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Perilous to Tinker with Home Ownership Programs, Voter Survey Finds.
A survey uncovers the one thing we can all agree on no matter our political persuasion — home ownership.
Washington may be having trouble finding bipartisan consensus, but a National Association of Home Builders survey has pinpointed one area where likely voters — Democrats, Republicans, Tea Partiers, Occupiers — agree: home ownership and many of the programs that support it are important enough to affect elections.
No matter how you slice the political pie, about 70% of voters say a Congressional candidate who wanted to eliminate the home mortgage interest deduction likely wouldn’t get their vote.
NAHB earlier this month asked 1,500 people whether they’d be more likely — or less likely — to vote for a candidate who opposed the mortgage interest deduction:
67% of Tea Party supporters said they’d be less likely to vote for that candidate.70% of Tea Party opponents would be less likely to vote for that candidate.69% of independents, 68% of Democrats, and 68% of Republicans would be less likely to vote for that candidate.The poll uncovered other surprising nuggets:
Even people whose homes have lost value think home ownership is worthwhile. An incredible 84% of those who owe more on their mortgage than their home is worth say they’re happy with their decision to own ... more

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