Since 2020, the differences between red states and blue states have become more apparent than ever. Differences were always there; however, the contrasts now drastically determine the quality of life that Americans experience.
When COVID struck, most red states like South Dakota, Texas, and Florida tried to strike a reasonable balance between protecting public health and also upholding Americans’ freedoms.
In blue states like Michigan, New York, and California, residents were subjected to some of the harshest restrictions this country has ever seen.
To this day, there are still lingering effects from how red states and blue states approached COVID mitigation strategies. One of those effects is a mass departure from the latter to the former.
The Root Causes of Mass Flight From Blue States
Deep blue states, like New Jersey, Illinois, New York, and others, are losing residents in droves. Meanwhile, as people leave these Democrat-run states, their Republican-led counterparts, such as Florida and South Carolina, are gaining new residents like never before.
As time passes, more Americans are recognizing that high crime rates, woke social policies, and homelessness that have become hallmarks of leftist communities don’t make for good living.
By contrast, red states have business-friendly policies, lower taxes, less crime, more educational opportunities, and other standards that lead to happiness.
Ironically, as blue states like Illinois and California lose residents, their leaders don’t hesitate to slam the officials of Florida, Texas, and other conservative communities.
The idea that left-wing policies are driving Americans into red states is something that appears lost on Democratic officials.
Will Red States Stay Red?
As mass numbers of people leave blue states for red states, it begs to question whether these new residents will vote for the same policies they fled from. If this happens on a significant scale, then red states will eventually turn purple and then blue.
However, not every single person leaving a blue state is a Democrat or a leftist voter. In Florida, for instance, the state gained a GOP voter advantage over Democrats for the first time ever last year.
The now 100,000+ more Republican voters in Florida than Democrats directly align with mass numbers of new residents coming into the state. This is living proof that not all people moving into red states are on the left.
As blue states lose these record numbers of residents, it’s beginning to have very real impacts on them. In California, for instance, the state was actually forced to forfeit one seat in the House of Representatives, due to population decline.