A new survey by the Harvard Institute of Politics shows 18-to-29-year-old voters will play a vital role in the Democratic campaigns for the 2020 presidential election, making up more than a third of eligible voters. The reason for the overwhelming support: “free” programs.
The survey indicates the support of young people lowers once they find out the programs are not really “free.”
Interviewing more than 3,000 young people, the survey shows the percentage for the two biggest campaign promises to young people drops after they find out the truth.
Support for White House hopeful Bernie Sander’s elimination of private health insurance in favor of a single government plan falls from 55% to below 47% when young people were told the program would cost $2.5 trillion a year.
The number also decreased from 56% to 51% when young people were told “free” college would cost $47 billion a year. Certain Democrat hopefuls like Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Kirsten Gillibrand have pushed the notion for “free” college for “students for families that make up to $125,000 per year,” and all community colleges free for “all income levels.”
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