The Foundation for Community Association Research has just released an update to its Zogby 2007 telephonic national survey of Americans who live in common-interest communities. The nationally representative surveys are conducted to assess the perceptions of those who living in common-interest communities and to identify recent trends. Zogby conducted telephone interviews with 709 randomly selected adults residing in homeowners associations, condominiums, cooperatives and other planned communities—collectively called “community associations” in this summary. The margin of error is +/- 3.8 percentage points.
There are too many issues to be easily summarized here; the survey reaffirmed that a majority of those who live in community associations approve of their governance; according to the survey, “residents seem willing to trust the judgment of community association management to make decisions on their behalf, as three quarters are against the government forcing associations to allow clothes lines, six in ten think associations have the right to control the scope and placement of solar panels on individual homes to maintain architectural standards, and two thirds say that the elected board should determine how community associations prioritize and address environmental issues.”
A pdf copy of the survey is available here.