A new survey published Friday — conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of real estate Web site Zillow.com — found that between the two major presidential candidates, 58 percent of Americans think Sen. Barack Obama will better address the current state of the housing market than Sen. John McCain (42 percent).

According to the survey of 2,016 U.S. adults, the perception of who is better to address the housing market is heavily influenced by whether respondents own a home, which represents approximately two-thirds (64 percent) of U.S. adults. Among non-homeowners, some 67 percent think Obama will better address the housing market than McCain (33 percent). Among current homeowners, 52 percent of homeowners think Obama will better address the market versus the 48 percent who think McCain will.

The survey also showed housing market issues are among the top three most important issues affecting the United States that the new president should be prepared to address after taking office. The most import issues are energy/gas prices (82 percent), U.S. debt (70 percent) and housing/mortgage/foreclosure (63 percent), although this varies based on which candidate respondents plan to vote for. For example, of the 41 percent who said they plan to vote for Obama in November, 71 percent think housing/mortgage/foreclosure issues are among the most important compared with 52 percent of those who plan to vote for McCain.

According to the Zillow survey, 14 percent of adults say they don’t know who they plan to vote for; 6 percent declined to answer; and 7 percent say they do not plan to vote in the upcoming presidential election.


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