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Poll: Half of middle class residents considering leaving Central Coast

Posted at 11:51 PM, Feb 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-04 16:18:27-05

A new poll says that working class people on the Central Coast are struggling.

Commissioned by the Hourglass Project, the poll collected the opinions of 540 registered voters, ages 18 to 54 years old, across San Luis Obispo County and Northern Santa Barbara County.

The questionnaire was designed by Sacramento-based SJR Opinion Research.

Some of the key findings were:

  • One in 529 respondents believes housing is affordable.
  • Half of all middle class residents are considering leaving the region.
  • One in three respondents say they would need to borrow money or run up credit debt to cover a $500 emergency.
  • 86-percent of respondents don't think young people can afford to live and work on the Central Coast.

"The survey results confirm the notion that sparked and drove the work of the Hourglass Project over the last year--that the Central Coast economy is not working as well as we would like for many Central Coast residents," said Ty Safreno, CEO of Trust Automation and Hourglass Board Chair.

The findings are part of a larger survey of residents in San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara County conducted via phone and online.

To view the full study, click here