More than half of California voters consider moving and 74 percent of conservative voters are looking to move

Chuck Devore:
More than half of California voters have thought about moving out of state, according to a new poll from the Institute of Governmental Studies at U.C. Berkeley. A full 74 percent of the state’s very conservative voters say they’re looking into moving, and 84 percent of those cite California’s political culture as their rationale for leaving.

Unsurprisingly, the high cost of housing is mentioned by 71 percent of California voters who have considered moving out-of-state. More than half of voters ages 18 to 39 have thought about moving out of state, with more than 80 percent of that group citing high housing costs as the reason.

So, lots of Californians want to move. Who can blame them?

While wages in the state are generally higher than in the rest of the nation (especially close to the Pacific Coast), so too are housing costs, which more than eat up the higher earnings. For instance, workers moving from the tech industry in the San Francisco Bay Area to Austin, Texas, would, all things being equal, see an immediate 46 percent increase in their standard of living. Rent in San Francisco is about three times higher than in Austin.

While the main focus of the poll was Californians’ frustration with high housing costs—much of which is due to the state’s overbearing regulations—the poll’s other big takeaway was the degree to which California’s increasing ideological dominance by the left is driving conservative dissatisfaction within the state. In this, the poll’s findings are nothing short of astounding—at least for those who haven’t been paying attention.

Of California voters who identify as very conservative, 46 percent have given serious consideration to leaving the state, with another 28 percent giving relocation some consideration. Of California voters who identify as somewhat conservative, 35 percent have given serious consideration to moving, with another 31 percent saying they’ve given it some consideration. By comparison, only 16 percent of very liberal voters and 11 percent of somewhat liberal voters have given serious consideration to moving out-of-state.

When asked why they were considering leaving, 84 percent of very conservative voters cited California’s political culture as the reason, with 76 percent also citing the state’s high taxes and 61 percent mentioning the high cost of housing. Of the state’s somewhat conservative voters, 77 percent mentioned the political culture, 76 percent high taxes, and 66 percent the high cost of housing.
There is more.

It is hard to blame those looking to move.  The liberals in charge of California keep doubling down on policies that drive people away.  The homeless situation which the liberals have not been able to solve is also causing people to want to leave.


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