Homeownership and the American Dream
AEI Political Report, May 2013

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The latest edition of AEI’s Political Report explores the relationship between homeownership and the American Dream. The two may not be as intertwined as they once were, but many still aspire to own their own homes. This issue also examines the new culture wars, pressures facing families, personal economic outlooks, and more!

* Seventy-two percent of nonhomeowners aspire to homeownership. Forty-five percent of renters say they rent because they can’t afford to buy. 

* Fifty-five percent of Americans believe owning a home is a very important part of the American Dream. But 61 percent say renters can be just as successful as homeowners in achieving the American Dream. 

* Forty-four percent think the government should promote traditional values in our society. Fifty-two percent think government should not favor any particular set of values. In the past, a majority favored promoting traditional values. 

* Sixty-eight percent of Americans say economic pressures to make ends meet is a very serious problem facing families today. The problem ranked highest among 16 possible problems facing families. 

* Immigration and gun control rank low on a list of issues for the president and Congress “to work on right now.” Forty-two percent chose the economy and jobs, 4 percent choose immigration, and 5 percent guns. 

* In a recent Pew science knowledge quiz, only 20 percent of Americans correctly identified the most common gas in Earth’s atmosphere. We’ve reproduced the quiz in this issue so you can test your own knowledge

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Karlyn
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  • Karlyn Bowman compiles and analyzes American public opinion using available polling data on a variety of subjects, including the economy, taxes, the state of workers in America, environment and global warming, attitudes about homosexuality and gay marriage, NAFTA and free trade, the war in Iraq, and women's attitudes. In addition, Ms. Bowman has studied and spoken about the evolution of American politics because of key demographic and geographic changes. She has often lectured on the role of think tanks in the United States and writes a weekly column for Forbes.com.
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  • Jennifer K. Marsico is a senior research associate at AEI, working in the Political Corner. Her research focuses on elections and election reform, as well as government continuity issues. She is a visiting fellow at the Independent Women's Forum. She is also a contributor to the AEIdeas blog, and has also written for many outside print and online publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and Roll Call. Ms. Marsico serves as assistant director of the AEI-Brookings Continuity of Government Commission, and has contributed to recent studies on Supreme Court continuity, voter registration modernization, and civic participation in the digital age.

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