American homeownership down over time, Gallup poll shows

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     Waterloo Street in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia (Emma Lee/WHYY)

    Waterloo Street in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia (Emma Lee/WHYY)

    NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller sits down for his weekly conversation with Gallup’s Frank Newport to talk about trends in U.S. opinion.

    Gallup data show that homeownership is actually down in the U.S. over time. This is particularly true among those under age 65; seniors continue to own at about the same rate. Regardless, fewer young people now than in the past own a home, although other Gallup data suggest that young people would still like to own a home if they could.

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    And this update on Americans’ habits: 17 percent smoke according to Gallup data. And there’s been no change in feelings about banning smoking over time — learning from the lessons of prohibition, a majority of Americans do not support making smoking totally illegal.

    Listen to the conversation above.

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