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The 2009 UMass Donahue Institute/CHAPA Housing Poll
The UMass Donahue Institute and Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA)

(April 2009)

This report summarizes the results of 2009 University of Massachusetts/Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) housing poll conducted by the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute. This is the fourth such poll conducted in recent years. This poll documents the opinions of Massachusetts residents on a variety of issues including;

  • The degree of public concern about affordable housing and related issues.
  • Their experience of the impact of foreclosures and opinions on proposed policies to address these impacts.
  • Openness to development of affordable housing and their perspective on its community impacts.

This poll surveyed 515 residents statewide and was conducted during the last two weeks of March, 2009. Respondents were interviewed by telephone through a standard process of random-digit dialing. A full explanation of the poll methodology can be found later in this report.

The following pages summarize the 2009 poll’s major findings, describe the poll’s methodology and conclude with a presentation of the complete set of poll results accompanied by comparisons to previous poll results where applicable.

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