More than half of California voters have considered leaving the state, according to a poll from the Institute of Governmental Studies at U.C. Berkeley.
Nearly 24% of voters in the state have given serious thought to the idea, while 28% have given some consideration, the Sept. 27 poll notes. They cite several reasons why bailing is appropriate, some of which are common complaints among conservatives.
More than 70% of voters surveyed cited “high cost of housing,” while 58% said “high taxes” were reason enough to leave. The sate’s political culture (46%) was also cited, especially among Republican voters, who are becoming a rarity in the Golden State.
The poll notes that “there are significant partisan and ideological differences when examining the opinions of voters giving serious consideration to moving out of state,” adding that Republicans and conservatives make up the bulk of those looking to ditch.
The poll was conducted online in English and Spanish among a sample of 4,527 of registered voters on Sept. 13 -18.
One conservative activist says the poll’s results do not surprise him.
“People can’t stomach living in California anymore. There’s filth on the streets, and schools are failing. It’s unbearable. Conservatives are giving up the fight and leaving,” Carl DeMaio, chairman of Reform California, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
DeMaio, a Republican who campaigned in 2018 against an unpopular gas tax passed in 2017, is running for office against fellow Republican, Rep. Duncan Hunter, in 2020.
The poll highlights a troubling trend. California’s high housing prices and rising gas prices are driving away what remains of the state’s low income citizens, CNBC noted in a 2018 report. Those migrating from the coastal state are making way for places like Las Vegas and Arizona, where housing prices are cheaper compared to California.
California saw a loss of more than 138,000 people between 2016 to 2017, according to the data, while Texas experienced an uptick of more than 79,000 people. Arizona and Nevada, meanwhile, gained more than 63,000 and 38,000 residents, respectively.
California’s extraordinarily high gas taxes are another reason for the mass exodus, CNBC’s report noted at the time.
Median monthly rent for a Los Angeles one-bedroom apartment is $2,300, while it’s more than $3,400 in San Francisco, according to industry tracker Zumper. The median rent for a Las Vegas one-bedroom unit is $925 and $945 in Phoenix.
Some of the most popular areas for Californians from 2015 to 2017 were Texas, Arizona, Oregon, Washington and Colorado, United Van Lines data shows.
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