Real estate has solidified its position atop the list of consumers' choice of best long-term investment. Gallup staffer Jim Norman explains how real estate has continued trending upward during the last five years while gold, the former most-favored investment, has continued its descent.

In that time period, real estate has not been the only asset that has gained favor, with stocks also recovering and growing in popularity. However, Americans are still favoring real estate as the best long-term investment:

The split between the two investment options grew again in the last year as the stock market's volatility increased investors' concerns. With housing prices showing a steadier path upward in recent months, even stock investors are about as likely in the April 2016 poll to choose real estate (37%) as stocks (32%) as the best long-term investment.

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