By CASEY HARPER
THE CENTER SQUARE
(The Center Square) – A majority of Americans think inflation will rise if President Joe Biden goes through with a potential plan to forgive $10,000 in student debt per borrower, according to a new poll.
The CNBC/Momentive survey found that 59% of those surveyed said they are concerned forgiving the debt will make inflation worse.
“Republicans are especially concerned: 81% of Republicans say student loan forgiveness will make inflation worse, nearly double the number of Democrats who say the same (41%),” Momentive said.
Inflation hit the highest level in decades for several consecutive months in the last year before its growth leveled off, at least temporarily, in July.
The poll found Americans are largely split on whether loans should be forgiven.
“Looking ahead, 34% say loans should be forgiven for those in need, 32% say all student loans should be forgiven, and 30% say no student loans should be forgiven for anyone,” Momentive said. “These numbers, too, have held steady since January.”
The poll comes as President Biden faces a looming deadline. In March 2020, former President Donald Trump first suspended the loan repayments citing COVID-19. That suspension has since been extended several times, but it is now set to expire at the end of the month. The debts do not accrue interest while frozen.
President Biden has yet to announce whether he will suspend repayments again or resume them.
The poll surveyed more than 5,000 adults online earlier this month.