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New High: 70% Think Struggling Homeowners Should Downsize

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

More Americans than ever believe that homeowners who can’t afford their mortgage payments should downsize rather than receive assistance from the government.

Just 18% of American Adults believe that if someone can’t afford his or her mortgage payments, it’s better for the government to assist in making those payments, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Seventy percent (70%) believe those struggling homeowners should sell their homes and buy less expensive ones. Twelve percent (12%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on May 24-25, 2013 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Fieldwork for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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