Americans think Florida is more desirable to live in than blue-chip states like New York or California, according to a Rasmussen Reports survey released Thursday.
The research were found Respondents were relatively split on their preference for an area of residence when choosing between urban (18%), suburban (31%) and rural (22%) areas or a small town (26%).
Most respondents, 57 percent, said they lived in a state other than California, Texas, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania or Illinois.
Respondents were then asked to choose which state they would move to if given the choice. Options included California, Texas, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania and Illinois, as well as “some other state.”
Florida received the highest percentage of all the specific states listed, with 18% saying they would move to the Sunshine State. California followed seven points behind with 11% choosing the Golden State, followed by New York (10%), Texas (9%), Pennsylvania (6%) and Illinois (4%). More than a third, 37 percent, said “some other situation.”
Florida is also the top choice of specific states listed for Republicans (26 percent) and independents (15 percent), and is tied for second choice with Democrats (14 percent):
Given the opportunity to relocate, 31% of Pennsylvanians, 20% of Illinoisans and 16% of New Yorkers would choose Florida. There is very little response from Floridians, just seven (7%) of whom would prefer to live in New York, 4% (4%) of whom would prefer Pennsylvania, and none (0%) of whom would move to Illinois if they were given the chance.
Given the choice to live in any state, 26% of Republicans would choose Florida, as would 14% of Democrats and 15% of those unaffiliated with either major party. Fourteen percent (14%) of Democrats would choose California, but only nine percent (9%) of Republicans and 11% of the unaffiliated share that preference. And while 16% of Democrats say they would prefer to live in New York, only 5% (5%) of Republicans and eight percent (8%) of unaffiliated people would prefer to be a New Yorker if they could live in any state they wanted.
Florida is the preferred state of 24% of blacks, 15% of whites and 21% of other minorities. Given the choice, 10% of whites and blacks and 15% of other minorities will move to California. Only eight percent (8%) of whites, but 13% of blacks and other minorities, would prefer to live in New York.
The investigation follows Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) who has consistently thrust the Sunshine State into the national spotlight for his relentless pursuit of so-called freedom policies — from pushing back against vaccine mandates to curbing the vigilante indoctrination of children in classrooms.
Most recently, DeSantis made waves after being suspended, lashing out at State Attorney Andrew Warren for refusing to enforce the laws.
“It’s not for him to put himself above it [the legislature’s action] and say he’s not going to enforce the laws,” DeSantis said Thursday. “We don’t elect people in one part of the state to have veto power over what the entire state decides on these important issues.”
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