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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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Even more "back-to-office" callbacks are being postponed amid a surge in COVID-19 infections.

Why it matters: It feels like March 13, 2020, all over again. When businesses sent all their workers home, it was an early big hint the pandemic was going to upend our lives.

How the Delta variant ups the stakes in the war against COVID

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The dominant Delta variant's ability to efficiently infect people and rapidly grow inside a person is enabling the coronavirus to regain its footing in the United States.

Why it matters: "The solution is right in front of us — get everybody vaccinated and we wouldn't even be talking about this," NIAID director Anthony Fauci tells Axios.

Apple debuts plan to detect images of child sexual abuse

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Apple announced new iPhone features Thursday that it said would enable the detection and reporting of illegal images of child sexual abuse while preserving users' privacy.

Driving the news: One new system will use cryptographic hashes to identify illegal images that users are uploading to Apple's iCloud without Apple directly snooping in users' troves of photos, which can be encrypted.

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