What should the U.S. do about the $1.6 trillion in student debt?

Trillions in debt

Student debt in the U.S. is now over $1.6 trillion. Is it time to start relieving student debt through lower interest rates and student loan forgiveness?

19% Said
That'd be smart
81% Said
No, they need to pay up
19% of Men Said
That'd be smart
81% of Men Said
No, they need to pay up
21% of Women Said
That’d be smart
79% of Women Said
No, they need to pay up

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Will Dems help or hurt?

Almost every Democratic presidential candidate has a plan to reduce or cancel student debt. Would imposing plans like this help or hurt the country for the most part?

10% Said
Mostly Help
90% Said
Mostly hurt
9% of Men Said
Mostly help
91% of Men Said
Mostly hurt
14% of Women Said
Mostly help
86% of Women Said
Mostly hurt

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Free junior college

Do you support tuition-free community colleges in the U.S.?

26% Said
I’d support that
74% Said
I do not
24% of Men Said
I’d support that
76% of Men Said
I do not
33% of Women Said
I’d support that
67% of Women Said
I do not

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Is Bernie right?

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders wants the U.S. government to pay for two-thirds of college tuition. He wants the states to pay the last third. Do you support this plan?

7% Said
Yes, go Bernie!
93% Said
No, terrible idea
8% of Men Said
Yes, go Bernie!
92% of Men Said
No, terrible idea
5% of Women Said
Yes, go Bernie!
95% of Women Said
No, terrible idea

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Is it possible?

Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren wants to wipe out student debt for nearly 75 percent of the population. Do you think Congress would pass a plan like this?

3% Said
I bet they would
97% Said
No, too much partisanship
4% of Men Said
I bet they would
96% of Men Said
No, too much partisanship
0% of Women Said
I bet they would
100% of Women Said
No, too much partisanship

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Is forgiveness fair?

Some politicians think universal student debt forgiveness isn’t fair and would build resentment amongst those who have spent years paying off their student loans. Do you think debt forgiveness is fair?

11% Said
I think it is
89% Said
Not at all
15% of Men Said
I think it is
85% of Men Said
Not at all
0% of Women Said
I think it is
100% of Women Said
Not at all

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Trump’s loan plan

President Trump has proposed not allowing students to take on loans greater than they can afford. Critics say that plan harms low-income students. Would you support this plan?

77% Said
Plan makes sense
23% Said
That wouldn't work
76% of Men Said
Plan makes sense
24% of Men Said
That wouldn’t work
78% of Women Said
Plan makes sense
22% of Women Said
That wouldn’t work

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Taxing the rich

Do you support increasing taxation on the rich to lower student loan interest rates?

4% Said
Totally
96% Said
No way
5% of Men Said
Totally
95% of Men Said
No way
0% of Women Said
Totally
100% of Women Said
No way

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Interest rates

Current student loan interest rates are almost double normal interest rates. Should these rates be reduced to help the millions of in-debt students?

62% Said
Yes, that’s absurd
38% Said
No, pay your loans
61% of Men Said
Yes, that’s absurd
39% of Men Said
No, pay your loans
68% of Women Said
Yes, that’s absurd
32% of Women Said
No, pay your loans

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Reducing motivation for success?

Do you think higher tax rates on the rich reduces motivation to achieve success?

81% Said
I think it does
19% Said
No way, rich life rocks
80% of Men Said
I think it does
20% of Men Said
No way, rich life rocks
85% of Women Said
I think it does
15% of Women Said
No way, rich life rocks

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Expensive tuition

Do you think tuition is too high?

91% Said
Absolutely
9% Said
Not really
88% of Men Said
Absolutely
12% of Men Said
Not really
100% of Women Said
Absolutely
0% of Women Said
Not really

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Trade schools

Do you think enough focus is put on trade school programs?

1% Said
Yes
99% Said
No, not enough
1% of Men Said
Yes
99% of Men Said
No, not enough
0% of Women Said
Yes
100% of Women Said
No, not enough

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An international approach

Other countries like Germany have made higher education free to all students for years. Should the U.S. adopt college education programs like those seen in the international community?

12% Said
Totally, that’d be better
88% Said
No way, what do they know
14% of Men Said
Totally, that’d be better
86% of Men Said
No way, what do they know
9% of Women Said
Totally, that’d be better
91% of Women Said
No way, what do they know

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Rethinking funding

Would you support decreasing U.S. military funding to help pay for lower tuition rates in colleges?

1% Said
Yes, rethink funding
99% Said
That jeopardizes our security
1% of Men Said
Yes, rethink funding
99% of Men Said
That jeopardizes our security
0% of Women Said
Yes, rethink funding
100% of Women Said
That jeopardizes our security

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A bad program?

Close to 99 percent of all applicants for student loan forgiveness have been denied. Is the Department of Education running this program correctly?

24% Said
Clearly no!
76% Said
Problem is the applicants
21% of Men Said
Clearly no!
79% of Men Said
Problem is the applicants
35% of Women Said
Clearly no!
65% of Women Said
Problem is the applicants

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Who should qualify?

99 percent of applicants are being denied student loan forgiveness. Does Congress need to rethink who qualifies for the loan relief program?

22% Said
Yes, help more people
78% Said
No way, no handouts
22% of Men Said
Yes, help more people
78% of Men Said
No way, no handouts
22% of Women Said
Yes, help more people
78% of Women Said
No way, no handouts

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AOC thinks it’s fair

Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says calling student loan forgiveness unfair is like saying “because I was hazed, now everyone else needs to be hazed in the future.” Do you agree?

6% Said
Yes, that makes sense
94% Said
No, apples and oranges
5% of Men Said
Yes, that makes sense
95% of Men Said
No, apples and oranges
12% of Women Said
Yes, that makes sense
88% of Women Said
No, apples and oranges

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Is it socialist?

Do you think forgiving student loans is a socialist policy?

91% Said
Yes I do
9% Said
No not really
90% of Men Said
Yes I do
10% of Men Said
No not really
91% of Women Said
Yes I do
9% of Women Said
No not really

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Republicans vs. Democrats?

Do you think the student debt forgiveness issue is a partisan issue?

92% Said
Yes, the parties are split
8% Said
No, I see bipartisan support
89% of Men Said
Yes, the parties are splity
11% of Men Said
No, I see bipartisan support
100% of Women Said
Yes, the parties are split
0% of Women Said
No, I see bipartisan support

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Does debt free mean tuition free?

Do you think the student debt crisis can be solved without making colleges tuition-free?

6% Said
No, it re-creates the issue
94% Said
Yes, free tuition isn’t needed
8% of Men Said
No, it re-creates the issue
92% of Men Said
Yes, free tuition isn’t needed
0% of Women Said
No, it re-creates the issue
100% of Women Said
Yes, free tuition isn’t needed

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