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'We'd Leave Connecticut ... If We Could'

That's what 49% of residents said when asked in a Gallup Poll. What about you: would you leave if you could? And, if not, what's keeping you here?

Photo courtesy of pixonomy on Flickr.
Photo courtesy of pixonomy on Flickr.
Sayonara, CT!

That's what nearly 50% of residents would say if they could, according to a new Gallup Poll.

Connecticut residents were second only to Illinois in their apparent dissatisfaction with living in their state. Fifty percent of Illinois residents polled would leave if they could, while 49% of Nutmeggers responded the same.

According to Gallup, "These findings are from a 50-state Gallup poll, conducted June-December 2013, which includes at least 600 representative interviews with residents aged 18 and older in each state."

Here's the Theoretical Question

Gallup says it measured residents' interest in moving out of state by asking:

"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?" 

If you live in Montana, Hawaii and Maine, you're pretty much digging it and really wouldn't want to be anywhere else. Those three states have the fewest number of residents who would leave if they could (23%). 

The poll dug a little deeper, too, and asked residents if they were actually planning to move out of the state sometime in the next 12 months. Of those in Connecticut who answered yes, here are their reasons why:

  • Work/Business-related: 21%
  • Family/Friends: 13%
  • Weather/Location: 7%
  • Quality of Life/Change: 12%
  • School-related: 10%
  • Cost of Living: 12%
  • Taxes: 6%

Now It's Your Turn

If you could leave Connecticut, would you, and why? If not, what's keeping you here?

Catherine & Dennis June 24, 2014 at 09:08 PM
My dream
SILENT WOLF June 24, 2014 at 11:01 PM
And this post is getting old, let's move on
Conrad F. Heede June 28, 2014 at 07:01 AM
I say all of you who threaten to leave should either get involved in local politics or yes, please leave. Go to Texas where there is no water, the taxes seem to be low, but the towns raise all their revenue from speed traps, alcohol taxes and other regressive measures and of course they rely in illegal immigrant labor and are opposed to legalizing the immigrants because that would increase costs. And yes, this article is too old.
Igor June 28, 2014 at 07:07 AM
Sounds like someone here has a silver spoon.
Conrad F. Heede June 28, 2014 at 07:14 AM
Far from it, but rather than rely on vague opinion to substitute for facts, i was pointing to the facts of my experiences of having lived in Texas for nearly half my life to demonstrate that the grass isn't always greener and that it you want to change something, you can't wait for someone else to do it. You have to own your destiny.

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