Poll: Folks want out of Illinois

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The saying goes, "the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence," and approximately half of Illinoisians would love to test that theory out, according to a new poll from Gallup.

Gallup asked residents in all 50 states (sorry, District of Columbia) if they had the opportunity, would they move or stay in their current state?

After averaging the responses from all 50 states, 33 percent of all residents said they would leave their current state, with the highest responses coming from Illinois (50 percent), Connecticut (49 percent), Maryland (47 percent), and Nevada (43 percent).

When Illinois residents were asked why they'd want to move away, the top reasons given were: work/business (26 percent), weather/location (17 percent), quality of life (15 percent), cost of living (9 percent), taxes (8 percent), school-related (6 percent), and family/friends (6 percent).

Missouri scored just above the national average, with 34 percent of respondents stating a desire to move away.

The lowest responses (those who would stay in place) came from residents of Montana, Hawaii, Maine (23 percent each), and Oregon (24 percent).

The poll was conducted between June and December 2013, and included at least 600 interviews with residents 18 and over from each state.

Gallup said future polling will reveal just where residents who want to relocate say they'd move to.


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