A survey carried out by You Gov for Shelter Scotland found that 66 per cent - equivalent to 2,806,852 adults in Scotland – want house prices to remain the same or go down in value. Meanwhile 64 per cent – equivalent to 2,721,796 adults in Scotland – think house prices in Britain are too high.
Seventy-seven per cent – equivalent to 3,274,661 adults in Scotland - think that there is an urgent need for government to make housing more affordable for young couples and families.
The findings come on the back of figures released last week by the Office for National Statistics which show that in the 12 months to August 2013, UK house prices increased by 3.8 per cent, up from a 3.3 per cent increase in the 12 months to July 2013.
In Scotland there was little change in house prices, with a fall of 0.7 per cent and the average mix-adjusted house prices in August 2013 stood at £185,000.
Governments in both Holyrood and Westminster need to do more to help stabilise house prices and make them more affordable for ordinary families and individuals, says Shelter Scotland.
This comes amid fears that Westminster’s mortgage guarantee scheme, Help to Buy, will push prices even further out of reach of first time buyers by increasing demand at a time of a chronic housing shortage.
Graeme Brown, Director of Shelter Scotland, said: "These days high house prices don’t have the feel-good factor they once did, and for good reason. With an entire generation frozen out of home-ownership and being squeezed by high rents, there are lessons to be learned from the boom era - and the majority of people in Scotland agree.
"It's hard to understand then why Westminster is rushing out the Help to Buy scheme when all the evidence shows that it won't actually help the families who need it most.
"In fact, Help to Buy risks making the problem far worse by going back to the bad old days of big mortgages and easy lending. There is a real danger it will push up house prices, making it even harder for people to find a home they can afford.”
Many of Scotland’s low to middle income families – on wages of between £20,000 and £40,000 - could not afford a family home with a 95 per cent Help to Buy mortgage.
Graeme Brown added: “Rather than risk destabilising the housing market with taxpayers' money - politicians on all sides should commit to a national programme of affordable and socially-rented house-building to help end Scotland’s housing crisis for good."
Shelter Scotlans is calling for the Scottish government to commit to building at least 10,000 affordable homes each year to meet demand.
Recently the IMF, the Institute of Directors and the Office of Budget Responsibility all warned that the Westminster scheme to get more people on the property ladder could push prices even higher and risk making the problem far worse.