New Gallup Poll Says Half of Illinoisans Want to Move Away — How Would You Answer?


A new Gallup poll contains a revelation that’s not-so-complimentary about our great state of Illinois.

The poll says a whopping 50 percent of people in Illinois would leave here if they could. That’s the highest percentage in the nation, putting the state as league leader in residential dissatisfaction.

The question asked by Gallup was this: “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?”

You can read the full Gallup story here. The states where the most residents would leave if they could were Illinois (50%), Connecticut (49%) and Maryland (47%). The states where the fewest residents would leave include Montana, Hawaii and Maine, all at 23 percent.

According to Gallup, work or business reasons was the biggest factor in determining “should I stay or should I go.” The story says 31 percent, on average for all 50 states, list work of business as reason No. 1. That’s followed by family or other social reasons (19%), weather or location (11%), and then seeking a better quality of life or change (9%).

Illinois also was near the top of the list of states with largest populations planning to move in the next six months. About 19 percent said they were extremely/very/somewhat likely to “get out of Dodge” in 2014.

The Gallup data suggests an interesting followup: What would people of Kane County say to the same question?

Here’s your chance to respond:

Please keep in mind that this is an unscientific poll. Its an interesting exercise and an interesting experiment for KC Connects in terms of testing this WordPress feature and seeing if people are interested enough to participate. In my experience, polls like these can be fun and engaging, but their results should always be taken with more than just a grain of salt.

By comparison, results for the Gallup poll were based on telephone interviews conducted June-December 2013, with a random sample of approximately 600 adults in each state, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. For more details on Gallup’s polling methodology, visit




8 responses to “New Gallup Poll Says Half of Illinoisans Want to Move Away — How Would You Answer?

  1. I would move out of Illinois because of high taxes and cold weather, though will probably stay because my grown children and grand children live here.


  2. The real estate taxes are just out of control here, and the weather stinks. Why would anyone choose to stay?


  3. i Agree. the estate taxes are just too much, I can buy a house somewhere else with the amount of estate taxes i pay a year. if i paid off my house i still have that much to pay a month (equivalent to mortgage payment somewhere else). Cold weather doesn’t help neither


  4. All though born and raised in Illinois, the negative changes over the years have slowly eroded the quality of life in Illinois. Lack of quality employment, increasingly high taxes, greedy incompetent politicians which I believe are the primary cause of most of these problems.


  5. The taxation is out of control along with government employes double and triple dipping on pensions !!!!!
    The government has become wealthier than the people it’s governing !!!!


  6. Taxes, taxes, taxes..! Yes, fair share is fine, but level of taxation has reached, in my book, immoral status.


  7. The States answer to everything is raise taxes, as we get older and want to retire our age according to the SS is 67, but if your a teacher or work for the State at the age of 54 you can get 3 quarters of your pay and feel free to get another job to get another pension. Stop taxing us and raise their age for retirement to 67 and see how much money you save.


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