"The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of homeowners shows 53% report the value of their homes are worth more than the amount they still owe on their mortgages. But 35% report the opposite and say they owe more on their mortgage than their home is worth. . . . The number who say their homes are worth more than their mortgage debt is down slightly from the past several surveys but is consistent with findings for more than a year. In December 2008, 61% of homeowners said the value of their home was higher than what they owed on their mortgage".