A recent poll conducted by the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California Berkeley shows that at least half of California’s registered voters and 74% of conservatives have considered leaving the state.
The study found that 84% of those polled considered leaving because of the political culture, 76% said might move because of high taxes and 71% would ditch the state due to the high cost of housing. The poll also found that three times more Republicans and Conservatives “strongly thought” about leaving than Democrats and Liberals.
Former California State Assemblyman Chuck Devore moved to Texas and is now head of the Texas Policy Foundation. He said in Texas, the state is not passing laws which regulate speech, property and faith as they are doing in California. Devore is particularly unhappy that, in a targeted effort to keep President Donald J. Trump off the ballot in 2020, California passed a law requiring Presidential candidates to submit their tax returns for governmental review. The move, which fooled no one, would have disenfranchised the state’s 4.5 million Republican voters. Last week a federal judge blocked the law from going into effect.
Based on his work at the Policy Foundation, Devore believes we may see a shift in voters moving from deep blue states to “battleground” states which could help President Trump in the 2020 election.