Gallup: 37% in MI would like to leave state

The sunset over Lake Michigan in Grand Haven. (Feb. 26, 2014)
The sunset over Lake Michigan in Grand Haven. (Feb. 26, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A study found that more than a third of Michigan residents would move away from the state if they could.

The study, published Wednesday by Gallup, found 37% of residents would like to leave Michigan. 63% said they would rather stay in the Great Lakes State and 1% said they had no opinion, according to Gallup.

Michigan came in 16th among state with most residents who would like to move.

Gallup’s top five states residents would leave if they could:

  • Illinois – 50%
  • Connecticut – 49%
  • Maryland – 47%
  • Nevada – 43%
  • Rhode Island – 42%

Montana residents appeared to be the most satisfied with their state, with 23% saying they would leave if they could and 75% saying they wanted to stay.

The study also found that only 11% of Michigan residents were at all likely to actually leave in the next year.

Gallup’s top five states residents plan to actually leave in the next 12 months:

  • Nevada – 20%
  • Arizona – 19%
  • Illinois – 19%
  • Idaho – 17%
  • Louisiana – 19%

In that list, Michigan came in 35th.

Vermont came in last, with 8% saying they planned to leave in the next year.

The study, conducted between June and December of last year, had an error margin of 5 percentage points.

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The full study results from Gallup

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