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McKenzie Wilson,

New Poll: Majority of Voters Support Extending the Pause on Student Loan Payments


On Tuesday, Data for Progress released new polling that finds 55% of likely voters support extending the pause on student loan payments past January 2022 given the rise of the Omicron and Delta coronavirus variants. 74% of Democrats, 56% of Independents and a third of Republicans think the pause should be extended.

The poll also finds that a significant majority of voters support the current pause on student loan payments by a +45-point margin. Support for the current pause stands at +80 points among Democrats, +48 points among Independents and +3 points among Republicans.

"Voters agree that the moratorium on student loan payments should be extended beyond January," said Marcela Mulholland, Political Director at Data for Progress. "The current and popular pause on student loan payments has provided relief to some 32 million borrowers during this ongoing pandemic. Rolling such relief back as the Omicron and Delta variants spread across this country will jeopardize millions of Americans and is sure to have political consequences."

Read the full polling tabs and methodology here.

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