Earlier this summer, the Opportunity Starts at Home multisector affordable homes campaign commissioned a national public opinion poll which revealed that majorities of Republicans and conservative Republicans support emergency rental assistance, homeless assistance, and eviction moratorium during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eighty-seven percent of Republicans and 84% of conservative Republicans favor providing emergency rental assistance for people who are struggling to afford the rent and are at serious risk of eviction as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Eighty percent of Republicans and 77% of conservative Republicans favor expanding funding for homeless assistance programs that minimize the number of people living in large shelters by providing them with alternative individual spaces for isolation and self-quarantine. Eighty-two percent of Republicans and 78% of conservative Republicans favor enacting a uniform, nationwide policy that stops all evictions during the coronavirus outbreak.
These results stand in stark contrast to the ongoing inaction in Congress. The national opinion poll, released in June, assessed the extent to which the public is concerned about housing stability during the COVID-19 outbreak and whether they expect action from elected officials. The full disaggregated results of the poll are available to view on the campaign’s website. To access the full findings, click here.
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