Gallup, 2007

This 2007 Gallup poll questions 5,200 American adults on the issue of homelessness. Among the survey’s chief findings, Gallup found that while 58% of Americans believe homelessness has increased over the past 10 years, most Americans rank the issue below the economy and wars abroad as the country’s most pressing problem. Respondents believe the primary cause of homelessness is drug and alcohol abuse (26%) followed by mental illness (21%). A majority of Americans (58%) say the country has done a poor job to curb homelessness.

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