Abandoning a Home Loan Is Acceptable to 36% of Americans, Pe

Abandoning a Home Loan Is Acceptable to 36% of Americans, Pe

Postby admin » Thu Sep 16, 2010 5:15 am

Abandoning a Home Loan Is Acceptable to 36% of Americans, Pew Survey Finds

More than one-third of Americans say it’s acceptable under some circumstances to stop paying a mortgage and walk away from the home, a survey by the Pew Research Center found.

While 59 percent of those surveyed said it’s “unacceptable” to abandon a home loan, 19 percent said it was “acceptable” and another 17 percent said it depends on the circumstances, an answer that wasn’t on the survey, said Rich Morin, a Pew Research senior editor in Washington. Of the respondents, 63 percent own homes and 31 percent are renters.

“We all know the percentage of people who walked away has been increasing,” Morin said in a telephone interview. “Whether that builds sympathy or resentment, I think, remains to be seen.”

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-09-15/abandoning-mortgage-acceptable-to-36-in-u-s-pew-survey-says.html
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