Poll: Nearly half of California voters say they can't afford living in the state The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday reports that 43 percent of California voters said they can't afford to live there. That number was driven by younger voters: 61 percent of voters age 18 to 34 said they can't afford to live in California. Surging housing prices in California led CALmatters to report that the state was the poorest in the country in 2017. The organization reported then that 20 percent of the state's population struggled to make ends meet. San Francisco voters passed a proposition in November to levy a tax on the city's wealthiest companies and use the money to increase funding for homelessness services. San Francisco ranks among the least affordable cities in the nation, with a median single-family home value approaching $1 million. This week, the San Diego City Council said the city will stop punishing people for living in their vehicles. It's a move toward more constructive policies on homelessness, advocates said. It's really hard to feel sorry for them, when they just keeping voting these idiots in to power.