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White middle-class Californians flee to conservative Red States

White Californians are leaving the state in large numbers, describing it as their "disenchantment with deep-blue California's liberal political culture".

Published: November 7, 2019, 8:37 am

    According to the Los Angeles Times, “high taxes, lukewarm support for local law enforcement, and policies they believe have thrown open the doors to illegal immigration,” are not popular with middle-class white Americans.

    According to new Census Bureau migration data for 2018, some 691 145 Californians left for other states last year, according to the San Jose Mercury News. In fact, California had the most exits among all the states and it has increased by 4 percent in a year.

    Just over half of California’s registered voters have considered leaving the state, according to a UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll conducted for the LA Times. White voters were almost three times as likely as Democrats to have considered moving — 40 percent compared with 14 percent.

    California’s political culture is also mentioned as a reason for leaving more frequently than the state’s soaring housing costs.

    The preferred destination for Californians is Texas, where 86 164 Californians moved to in 2018. Next came Arizona, Washington, Nevada, and Oregon.

    A California native told the LA Times that the state’s politics have “really gotten out of hand”. She said she was also against the state’s restrictive gun laws, as well as the controversial sex education framework California has approved despite protests earlier this year.

    The state is not only known for Hollywood, but also the ruling Democrats, earthquakes, seasonal fires, high taxes, excrement-covered streets, the worst homeless crisis in the US, and transgender summer camps for children as young as four.

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