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Politically polarized Americans move to states with similar views on abortion, masked mandates and CRT

Red states get redder and blue bluer: Politically polarized Americans move to states that reflect their own views on abortion, mask mandates and CRT

  • A Redfin poll found that more Americans will vote with their feet by 2022
  • A look at the users in Los Angeles revealed that 25% of those who moved to the blue states stayed, while nearly 10 percent decided to go red
  • Redfin predicts mask and vaccine mandates and critical race theory will lead to greater polarization between states and even local neighborhoods


Americans have begun to consider a state’s political ideology in their decision to relocate as the nation becomes increasingly polarized.

A survey by redfin, a Seattle-based real estate brokerage, predicted that by 2022, more people would vote with their feet and move to states that align with their political views on abortion, civil rights, mask mandates and critical race theory.

“As workers have more control over where they live, more people will seek out areas where there are like-minded people with laws that match their political beliefs,” wrote Daryl Fairweather, Redfin’s chief economist.

“We will also see more blue enclaves growing in red areas and vice versa as parents select school districts that align with their preferences regarding mask mandates, critical race theory and other controversial issues.”

A Redfin survey found that about 25 percent of users in Los Angeles preferred to stay in a blue state, while nearly 10 percent chose to go red in the third quarter of 2021.

More and more people are moving to states with abortion laws that match their political ideology.  Pictured, protests against the six-week abortion ban in Texas, under investigation by the US Supreme Court on Nov. 1.

More and more people are moving to states with abortion laws that match their political ideology. Pictured, protests against the six-week abortion ban in Texas, under investigation by the US Supreme Court on Nov. 1.

Redfin found that of Los Angeles users who moved in the third quarter of 2021, 25.4 percent moved to the blue states, while nearly 10 percent moved to the red states, with many citing issues such as abortion, vote protection laws, and civil rights laws as a of the reasons they chose to move.

An October survey of more than 1,000 Redfin users across the country found that 32 percent of people didn’t want to live in a place where abortion was completely legal, and nearly all rejected the idea.

At the other end of the political spectrum, 40 percent said they would rather live in a state where abortion is completely legal and accessible, and 12 percent said it would be a deal breaker.

The issue came back into the national spotlight after Texas passed the country’s strictest anti-abortion law in September, banning abortion after six weeks. The law sparked hundreds of nationwide protests against the Lone Star state.

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