Poll Finds More Than Half of California Voters Have Considered Leaving the State

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A man stands in front of a homeless encampment in Los Angeles, with the Hollywood sign in the background on Sept. 23, 2019. (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

A man stands in front of a homeless encampment in Los Angeles, with the Hollywood sign in the background on Sept. 23, 2019. (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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Just over half of California’s registered voters have considered leaving the state, with soaring housing costs cited as the most common reason for wanting to move, according to a new poll.

Young voters were especially likely to cite unaffordable housing as a reason for leaving, according to the latest latest UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll conducted for the Los Angeles Times. But a different group, conservatives, also frequently suggested they wanted to leave — and for a very different reason: They feel alienated from the state’s political culture.

Republicans and conservative voters were nearly three times as likely to have seriously considered moving as their Democratic or liberal counterparts — 40% compared with 14%, the poll found. The conservative voters mentioned taxes and California’s political climate as a reason for leaving more frequently than they cited housing.

“If the people who are giving serious consideration for leaving are indeed going to follow through, the state will continue to get bluer and bluer,” said Mark DiCamillo, the director of the Berkeley IGS poll. “That has huge political implications.”

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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