California Voters Agree State is Expensive and Lacks Jobs

The Field Poll on December 12th reported the number of Californian voters who believe the state is "one of the best places to live" has been cut in half since 1985, dropping from almost 80% to just over 40% today. According to the poll: "Despite this general dissatisfaction a majority of liberals, registered Democrats, and voters living in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area rate the state as one of the best places to live." Not surprisingly, less than a third of Republicans, conservatives, and voters living in state's rural Central Valley describe the state in positive terms. But the polling does confirm that over 90% of Californians are in agreement on two important issues, the state's cost of living is outrageous and job prospects are lousy. Over the last two decades, the state of California has careened through a series of economic downturns and fiscal crises. It should not be surprising that Field found only a third of voters age 40-64, the prime years for wealth accumulation,...(Read Full Article)