Morning Consult conducted a survey, commissioned by Center for Responsible Lending. The poll is presented as a short Powerpoint-style slide deck with key takeaways and charts.

Key findings include:

  • Millions struggled to meet their basic needs due to the burden of student debt
  • Low-income borrowers in loan forgiveness programs were more likely to skip meals and face wage garnishment throughout the pandemic
  • The COVID-19 pandemic forced one-third of student debt borrowers to use savings or credit cards to meet overall expenses
  • The payment pause helped roughly 40 percent of  student loan borrowers pay for daily expenses (food, gas, transportation, etc.)
  • The poll shows strong bipartisan support for student debt cancellation and other student debt relief options

Download the complete findings. 

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