A Pew Research Center survey found that 59% of Americans said it is "unacceptable" to walk away from a mortgage, while 19% said doing so is "acceptable" and an additional 17% said it could be acceptable under certain circumstances. Rich Morin, a senior editor at Pew Research, said that the last answer was not on the survey. "We all know the percentage of people who walked away has been increasing," Morin said. "Whether that builds sympathy or resentment, I think, remains to be seen."

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