A new survey suggests Americans aren't nearly as concerned with problems in the housing market as they are with other economic issues.

Asked about the top three economic priorities for the next presidential administration, 15% of respondents said those should include efforts to improve mortgage availability and the housing market, according to a study from Absolute Strategy Research.

The London-based research firm included that answer among nine other choices, the most popular of which were to get the economy to grow strongly (65%) and for the wealthy to "pay their fair share of tax" (52%). The housing market ranked above only major infrastructure improvements (11%) and "don't know/none of the above" (9%).

It's a surprising take, the report says, given that 26% of respondents were underwater on their mortgages.

Andrew Scoggin