Atlantic Media poll reveals most Americans still want to buy rather than rent

Poll shows Americans unsatisfied with their current living situation say building more rental apartments isn’t the solution.

September 5, 2014

A poll conducted by Atlantic Media/Siemens State of the City of 1,656 Americans this summer showed that a little more than half of Americans of nearly every category – race, class, gender, age, region, education, and location – reported that it was hard to “find rental housing where you live that is affordable and of good quality.” The Atlantic’s CityLab posed the question: Would building more apartments alleviate the current rental stress? But the polls revealed that most respondents didn’t think that more rental units would solve their woes; instead, they said, an increase of single-family, detached, and affordable housing stock would be the solution.

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