Those two words encapsulate the most important issues for the voting public this year. These topics are on nearly everyone’s mind as they consider who will earn their votes in the 2012 elections season.
According to a December 2011 House Logic poll, 27% percent of those polled said that the housing issues our country are facing will have the biggest impact on how they choose to vote at the polls in November 2012.
As House Logic points out, joblessness makes housing a pretty big issue. Historically, the one payment people do their best to not get behind on is their house payment. However, as families get to the end of unemployment benefits, it gets harder and harder for them to figure out how to make that mortgage payment just one more time.
Buying a house is such a personal decision that takes all of how someone lives life into the process of choosing it. It is deeply personal and when people start to lose their homes, it hurts them. And people get angry. They get depressed. Eventually, they realize that, as individuals, they can not fix the problem, but they can vote for someone who can.
Citizens are recognizing their power to influence government. The Occupy Wall Street movement is a good example of how a group of people. This seemingly disenfranchised group is upset by choices others made before the Occupy Wall Street protestors were even old enough to vote. They are feeling the consequences of poor decision making and have decided to use their voice to affect change.
Don’t think this will have an affect on the 2012 elections? Believe that they will be long forgotten by November? That is highly unlikely as the group works to better organize and target the politicians they believe created this situation.
Anyone who looks at the current housing situation knows it is broken. The American people do not really need polls to show it them. But the power behind this poll is that it can be used to let the candidates know what they should be focusing on.
The 2012 presidential campaign, as well as the various congressional campaigns that are beginning to take shape is going to be strongly formed by the housing crisis. It is going to come up at every town hall meeting, in all of the debates, and the politicians can be sure that voters are going to be sending letters affirming the importance of fixing the housing market. If the politicians are listening and have plausible solutions, then some of those letters might even include checks of support.