Half of Connecticut Wants to Move Out: Poll

Connecticut ranked second-highest in a recent Gallup 50-state poll surveying residents about their desire to move to another state.

In the poll published Wednesday on Gallup's website, 49 percent said they would like to move out of Connecticut when asked, "Regardless of whether you will move, if you had the opportunity, would you like to move to another state, or would you rather remain in your current state?"

However, in Gallup's polling results about respondents' intentions of moving, 84 percent said it was "not too/not at all likely" they will move in the next year. Eight percent reported it is "somewhat likely" and nine percent said it's "extremely/very likely" they will move to another state in the next 12 months.

Gallup conducted the poll between June and December of last year, including responses from a small sampling of at least 600 residents ages 18 and older in each state. Gallup did the interviews at random to a 50-50 split of landline and cellular phone numbers.

Illinois showed the highest percentage of residents wanting to move out at 50 percent. Maryland followed Connecticut with 47 percent reporting they want to leave. Nevada (43), Rhode Island (42), New Jersey (41), New York (41), Massachusetts (41), Louisiana (40) and Mississippi (39) were in the top ten for highest percentages of residents wanting to move out.

Montana, Hawaii and Maine polled as the states with the lowest percentages of residents wanting to move out at 23 percent, according to Gallup. Oregon, New Hampshire and Texas trailed closely at 24 percent.

Gallup also looked closer at reasons sparking plans to move within the next 12 months. According to Gallop, 21 percent said they plan or are likely to move out of Connecticut in the next year for "work/business-related" reasons, 13 percent named "family/friends" as their main motivation for moving, 7 percent said "weather," 12 percent said "quality of life/change," 10 percent said their reasons are school-related and 12 percent said they plan to or are likely to move out because of the cost of living.

The complete poll results and summary is available on Gallup's website.

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