Noted: 41 percent of New York State residents said they would like to move from the state when asked by a Gallup poll, the results of which were published this week. Specifically, the question asked of respondents was: "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?"
The Empire State's 41 percent ranked as a tie for 6th highest with New Jersey and Massachusetts. Top of the table: Illinois (50 percent), Connecticut (49 percent), Maryland (47 percent), Nevada (43 percent), Rhode Island (42 percent). The states with the lowest percentage, at 23 percent, were: Montana, Hawaii, and Maine. The national average was 33 percent.
Gallup also asked people how likely they will move to a different state in the next 12 months considering moving. Of the New York respondents, 17 percent said they were either "extremely/very likely" (6 percent) or "somewhat likely" (11). That was tied for 3rd highest.
Among the popular reasons cited for wanting to leave New York: cost of living (21 percent), business-related (15 percent), family/friends (16 percent), and taxes (14 percent). (Gallup also recently reported that New Yorkers topped the table of "state residents most negative about their state's taxes" at 77 percent -- tied with New Jersey.)
Concludes the Gallup report:
Nevada, Illinois, Maryland, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, and Connecticut all appear particularly vulnerable to losing population in the coming few years: high percentages of their residents say they would leave if they could, and larger-than-average percentages say they are at least somewhat likely to do so in the coming year. At the other end of the spectrum, Texas, Minnesota, and Maine have little to fear. Residents of these states are among the least likely to want to leave and few are planning to leave in the next 12 months.
From the methodology: "Results for this Gallup poll are 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 results based on the total sample of adults in each state, the margin of sampling error is ±5 percentage points at the 95% confidence level."
Plus/minus 5 percentage points isn't small when looking some of the differences between states in this poll -- minus 5 would put New York not too far from the average for people who'd like to move -- so grains of salt.
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