Migration from blue states has weakened conservatism in red states, causing traditionally deep red states like Texas to go purple. Abortion and other laws that put the culture war into legislation might end the phenomenon.
At least half of young Americans say abortion laws will at least “somewhat” influence their decision-making regarding moving. According to the new Generation Lab/Axios Poll, that’s 58% of young men and women, and for Democrat respondents, that number is 67% compared to Republicans at 36%.
This could slow the trend of liberals moving into red states and bringing their politics. Since 2019, migration from California to Texas started to accelerate, and it grew even more during the pandemic when Florida became the hottest destination for New Yorkers and Californians. Many conservatives within those states worry about liberal incomers that bring their old voting habits with them.
Why are liberals leaving blue states? Decades of progressive governing have made it hard to live there. For example, due to government policies, California is plagued by high taxes, crime, cost of living, and homelessness. Progressive politicians worsened the situation during the pandemic by prolonging lockdowns and violating civil liberties.
Big picture: The culture war—issues like abortion and LGBTQ+ ideology—significantly divide America. Red states can protect their culture and traditions by putting these issues into law.