By Eli Yokley
April 13, 2022 at 6:00 am ET
The majority of voters support the Biden administration’s extended pause on federal student loan payments through August, according to a new Morning Consult/Politico survey. But it’s not apparent the decision is offering Democrats a boost among voters who owe loan payments, who are less likely to approve of Biden’s job performance or support a Democratic congressional candidate than they were six months ago.
Biden has faced consistent pressure from prominent Democrats such as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to use executive authority to all-out cancel up to $50,000 in student loans owed by federal borrowers.
The president has resisted going that far, but has now extended former President Donald Trump’s pandemic-related moratorium four different times. The current extension is set to expire in late August, roughly two months before the November midterm elections.
Less than 1 in 4 voters (23%) say passing a bill to provide relief to Americans with student loan debt should be a “top priority” for Congress, with the youngest voters most likely to hold that view. But among the 1 in 5 voters who reported having student loan debt, 47% say relief should be a top priority — and Democrats could use some shoring up with this segment of the electorate.
The latest Morning Consult/Politico survey was conducted April 8-11, 2022, among a representative sample of 2,005 registered U.S. voters, with an unweighted margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
Eli Yokley is a senior data reporter at Morning Consult covering politics and campaigns. @eyokley