A VAST MAJORITY of Americans (86 percent) say that having a decent affordable place to live is either No. 1 or high on their list of individual/family priorities, according to a recent Zogby International poll.

Nearly 25 percent cite having a decent affordable home as their top priority.

For one in eight respondents (13 percent), it is a low priority or not on their list.

The survey finds that two-thirds (67 percent) think the nation is on the wrong track when it comes to providing a decent home for every American family. Sixteen percent think the nation is on the right path, and 17 percent aren't sure.

However, affordable housing is not an overriding concern when deciding on a candidate to support, according to Zogby.

On the question of whether the issue was important when choosing a candidate to vote for during the recent election cycle, about half (49 percent) of the respondents reported it is important, and half (48 percent) said it is unimportant.

But a plurality (40 percent) say they would be more likely to vote for a House or Senate candidate who articulated his or her detailed plan for providing affordable housing.

The poll was commissioned by the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials and Housing America Campaign, a coalition that aims to raise awareness about the importance of housing and community development programs.