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Tue Oct 1, 2019, 04:28 PM

Leaving California: Half of State's Voters Have Been Considering This

Half of the state’s registered voters admit to having given serious (24%) or some (28%) consideration recently to leaving California.

Only modest differences are seen across most major regional or demographic subgroups of the state. However, there are significant partisan and ideological differences when examining the opinions of voters giving serious consideration to moving out of state, as three times as Republicans and conservatives as Democrats and liberals report this.

The high cost of housing (71%) is the most common reason given by voters for wanting to leave California. However, high taxes (58%) and the state’s political culture (46%) are also prominently mentioned, particularly by Republicans and conservatives.

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.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Tue Oct 1, 2019, 05:04 PM

1. I left California in 1995 after going bankrupt.

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Tue Oct 1, 2019, 05:58 PM

2. I've been reading this story for at least the last 10 years.

Usually on conservative websites. Yet the population continues to climb.

The fact is, having lived here when the population was half what it is now, I can tell you I would like nothing better than half the people leaving. Won't happen, though.

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Tue Oct 1, 2019, 10:32 PM

3. I have always felt California was a great place to live, even when Reagan was governor . . .

There are certainly many other places I'd enjoy living in as well, but this is where my family is, where my friends live, and despite its myriad faults and innumerable problems, its beauty and its advantages remain an irresistible attraction.

As someone mentioned elsewhere in this thread, I've heard this refrain from disgruntled people my entire life. My reply remains the same: "Let me help you pack."

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