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Data: Generation Lab poll; Chart: Axios Visuals

Of the college students receiving stimulus checks, 62% plan to pocket or invest their new cash, according to a new Generation Lab/Axios poll.

Why it matters: It's money that won't be fed back into the economy, and one indicator that the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill will benefit many individuals in a way that won't necessarily help the economy roar back.

  • 44% plan to spend the money on essentials, while 27% plan to pay off their credit card, student loans or other debts.

Even among the 84% of students who have been or plan to get vaccinated, less than half (42%) plan to visit indoor bars.

  • They would rather have fun in more controlled settings. 53% said they would probably or definitely attend house parties. For those who don't plan to get vaccinated, 62% would attend house parties.
  • Many plan to carry some of the more wholesome behavior shifts from the pandemic into the future, like spending more time outside (40%) and living with or spending more time with family members (36%).

Taking a way-too-early look at 2024, college students have somewhat rallied around President Biden, at least compared to February 2020, when he polled at just 7% compared to Bernie Sanders' 42%.

  • Asked who they would vote for in the next presidential election, 27% favored Biden, 22% went for Sanders and 14% picked former President Donald Trump.

Methodology: The poll was conducted March 16-18, 2021, from a representative sample of 804 college students. The margin of error is +/- 3.4 percentage points. Generation Lab’s polling is conducted using a demographically representative panel of college students from around the country. The surveys are administered digitally.

 

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The officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, outside Minneapolis Sunday appeared to have inadvertently pulled out her gun instead of a taser, police said.

Driving the news: "This appears to me, from what I viewed in the officer's reaction and distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright," Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon told reporters Monday.

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Top national security officials from the U.S. and Israel will convene virtually on Tuesday for a second round of strategic talks on Iran, three Israeli officials tell me.

Why it matters: The talks come two days after an explosion at an Iranian nuclear facility that experts consider a likely act of Israeli sabotage, and one day before the U.S. resumes indirect nuclear talks in Vienna over a return to the 2015 nuclear deal — a prospect that has raised anxiety levels in Jerusalem.

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