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Just 22% Support Government-Assisted Mortgage Payments

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Most Americans still don’t believe the government should help those who can’t afford to make their mortgage payments.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 65% of American Adults think if someone can’t afford to make increased mortgage payments, they should sell their home and find a less expensive one. Twenty-two percent (22%) feel the government should assist them in making their payments, while another 13% are not sure.  (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

These findings have changed little in surveys for several years.

The percentage of U.S. homeowners whose home is worth less than what they still owe on their mortgage has hit the highest level in nearly three years.

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on September 15-16, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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