62% Favor Government Loans for Good Students From Poor Households
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
President Obama is calling for an extension of low interest rates on some student loans, a proposal his Republican opponent Mitt Romney has embraced. Americans still strongly believe good students can get student loans and grants if they need them, but they're less supportive of government-backed loans for low-income students.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 71% of American Adults think it’s at least somewhat likely that if someone really wants to go to college and is academically qualified, they can get grants and student loans needed to pay for tuition. Only 21% believe that's unlikely. These figures include 25% who say it’s Very Likely and three percent (3%) who believe it’s Not At All Likely. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
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The survey of 1,000 Adults nationwide was conducted on April 21-22, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
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