Eighty-five percent of California conservatives recently surveyed said they have considered leaving The Golden State because of its "political culture" — and 77% would quit the state because of its high taxes.
By contrast, only 11% of registered Democrats in the survey by the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California-Berkeley said they would leave because of the political climate, while 77% cited housing costs.
Known as the Berkeley IGS Poll, the results were released last week and tallied responses from 4,527 registered voters collected Sept. 13-8.
California, long a blue state, has 55 votes in the Electoral College — the most of any state in the nation. Those votes went to Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
Here are the Berkeley IGS Poll's results:
Are you considering leaving California?
- Serious consideration: 40%.
- Some consideration: 31%.
- No consideration: 26%.
- Yes, but within California: 3%.
- No consideration: 48%.
- Some consideration: 24%.
- Serious consideration: 14%.
- Yes, but within California: 13%.
If you are considering leaving California, why?
Among Republicans (top four answers):
- Political culture: 85%.
- High taxes: 77%.
- High housing costs: 63%.
- Overcrowding: 45%.
- High housing costs: 77%.
- High taxes: 36%.
- Overcrowding: 33%.
- Political culture: 11%.
The Berkeley IGS poll has a margin of error of 2%.
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