A new poll from WPA Intelligence found that American voters prefer Florida over California by a 3 to 2 margin.
According to the poll, when asked where they would prefer to live, 61% of registered voters said they would rather live in Florida and 39% chose California.
Independents and Republicans showed an even stronger preference for Florida, while Democrats preferred California.
The poll showed that among registered Republicans, 83% chose Florida and 17% chose California, while 63% of Independents chose Florida and 37% chose California.
Among Democrats, 61% said they’d rather live in California and 39% chose Florida.
The poll comes after a media feud between the state’s respective governors, both of whom are considered likely 2024 presidential candidates.
Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom said freedom was “under attack” under the leadership of Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in a July ad, highlighting new Florida policies limiting abortions to 15 weeks and restricting classroom instruction on gender identity and sexuality for young children.
“Freedom is under attack in your state,” Newsom said in the ad. “I urge all of you living in Florida to join the fight. Or join us in California, where we still believe in freedom.”
During a press conference on Wednesday, DeSantis touched on several topics, and couldn’t pass up on a shot at his increasingly hostile rival from the opposite coast, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.
During his comments, DeSantis urged the crowd to not take anything for granted on Election Day. He pointed out how close his initial election in 2018 was with Democrat Andrew Gillum. DeSantis won by about 33,000 votes out of 8.2 million cast.
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“Had that election come out differently, this state would be in way, way worse shape. I don’t think anybody would dispute that,” the governor said.
“You would’ve been California, Illinois, and New York, all rolled into one,” which would have produced “generational damage to this state,” he added.
Speaking of the Golden State, DeSantis noted, I hear a lot of people chirping about Florida from like California. They’re so worried about Florida. They can’t even keep the power on in California. I mean, are you kidding me?”
“Once all the people that want to move to Florida move out of there, maybe they’ll have adequate power. It’s just ridiculous.”
On Tuesday, Newsom had taken to Twitter to urge his constituents to conserve energy. This came just days after he told people not to charge their electric cars.
“The risk for outages is real and it’s immediate,” Newsom said. “These triple-digit temperatures throughout much of the state are leading, not surprisingly, to record demand on the energy grid.”
CNBC reported that the state’s main power provider refrained from ordering rolling blackouts on Tuesday because energy demand subsided.
CNBC also noted, “California, which has set a goal to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2045, has shuttered a slew of gas power plants in the past few years, leaving the state increasingly dependent on solar energy.”
Ironically, California’s energy grid is in crisis now, even though the state remains gripped by drought and gets eternal sunshine, because of its war on fossil fuels.