RISMEDIA, February 4, 2010—A national survey recently released by real estate leader Trulia shows that many Americans feel that President Barack Obama has not lived up to the hope he created during his campaign and his first 30 days in office. In Trulia’s latest American Dream survey conducted online on its behalf by Harris Interactive from January 19-21, 2009, President Barack Obama scored considerably lower marks on the topic of restoring the American dream of homeownership compared to a survey conducted February 20-24, 2009 after his first 30 days in office.
The current survey found that 37% of Americans gave President Obama a grade of “D” or “F” on the decisions he’s made towards restoring the American dream of homeownership compared to only 22% in the February 2009 survey.
Additionally, 54% gave him a grade of “A” or “B” in February 2009 compared to only 37% in January 2010. Despite these lower grades, and the troubles that have continued to plague the U.S. housing market, the survey found that the “American Dream” of homeownership continues to be alive and well with more than three out of four Americans considering owning a home as a part of achieving their personal American dream.
“I am thrilled to see that the American dream of homeownership is alive. If the dream had died we would be in a lot of trouble,” said Pete Flint, CEO and co-founder of Trulia. “Everyone realizes there is no easy fix and we have a long road ahead. Until there is a reversal in unemployment and the growing number of home foreclosures, the U.S. real estate market will continue to see significant volatility. I agree with the results of our survey that job creation and job security have to be the President’s top priority.”
President Obama’s Report Card
Democrats currently rate President Obama’s performance higher than Republicans, but both downgraded the President’s performance in the January 2010 survey compared to the survey Trulia conducted in February 2009. The current survey shows that “A” ratings from Democrats decreased by 19 percentage points and a 3 percentage point decrease from Republicans. Additionally, “F” ratings from Democrats increased by 3 percentage points and by 13 percentage points from Republicans.
Priorities Going Forward
Democrats and Republicans agree on the areas President Obama needs to focus on in 2010 to stabilize the U.S. real estate market. Creating jobs and job security continues to be at the top of the list with 62% of adults referencing it as a key priority for the President. With foreclosures reaching record levels in 2009 and expected to grow even more this year, it’s not surprising that 45% of adults included this as an important area of focus. Rounding out the top three priorities for President Obama is bringing/keeping low interest rates at 39%. Only 27% of Americans surveyed believe extending the home buying tax credit through the end of 2010 should be a key initiative to help stabilize the housing market.
This sentiment was also echoed on Trulia Voices Community, with many users feeling that President Obama tried to do too much, and that the key to fixing the economy and housing market will be to focus on creating new jobs and job security.
Positive and Negative Views
The majority of Americans surveyed were unaffected by the events that have transpired during the past year in the housing market, with 60% saying their view toward homeownership is unchanged. Slightly more of those surveyed have a more pessimistic than positive outlook with 21% saying they have at least a somewhat more negative view toward owning a home compared to 20% having at least a somewhat more positive view.
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