The Advocate
August 5, 2022

The Results are in….What do North Carolinians think about Housing Affordability & Availability?

NCR recently conducted a poll on statewide issues, which had a strong focus on housing options. The good news is there is an increased awareness across that state that housing affordability and availability is a problem. The challenge is educating the public on how to fix the problem.

In 2021, 52% of poll respondents saw housing affordability as a big problem. That number increased to 65% in 2022. There is also a significant increase in recognizing that housing availability is a big problem. In 2021, 39% of respondents saw this issue as a big problem that number increased to 50% in 2022.

When dissecting housing availability by regions across the state Western NC shows the broadest increase in concern going from 53% in 2021 to 72% in 2022. In Wake County 40% of poll respondents saw housing availability as an issue of concern in 2021 compared to 56% in 2022.

Poll participants were split on whether building additional housing will help decrease the cost of housing, and whether there are too many local rules and regulations. We know that constraints on building are significant barriers to housing supply, which leads to higher prices in the face of the high demand we have in North Carolina. We’ll be working on educating people about that connection in the years ahead. Click here to view survey chart.

In response to building denser developments, most voters are concerned with the strain on traffic (59%) rather than the strain on public services.

The next question speaks to the challenges our industry faces when advocating for solutions to increase affordability and availability. Sixty-one percent of poll respondents preferred to maintain the character and quality of life in their communities to increasing housing options. They favored limiting the construction of new housing and protecting existing neighborhoods.

The survey took a pivot from housing options to address private property rentals. The takeaway from this section is asking the same question in a different way yields a different response.

Fifty-two percent of voters agreed that local governments should be able to set limits or restrictions on private property rentals compared to 46% who disagreed. However, when asked if property owners should be able to rent out their private property without government interference an astounding 77% agreed with only 22% not agreeing. This is a property owners’ rights issue we are confronting in many communities. Click here to view survey chart.

While it’s encouraging that more North Carolinians are recognizing the urgency of our current housing crisis, we all are aware there is no quick or easy fix to address this problem. We also recognize that as an industry we need work together to identify and prioritize solutions since it will take multiple legislative sessions to solve this ever-increasing problem. NCR GADs will be in touch with all AEs later this year to discuss your housing options priorities.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Pam Melton, NC Director of Political & External Communications.


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