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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Natow

Polls: Tuition-Free College Favored by Young People but Disfavored by More than Half of All Voters

Tuition-free college is certain to be a key higher education policy issue in the Democratic primary for the 2020 presidential election, as it was in 2016. Inside Higher Education reports that a recent poll by Harvard's Institute of Politics indicates that more than 50% of respondents between the ages of 18-29 favor tuition-free college, while a recent Quinnipiac poll shows that tuition-free college is favored by just 45% of all voters.

From Inside Higher Education: The Harvard poll question asked about "making community college free and four-year institutions free for all families who earn $125,000 and under a year. Even with the $47 billion price tag ... estimated for the plan, more than half still agreed [with the policy]. An earlier version of the poll had asked about free college without a cost estimate and support only dropped by five percentage points, from 56 to 51 percent."

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