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.