As President Joe Biden faces sustained criticism for dismissing calls to cancel $50,000 in federal student loan debt per borrower, new polling released Thursday reveals strong support for him to "go big" and carry out that proposal.
Data for Progress found (pdf) that 54% of likely voters think Biden should use his executive authority to cancel $50,000 in student debt compared to just 37% who said he should not forgive that debt.
"It's almost like the American people want government to meet the scale of the crisis," wrote Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-N.Y.)—a co-sponsor of legislation introduced in December calling on Biden to cancel up to $50,000 in Federal student loan debt—in a tweet responding to the poll.
As Data for Progress' Prerna Jagadeesh wrote in a blog post analyzing the findings, Biden should view student debt cancellation as "not a liability but rather an opportunity, given how popular student loan debt cancellation is with the American people."
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