducted online, recruiting respondents from an opt-in online panel vendor. Respondents were verified against a voter file and special care was taken to ensure the demographic composition of our sample matched that of the national registered voter population across a variety of demographic variables.

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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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