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Gallup Poll: 37 Percent of Michiganders Would Leave the Mitten if they Could

An overwhelming majority – 88 percent – said they have no plans to leave.

The Lower Peninsula has the majority of the population (primarily in the south), while the Upper Peninsula, separated from it by Lake Michigan and a bit of Lake Huron, is mostly rural. (Illustration: WikiTravel)
The Lower Peninsula has the majority of the population (primarily in the south), while the Upper Peninsula, separated from it by Lake Michigan and a bit of Lake Huron, is mostly rural. (Illustration: WikiTravel)

More than one-third of Michiganders – 37 percent – said they would move elsewhere if they had the chance, according to a Gallup Poll released this week.

The 50-state poll conducted from June to December 2013 included at least 600 interviews with residents 18 and older in each state. Gallup 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?"

About half of Illinois, Connecticut and Maryland residents – 5, 49 and 47 percent, respectively –  said they would jump at the chance to live elsewhere. By contrast, the least likely to leave are residents living in Montana, Hawaii and Maine.

Michigan ranked 16th in the list of states where residents said they wanted to move, slightly above the national average of 33 percent who said they would pack their bags. But head counters need not worry too much: Only 11 percent said they were extremely, very or somewhat likely to move.

Eighty-eight percent of respondents said flat-out they plan to remain in the Mitten.

Joseph Borrajo May 02, 2014 at 06:15 PM
The grass always looks greener elsewhere. Personally, I encourage the three branches of government to leave the state. P3
Lee Jacobsen May 02, 2014 at 09:55 PM
That means two thirds are happy living in Michigan and are staying, which is twice as many that feel the opposite. One can always go to California, where a record drought is occuring , and eathquates are a daily occurance as well. Also some of the highest taxes in the country occur there, plus redistribution of wealth , your wealth, for the illegals is much more of an issue.
Ian Darling May 04, 2014 at 01:05 PM
wrong headline! should have been 88% want to stay in MIchigan ! and who did the math? 37% want to leave 88% want to stay.....that is 125%...hummm. they must have been educated during the granholm years.
Sue Czarnecki May 04, 2014 at 08:48 PM
When people move, they usually take their troubles with them.

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