Are Californians leaving for good? It’s complicated

Is California losing its luster? UC San Diego survey says no.

Deborah Sullivan Brennan at the San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego — The exodus of Californians forecast in recent news headlines isn’t likely to happen soon, UC San Diego researchers reported in a survey released Wednesday.

The UC San Diego survey queried more than 3,000 Californians, including 295 who completed the questions in Spanish. It found that nearly two-thirds of residents still believe in the “California Dream” of opportunity and prosperity.

While the California mass exodus is a myth, an awful lot of people are thinking of leaving, according to a University of California San Diego study. The rich and poor are optimistic about California — “The real pessimism about California comes from people in the middle-income groups.”