Illinois Issues has teamed up with NPR to conduct a poll with a margin of error of +/- 3.7%.
Here’s the part on “Leaving Illinois:”
Because of the fact that the state of Illinois lost nearly 34,000 individuals from 2016 to 2017, the survey asked respondents about whether they have considered leaving the state.
Overall, just over half (53%) of those surveyed report considering leaving in the past year and it is those who are younger who are most likely to say this.
Survey respondents between the ages of 18 and 34 are more likely to say they have considered
leaving (67%) than those in other age cohorts.
Those who are at least 65 years old, the typical age for retirement, are the least likely to say they have considered leaving (32%).
In addition to age, other factors — such as having more income — appear to play a role in whether respondents have considered leaving Illinois.
While 46% of those with household income of less than $30,000 have considered leaving, nearly two-thirds (64%) of those earning between $60,000 and $100,000 and 59% of those with income
of more than $100,000 have considered leaving the state.
Additionally, Democrats (44%) are less likely than Republicans (55%) or independents (61%) to say they have considered moving from Illinois.
Those who say they are considering leaving were asked to provide a “primary reason” for why they have considered doing so.
- Many respondents (39%) mention lower taxes as the primary reason, whereas
- 14% cite state government or politics,
- 15% cite better job opportunities and
- 7% say the primary reason they have considered leaving is lower crime.
- Additionally, some say better weather elsewhere (7%) or
- a family or personal reason (10%) is the primary reason
they’ve considered going elsewhere.
While in the case of weather and climate there is not much that policymakers can do, many concerns
such as political problems, taxes, and job opportunities are all issues which can be addressed by leaders in Illinois.
Older respondents, Democrats least likely to consider leaving
% of respondents who respond “yes”
when asked if they have considered leaving Illinois in the past year