Poll: More Americans Than Ever Want to Move Out of the U.S.


A record number of Americans say they would want to move out of the U.S., according to a new Gallup poll.

In 2017 and 2018, 16 percent of Americans said they would want to leave America permanently for another country. The rise corresponds with the beginning of the Trump presidency in January, 2017.

The percentage of those who say they want to leave the country is higher than both the 11 percent who said they wanted to leave while President George W. Bush was in office and the 10 percent who said so under President Obama.

Those who said they wanted to leave the U.S. tended to be members of groups that lean Democratic, such as women, youth, and low-income people.

One fifth of women said they would want to live in another country, compared to only 13 percent of men. Three in ten of the poorest 20 percent of Americans said they also would like to leave.

All age groups saw a rise in desire to leave the country, but the highest percentage was 30 percent of Americans ages 15 to 29 who said they would prefer to move.

Many high-profile Democrats threatened to leave the country for Canada or Europe if Trump became president, although few did so.

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