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Are Student Debtors a Subconstituency? The Effect of Student Loans on Issue Voting

Are student loan debt holders issue voters? Presidential candidates are increasing their campaign efforts on policies of student loan forgiveness, thereby assuming that such proposals are targeting a valuable voting bloc that can improve their electoral prospects. However, such implicit claims have yet to be tested. We argue that student loan holders are a subconstituency that is aware of the issue appeals made by candidates and likely to vote based on self-interest.