Two Thirds Want Interest-Free Student Loans

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Two Thirds Want Interest-Free Student Loans

Agreement with interest-free loans until paid

In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1124 Ontario voters, two thirds agree that provincial student loans should remain interest free, not just as long as the student is in school, but until they are paid, whenever that may be (66%). Just one quarter do not approve of this idea (25%) and a tenth have no opinion (9%).

Agreement with the idea is especially common to the youngest (73%) but not the oldest (54%), with females (70%) rather than males (38%), among the less wealthy ($20K to $40K - 77%), among mothers (77%) and among New Democrats (81%).

Opposition is common to boomers (55 to 64 - 31%), the wealthiest ($100K to $250K - 37%), in Toronto (30%), among PCs (38%) and the best educated (post grad - 30%).

“It is interesting to see that those who agree the least with this idea, the oldest and wealthiest, are those least likely to need it" said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at or at (416) 960-9603.