Pelosi represents the San Francisco bay area, and a new survey of residents roughly living in or near her district found that more than half are planning to leave “in the next few years.”
The 2021 Silicon Valley poll results show that 56% are considering leaving, even as Californians around the state flee the high taxes and unfriendly business environment for other more friendly states.
“It’s important to note these feelings go beyond the pandemic itself,” said Russel Hancock, President and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, who is behind the poll. “High percentages of us are concerned about wildfires, drought and political polarization. 71 percent feel that the quality of life in Silicon Valley has grown worse over the past five years. We’re split (48 to 52) on whether the Bay Area is headed in the right direction. On this basis, we probably shouldn’t be surprised that 56 percent of us are mulling plans to leave the region, a higher percentage than any previous polling we’ve seen. Even our tech workforce (53 percent) is wondering if the grass is greener someplace else.”
SF Gate reported the polling, which also found that residents are roughly 50/50 on whether the area is heading in the right direction.
“We’ve long been a high-stress region. Staggering housing prices, rising homelessness, a stark income divide and a host of sustainability challenges have had us on edge for some time,” Hancock said. “But when you toss a highly infectious disease into the mix you get a smothering amount of anxiety: 60 percent of respondents say their lives have become more stressful since the pandemic set in; 52 percent feel more isolated and alone, and 66 percent are genuinely worried about the future.”