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Poll: Most young Americans support tuition-free college, Medicare for all, and a federal jobs guarantee

A recent poll of young Americans found that most of them support a variety of costly, taxpayer-funded federal entitlement program ideas popular among a democratic socialist agenda.

The Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School’s 2018 Fall National Youth Poll found that most voters aged 18 to 29 say they support tuition-free college, Medicare for all, and a federal jobs guarantee.

According to the poll results:

A federal jobs guarantee that would provide funding so that every American would be guaranteed a job paying at least $15 an hour and offering paid family/sick leave and health benefits: 56% support, 20% oppose among all 18-29 year-olds (18% don’t know); 63% support, 24% oppose among likely voters (10% don’t know).

Eliminating tuition and fees at public four-year colleges and universities for students from families that make up to $125,000 per year and making community college tuition-free for all income levels: 56% support, 20% oppose among all 18- 29 year-olds (18% don’t know); 62% support, 25% oppose among likely voters (11% don’t know).

Single Payer Health Care (also referred Medicare for all) where the federal government would cover all the health care expenses of individuals: 55% support, 21% oppose among all 18-29 year-olds (19% don’t know); 67% support, 23% oppose among likely voters (8% don’t know).

The idea of a federal jobs guarantee is one that’s being floated more often by left-leaning scholars. In fact, a Stony Brook University economist who has become a darling among social progressive politicians and policy wonks is advising the Democrat Party to run on the idea of a universal job guarantee.

It also appears tuition-free college remains a popular idea among young people, and has also been a favorite talking point among Democrat politicians. It was one reason Bernie Sanders soared with millennial voters in the 2016 presidential primaries.

Meanwhile, the democratic socialist effort to install a single payer health care system in the United States retains support among young voters.

Harvard pollsters did not ask participants how the country would afford these massive entitlement proposals.

The poll also found many young Americans say they plan to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.

“Overall, 40 percent report that they will ‘definitely vote’ in the midterms, with 54 percent of Democrats, 43 percent of Republicans and 24 percent of Independents considered likely voters,” the poll found.

The poll took place between October 3 and October 17, and its margin of error +/- 3.18 percentage points.

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