This piece originally appeared in The Intercept
Bernie Sanders’s plan to make tuition free at all public colleges and universities is becoming a mainstream position in the Democratic Party.
But the plan has appeal far beyond the Democratic faithful.
A Morning Consult poll conducted in mid-September finds that a plurality of self-identified Republicans now agree with a “proposal to make four-year public colleges and universities tuition-free,” as the question is worded.
Forty-seven percent of Republican respondents say they strongly or somewhat support the proposal, while 45 percent say they strongly or somewhat oppose it. Seven percent say they don’t know or have no opinion.
Among self-identified tea party backers, support is also strong — with 50 percent saying they support the proposal while 49 percent oppose it.
Overall, 63 percent of Americans support the proposal, while 29 percent oppose it.