Gallup: U.S. Wants Government to Help Fix the Housing Market

Even though some in the House chamber winced at the president's mention of a mortgage investigative unit during the State of the Union, a new poll released today shows that Americans actually support the government's role in fixing the housing market.

The Gallup Poll, based on telephone interviews conducted between January 5 and 8 and again on January 14 and 15, indicates that 58 percent “prefer that the government act to prevent foreclosures, whereas 34 percent prefer the housing market resolve its problems on its own.” It will be interesting to see how these numbers change considering the poll was conducted prior to the State of the Union address, which was well-received.

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