December 10, 2023

By Laura Curtis | Bloomberg

Seven out of 10 Californians assume youngsters rising up within the Golden State can be financially worse off than their dad and mom, based on a statewide survey by the Public Coverage Institute of California.

The 71% of adults who share the grim outlook is a file excessive for the survey, which is in its twenty fifth yr. Simply 50% of Californians held the identical view 5 years in the past.

On the identical time, 72% of Californians stated they’re glad with their family’s monetary standing and 54% of probably voters stated they authorised of Governor Gavin Newsom’s dealing with of jobs and the financial system.

Greater than half of adults surveyed assume issues are usually going within the incorrect route in California, and 6 in 10 probably voters predict unhealthy financial occasions within the subsequent 12 months.

The sentiment in California mirrors the remainder of the nation. Regardless of robust financial development and a resilient job market, extra middle-class Individuals are nervous in regards to the state of the financial system than a yr in the past, based on a latest Harris Ballot for Bloomberg Information. Greater costs for meals, fuel and hire proceed to stretch budgets — the everyday American family spends about $730 a month greater than final yr, based on Moody’s Analytics.

The pessimism comes alongside a worsening housing affordability disaster within the Golden State, already among the many nation’s costliest housing markets. The Federal Reserve has raised its key charge to battle inflation, making borrowing extra pricey for residence consumers. On the identical time a listing scarcity has propped up costs.

When requested who they’d vote for if the US Senate major have been held right this moment, probably voters backed the Democratic representatives within the race, with 21% going to Adam Schiff, 18% to Katie Porter and 9% going to Barbara Lee.