Just over half of Californians (52%) would have considered leaving the state recently due to high housing prices, high taxes, and political polarization, according to a recent survey by the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California at Berkeley.
The survey found that 24 percent of California residents surveyed admitted to having “seriously” thought about moving, while 28 percent said they had thought about it at some point.
The main reason they studied such a possibility points to the rising cost of housing, a problem reported by 71% of respondents.
Fifty-eight percent of those asked indicated that high taxes is another important factor that led them to consider such a measure.
Also, a large number of voters led by Republicans and conservatives, 46%, said that the main reason that drives them to want to leave California is their rejection of the “state political culture” with a Democratic hallmark.
The poll noted that Republicans and conservatives are three times more likely than Democrats and liberals to “seriously” consider moving state.
Meanwhile, 82% of 18-29-year-olds responded that they were considering the option because of rising housing costs.
The price of housing “is an extremely serious problem,” survey director Mark DiCamillo told the Sacramento Bee. “People are forced to consider moving because of the rising cost of housing, which is quite common throughout the state,” he said.
About 48 percent of respondents agreed that the housing problem is “extremely serious,” while 65 percent mentioned the problem of the growing crisis of homeless people living on the streets of Los Angeles and other cities.
The root of the crisis
In late September, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson issued a statement on President Trump’s behalf urging California state authorities to work together to change their policies because they are responsible for so many people living on city streets.
“About half of the homeless and homeless in the United States are in California, a level nearly four times higher” than the rest of the country, Carson said, specifying that “leaving the homeless without shelter, without sanitation, and without safety is an unacceptable human tragedy.”
Carson responded to a request from California’s Democratic leaders by pointing out that they wanted more “federal dollars” for California from the “hardworking” American taxpayer but “fail to admit that their state and local policies have played a major role in creating the current crisis,” he said.
He explained that California has to do something to get out of this problem and not just use more federal funds. “To reduce this crisis, California must reduce its regulatory burdens on housing” to make them affordable to the citizen, he said, citing the report of the Council of Economic Advisers.
Carson also detailed several issues such as the lack of assistance to the mentally ill, weak law enforcement, border security and drug trafficking, urging Democrats to turn their policies around and work with the current administration.