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How Political Affiliation Impacts Housing Policy Outlook

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residential segregation in housingAmericans responded questions related to housing policy in an early October Redfin survey of over 3,000 U.S. adults. Researchers asked about respondents' views on down payment assistance, government incentives to create low-income housing, view on government incentives for builders to create more housing (of any type), and opinion of policies that either reduce or enhance zoning restrictions on the density of housing that can be built near where they live.

The researchers also asked respondents who they are voting for, in order to compare the opinions of Biden voters with those of Trump voters.

“Housing is one of the few types of policies that does not fall neatly into liberal or conservative camps,” said Redfin Chief Economist Daryl Fairweather. “While many Americans across both major parties can agree that there’s a need for more housing—particularly affordable housing—both Democrats and Republicans are reluctant to see their own neighborhoods become more dense. This will be a challenge for those elected into local, state and federal offices next week, but hopefully politicians will work together to create bipartisan housing reforms like down payment assistance or incentives to build more affordable homes.”

According to the report, summarized by analyst Tim Ellis at Redfin, 61% of Biden voters think the government should provide down-payment assistance to working-class families buying their first home, compared with 43% of Trump voters. Over half of U.S. residents (56%) think the government should provide incentives for builders to build more housing, but less than half as many (27%) support zoning policies that would allow more dense housing in their own neighborhood.

A few more highlights from the survey:

The entire survey, complete with graphics and methodology, can be viewed here [1].