The study, which was conducted by MORI on CABE's behalf, reveals that over half the population want to live in detached houses, compared with 22 per cent who prefer a bungalow, 14 per cent a semi-detached house and 7 per cent a terraced house.
The detached house was the most popular choice for the public, regardless of social status or ethnicity.
Commenting on the findings, CABE chief executive Richard Simmons, said: 'We have a long history of suburban living in England. It's been a common aspiration for several generations.
'CABE's latest report shows that most people still want to live in detached homes outside our cities and towns, which they perceive to be safer.
'The challenge for us is how we reconcile this consumer preference with the need to build more homes and not devour the green belt,' he added.
The study follows a similar poll conducted by CABE in 2002, which found that the bungalow was the public's favoured house type, followed by the village house.