The results of a recent poll reveal that a significant percentage of residents in the San Francisco Bay Area are not happy with life in the ultra-liberal city. Consequently, many residents desire to leave soon, and 56 percent of poll respondents stated that they plan to leave the area within “the next few years.”
The poll was conducted by SFGate, and more than 1,610 registered voters across five Bay Area counties participated.
The results illustrate how poorly quality of life has declined in the Northern California city, with 71 percent of poll respondents indicating that the quality of life in the San Francisco Bay Area is worse now relative to five years ago. In addition, 56 percent of respondents indicated intentions to move within the next few years, which includes 53 percent of the poll respondents who are employed in the technology sector.
Russell Hancock, who serves as the CEO and President of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, observed that the 53 percent statistic represents the largest percentage of individuals who have indicated a desire to leave the Bay Area, relative to previous polls.
The key forces driving the reduced quality of life include high costs, with 84 percent of respondents indicating high costs of living and 77 percent of respondents indicating high housing costs. In addition, other serious issues, including drought, wildfires, and homelessness, also factor into Bay Area’s residents interest in leaving the area.
Interestingly, two-thirds of respondents indicated feeling a strong connection to the Bay Area, though many desired to leave regardless. However, 52 percent of respondents indicated that the region was not headed in the right direction, versus 48 percent of respondents who indicated that the region is headed in the right direction.
The poll’s margin of error was 2.8 percent.
In the past week, controversial Tesla CEO Elon Musk declared that his company would be leaving Silicon Valley in favor of Texas. Walgreens has also closed another five stores in the area, due to the massive increase in shoplifting that ensued after the passage of Proposition 27, which makes the theft of items worth under $950 a misdemeanor offense.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) also hails from the Bay Area, and she allegedly represents the interests of San Francisco. Despite voter frustration, Pelosi and other far-left ideologues continue to be re-elected.
In the recent gubernatorial recall election, Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA) managed to procure 80 percent of the vote from the Bay Area, the source of his strongest support.