How will a candidate’s position on housing impact the 2012 presidential election?
That and other questions were posed by a recent national survey on housing released by online real estate site Move Inc. Its key findings:
-- About 69.6 percent of Americans said a candidate's position on housing will be an important consideration when deciding who to vote for in the next presidential and congressional election.
-- Four out of five Americans, or 81.7 percent, consider housing to be a critical piece of the national economic recovery.
-- Three out of five polled, or 61.9 percent, think of their homes as a place to live compared to 24.8 percent who think of their homes as an investment.
-- One in three Americans, or 30.9 percent, think helping homeowners avoid foreclosure should be the next president's priority in the first 100 days in office. Keeping interest rates low ranked second, at 26.4 percent, and making more
affordable mortgage credit available, at 14 percent, placed third.
However, views are mixed when it comes to increasing or decreasing the role of government in housing.
The survey found that one in three Americans, 31 percent, said the role of government in housing should remain the same as it is today, while one in five, 21.3 percent, said it should be increased.
About 42 percent said government's role in housing should be reduced, especially Americans ages 35 to 64 (56.7 percent). Just over two-thirds (or 67.4 percent) of those polled said the president and Congress should reduce or keep the role of government in housing the same.
"After four years of living in a housing downturn, American voters clearly want answers and are looking to our elected leaders for solutions," said Errol Samuelson, chief revenue officer of Move Inc.