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Voters Like Government Student Loans, Frown on Pell Grants That Don’t Have To be Repaid

Government student loans are another area under the congressional budget-cutting microscope. Most voters favor their continuation for poor and middle-income students but are decidedly less enthusiastic about outright government grants for schooling that don’t need to be repaid.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 75% of Likely U.S. Voters think the government should make loans available to a good student who comes from a poor household so he or she can go to college. Only 14% oppose such loans, with another 11% not sure about them. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Thirty-one percent (31%) of Americans said in June 2010 that it is too hard to get a student loan for college in this country today, while just 13% believe it’s too easy. Thirty-seven percent (37%) think the current student loan situation is about right.

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The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 17-18, 2011 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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