Two in three Americans say they can pay their rent or mortgage in July

Hoang NguyenData Journalist
June 30, 2020, 5:30 PM UTC

A majority of Americans say they’re able to make their housing payment this month, according to a YouGov poll.

The news that most are able to make their rent or mortgage payment comes amid tumultuous times. The US Department of Labor reports that 1.48 million Americans submitted unemployment claims in the week ending June 20. For states such as Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Arizona, July marks the expiring of each state’s respective eviction moratorium meaning rent and payments on mortgages will be due. 
 
The YouGov survey, conducted June 29-30, 2020 among 5,813 Americans, shows that roughly two-thirds (67%) say they can pay their rent or mortgage for July. One in 14 Americans (7%), however, say they cannot and 18- to 24-year-olds (17%) are especially likely to say they are unable to pay their rent or mortgage in July.

We posed the same question for the past three months at the end of each month and there has been a 4-point increase in the share who are able to make their housing payments since April. Last month, a quarter of Americans aged 18- to 24-years-old (25%) said they were unable to pay their rent or mortgage in June. Regarding July’s housing payments, the share who say they cannot pay dropped to 17 percent among the same age group and 36 percent say are able to pay.

See results for this question regarding AprilMayJune, and July housing payments here 

MethodologyThe surveys were fielded online among US adults aged 18 and over at the end of each month. Results have been weighted to be nationally representative. 
 
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