Americans think Congress should work towards lowering student debt and increasing funding for public education, according to a new poll from Politico.
The survey, conducted in partnership with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, found that the majority of Americans rated "finding ways to lessen student debt" and "increasing spending on K-12 public education" as “extremely important” issues for Congress to work on.
When asked about six separate areas of education policy:
- 79 percent rated student debt as “extremely important,” including 87 percent of Democrats and 61 percent of Republicans.
- 76 percent said the same of funding for public education, including 88 percent of Democrats and 64 percent of Republicans.
- 66 percent also backed funding for community colleges and for new school buildings
- 59 percent of Republicans want Congress to put forth legislation "to make it easier for students to go to charter schools or private schools.”
Democrats preferred a policy to increase spending on community colleges, at 76 percent, and to "increase federal regulation of for-profit colleges and for-profit technical institutes," at 59 percent.
Politico did not include the poll’s methodology.
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