Housing woes spur Bay Area residents to ponder exodus

Housing woes spur Bay Area residents to ponder exodus: poll

The new Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies Poll determined that 65 percent of the Bay Area’s registered voters and 48 percent of voters in California describe the issue of housing affordability as an “extremely serious” problem.

“Housing is a huge problem in the Bay Area — that is 200 percent true,” said Bob Barksdale, a Lafayette resident who owns a home and has to battle constant traffic jams in the East Bay because skyrocketing home prices have forced so many people into lengthy, challenging commutes.

The poll also found that 51 percent of Bay Area residents have considered moving out of the nine-county region, compared with 56 percent statewide who have considered relocating.

“These are very dramatic findings,” said Mark DiCamillo, director of the Berkeley IGS Poll. “In every region of California, the rising cost of housing has crept into the consciousness of voters.”

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