It’s no secret that California is primarily a liberal state and has been for some time. Leading Democrats such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, presidential candidate and Senator Kamala Harris, and Senior Senator Dianne Feinstein are from the golden state.
Democrats hold the majority in both the California State Assembly with 61 out of 80 seats and the California State Senate with 29 out of 40 seats. Its governor Gavin Newsom is Democrat, as are 46 of the 53 representatives from the state.
However, according to a recent study done by the Institute of Governmental Studies at U.C. Berkeley, the extreme liberal ideology that prevails there is causing many residents to consider calling another state home shortly.
The study results show that a full 74 percent of Californian conservatives say they are interested in moving out of state. And of those 84 percent admit that the political culture found there is the reason why.
As the state seemingly goes farther and farther to the left of the ideology spectrum, conservatives find they are increasingly unsatisfied with their government, leaving many to believe moving away would be the best thing for them.
Within the golden state, 46 percent of those who consider themselves to be very conservative have seriously considered leaving the state.
Another 28 percent say they have given the idea some thought. For those who are somewhat conservative, 35 percent have seriously wanted to move, and another 31 percent say they have lightly considered it.
In contrast, liberals and progressive-minded Democrats want to stay in the state for the most part, with only 16 percent of very liberal voters and 11 percent of somewhat liberal voters saying they have seriously considered it.
As the Los Angeles Times concluded from this report, “Republicans and conservative voters were nearly three times as likely to have seriously considered moving as their Democratic or liberal counterparts.”
And who could blame them?
The political ideology of the golden state readily takes part in the cancel culture that so heavily prevails in this day and age. Just look at the cases of Google’s James Damore, or Hollywood’s Friends of Abe’s Jeremy Boreing.
Both were employed by companies or industries in which the conservative mindset is heavily oppressed. After a while, anyone with similar thought patterns would find it hard to be happy in such an environment and seek a change elsewhere.
The L.A. Times article ended with comments by veteran demographer William Frey who said he was surprised that people would move out of state just because of politics. However, he said that if that is the case, “It could be that people moving to California also have political reasons for it. Maybe they move to California rather than a state that isn’t as progressive or doesn’t have as big of a social net.”
And he also warned that if enough conservatives leave the golden state, California will lose much of its tax base. This means they also risk losing much of their electoral college votes as residents move to states that are considered less progressive.
Studies show that most of those leaving the state are moving to states such as Arizona, Florida, Nevada, and Texas, which are known for their lower taxes and conservative-minded people. In addition, these states have also had the highest employment growth in recent years.
Politics are not the only reason for wanting to leave the state, however. Seventy-one percent of voters say that housing within the state is too costly, even with higher wages. Additionally, more than half of those between the ages of 18 and 39 have considered moving due to high housing costs.
As we eluded to before, the wages in the state are generally higher as well, at least in comparison to neighboring states. However, with such high housing costs, residents are finding that they just don’t make enough.
The study noted that those who move from California’s San Francisco Bay Area to Austin, Texas, which has similarly high wages, automatically see a 46 percent standard of living increase. And this is all due to housing costs. The average rent found in Austin is three times lower than homes in San Francisco.
At this rate, the country will be completely polarized, with liberal states losing both their tax and electoral credits to states who care less about ideology and more about people, talent, and hard work.