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UC Berkeley Poll: 52% of California Voters Have Thought About Leaving the State

Gabriella Hoffman
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A new UC Berkeley Institute of Government Studies (IGS) poll released on September 27th, 2019, revealed half of California’s registered voters have thought about leaving the Golden State. They polled 4,327 registered voters from September 13-18, 2019.

For example, their findings found that respondents “admit to having given serious (24%) or some (28%) consideration recently to leaving California.” That’s 52% of registered voters.

What accounts for these attitudes? High cost of housing is the top issue compelling voters to leave California (71%). 58% said high taxes and 46% said the state’s leftist political culture are also factors—particularly among those who identify as Republican and conservative.

“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.”

When polled on whether California is the best place to live, 50% of respondents described it is “one of the best places” to live while 25% of respondents said it was ” nice, but not outstanding,” 11% of respondents said it is “about average,” and 14% of respondents said it was a “rather poor place” to live.


These findings interestingly coincide with one of the slowest growth periods recorded in the state’s history. What factors have contributed to this? Shifting immigration patterns, declining birthrates, and economic strains appear to be responsible factors.

When I was involved in local politics, I noticed California Republicans failed to put up a fight and combat the 2-to-1 Democrat voting advantage. Heck, they surrendered San Diego and most recently, my hometown area of Orange County—two counties that were reliably red for decades.

I left the Golden State seven years ago recognizing the exorbitant cost of living, high taxes, and unsustainable far-left political climate. My family soon followed me to the Mid-Atlantic—especially after the 2008 market crash’s lasting effects nearly destroyed my dad’s construction business.

It was bittersweet to leave the place I was born in and called home for 21 years, but it was time to escape the Orange Curtain and head East. If you haven’t planned your CalExit strategy yet, I suggest you get on it.

Gone are the days of the Bear Republic’s Golden Age. Take refuge in Virginia, Texas, Mountain West, Rust Belt, or the Deep South—just don’t bring the state’s politics with you, please.


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