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Survey: 1 in 5 Democrats won’t support Biden unless he acts on student loans

Some 23 percent of registered voters said they won’t vote for Biden without action.

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the September jobs report, Friday, October 8, 2021, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)
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More than one in five American voters say they will not cast a vote for incumbent President Joe Biden if the president does not move to cancel some or all student loan debt, according to a recent survey of registered voters.

Approximately 21 percent of Democrats said they wouldn’t support Biden in the next presidential election if the president does not make good on his promise of student loan debt forgiveness, according to the survey released by Intelligent. Some 23 percent of registered voters, including 20 percent of Republicans, said they won’t vote for Biden without action.

A further 34 percent of registered voters surveyed said that they are “somewhat” or “very dissatisfied” with the president’s handling of student loan debt.

“To the majority of registered voters, student loan cancellation matters,” the survey reads. “Forty-two percent say the issue is ‘very important to them, while 35 percent say it’s ‘somewhat important.'”

Democrats remain the one group surveyed that will stand behind the president no matter what his ultimate move on student loan debt, according to the survey, with 61 percent of Republicans surveyed indicating they would not vote for Biden under any circumstances.

“Those who call student loan debt cancellation a ‘very important issue are even more likely to signal unwillingness to vote for Biden in 2024,” the survey reads. “Thirty-three percent of these voters won’t cast their ballot for Biden unless he acts on student loans, compared to 19 percent of people who call it a ‘somewhat important issue, and 10% who say it’s ‘not at all important.'”

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A wide majority of registered voters surveyed said that student loan debt forgiveness remains a key issue point when considering their choice for congressional candidates. Eighty-two percent of Democratic respondents to the study indicated that a candidate’s stance on student loan debt forgiveness is a key consideration for them when deciding who to vote for in the upcoming midterm elections.

“Given the importance of the student loan debt issue, and their dissatisfaction with Biden’s handling of it, the majority of Americans are also looking to Congress to deal with student loan debt cancellation,” the survey reads. “As voters begin to consider candidates for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in the 2022 midterm elections, the majority are paying attention to what candidates have to say about the student loan debt crisis.”

In April, the federal student debt moratorium was extended by Biden until Aug. 31. At the same time, the U.S. Department of Education plans to implement broad student loan forgiveness for American students who’ve taken on student loan debt. Yet, the president has yet to give an indication of his final decision regarding student loan debt forgiveness.

John is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can contact him at [email protected] or via Twitter.

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