Poll: A third of Bay Area residents want to leave

SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU & AP) -- A poll by a prominent business-backed group shows that one-third of San Francisco Bay Area residents are considering leaving the region over the next few years because of home housing costs and worsening traffic.
The Bay Area Council surveyed 1,000 people and 34 percent said they are considering leaving the area because the quality of life is deteriorating.
The council, which released its findings Monday, also found that the number of people who say the area is headed in the wrong direction is significantly higher this year over last year: 40 percent versus 28 percent last year.  And 40 percent of those surveyed said the region is on the right track, down from 55 percent.
The survey found that people who have lived in the region for five years or less are the most likely to want to leave.
The poll findings could present a challenge for city leaders and civic groups in their efforts to lure new businesses and residents to the region.
Residents in San Francisco and Santa Clara County were downbeat on the region's prospects. Slightly more than half, or 52 percent, of San Francisco residents think the region is on the right track and just 37 percent of Santa Clara residents said the region is on the right track.
There is some good news for the region's boosters: 54 percent of residents said they have no plans to leave the Bay Area.
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