D2D California Dreaming Series

Not So Dreamy

A heads-up to people thinking of moving to the Golden State: don't pack your bags yet. This just in from The Field Poll:


According to the poll, 63% of Californians say they're financially worse off this year than last. That percentage is higher for low income (73%) and middle class (66%) Californians. The poll surveyed 422 registered California voters in both English and Spanish between July 8th and 14th of this year.

Here's the central question from the survey:

Would you say that you and your family are financially better off or worse off today than you were a year ago?

Daydreaming reader, WHEREVER YOU LIVE, how would YOU answer that question? Please submit those answers in the comment selection below and don't forget to tell us where you're writing in from. Your stories may be featured in our California Dreaming radio series



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My favorite California song is "It never rains in Southern California" by Tony!Toni!Tone'!

Sent by Carol Hampton | 6:58 PM | 7-26-2008

Barely keeping up with last year. But if the question were expanded to include a 10 year timeframe, which is much more meaningful, I would say, without any reservations, I am worse off.

Sent by Eric Mu??iz | 9:24 AM | 7-27-2008

I'm in Orange County. Gas is up, rent is up and income is totally static. Definitely worse off. And I'm a fourth-generation Californian. My grandparents have already left, my mother is planning on leaving soon. I still (mostly) love it here, but I might have to move soon. I'm sick of paying half my income just to live in a crappy apartment in a bad neighborhood.

Sent by Arasaig | 6:54 PM | 7-29-2008

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