‘Dodging Shoplifters’ in San Francisco

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How do people on the political left explain why they’re fleeing jurisdictions dominated by the political left? These aren’t easy conversations to have with progressive neighbors or progressive media outlets. But a new survey of San Francisco residents may provide part of the answer.

Public opinion polling is not an exact science, if it’s even a science. But pollsters offering at least the possibility of anonymity may have an easier time than reporters getting direct answers.

In April this column noted the odd report in the San Francisco Chronicle of a Bay Area couple who claimed that their departure for Georgia was triggered by Californians deciding against yet another tax increase.

More recently in a New York Times story about actors leaving Hollywood for Texas, nobody tried to argue that California governance costs too little or provides too much education and public safety. But the dramatic tension of the story was maintained with an air of mystery surrounding the reasons for departure.

Mariella Rudi reported for the Times:

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