Poll: Half of Connecticut wants to pack it up

The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford. (AP Photo/The Mark Twain House & Museum)
The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford. (AP Photo/The Mark Twain House & Museum)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — About half of Connecticut residents — 49 percent — would like to show the Nutmeg State the door, a nationwide Gallup poll has found.

Only Illinois had a higher percentage of respondents — 50 percent — who answered yes to the question: 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 poll found that 12 percent of people are struggling with the cost of living in Connecticut and that’s why they want to leave. Only New York had a higher percentage at 21 percent.

The top reason given for a desire to book it out of Connecticut concerned work- or business-related issues at 21 percent, which was consistent with other states.

Though about half of Connecticut said they want out, only 16 percent said they were “extremely, very or somewhat likely” to move in the next 12 months.

The states with the most content residents who said they have no problem staying put: Montana, Hawaii and Maine.

Check out all the so-called “intention-to-move data” here.

And how would you answer the question: 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?

Would you pack it up?

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