As California’s homeless problem spreads throughout the state and worsens, a majority of voters say it has become their number one issue heading into the 2020 presidential primaries in March.
As reported by the Sacramento Bee, a plurality of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents who are most likely to vote in the March 3 primary agree that homelessness has become their most important issue.
They want to see Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers, in which Democrats have a super majority, to work on fixing the problem this year.
Twenty-one percent of Democrats and Independents said it was their primary issue of concern, while 29 percent of Republicans said so.
The next highest priorities for likely Democratic voters are housing affordability and the environment, the paper reported.
Meanwhile, Republicans said they were more concerned about illegal immigration and high taxes.
“Health care has become a lesser focus for Democrats, according to the poll,” the paper reported further.
More than 150,000 California residents are homeless, according to the latest counts.
Priorities for Californians stand in stark contrast to priorities voiced by voters in the rest of the country.
According to a Gallup poll released earlier this week, Democrats nationwide consider health care the most important issue, which is closely followed by gun control and climate change.
Overall, “healthcare, national security, gun policy, education and the economy” were cited as “extremely important” by over 30 percent of adults in the poll.
That said, homelessness is unique to California. As Breitbart News reported last month, the state’s 16.4 percent increase in homelessness is “entirely” responsible for the nation’s overall 2.7 percent increase, according to federal statistics.