New Report Shows Over Half of People Have Considered Leaving California

Are you ready for another story about the great California exodus? Because UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies is bringing it.

In a new poll, the researchers found that 52% of California’s registered voters have considered leaving the state. The reason? You guessed it. High housing costs, high taxation, and also the political environment.

Some things to note:

  • Of those who said they had considered leaving, 24% said they had given it serious thought.
  • Housing was cited as the #1 cause for 71% of respondents. Taxes were cited by 58% and politics were cited by 46%.
  • Republicans and/or conservatives were more likely to have considered leaving, especially for political reasons.
  • Voters in the Central Valley and Southern California (outside L.A. County) were more likely to cite taxes and/or the political climate.

There’s at least one silver lining.

Another question in the poll updated a 50-year time series asking Californians how they would describe the state as a place to live. The results of the latest poll are somewhat more upbeat than recent past measures. Half the of state’s registered voters (50%) now describe California as “one of the best places” to live, up from 43% who felt this way in 2013, the last time this question was posed. However, here too, partisanship and political ideology play a prominent role, with Democrats and liberals nearly three times as likely as Republicans and conservatives to describe California as one of the best places to live.

The Berkeley IGS relied on responses from 4,527 of the state’s registered voters, selected randomly and polled from September 13 - 18.


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