Have you ever considered leaving Illinois? If so, a new study says you’re not alone


ILLINOIS (WCIA) – Have you ever considered leaving Illinois?

If you have, a new study says you’re not alone.

A survey out of the University of Illinois – Springfield found while more people feel the state is moving in the right direction this year compared to years past, most feel Illinois is going down the wrong road.

“I’ve only recently thought about moving out of the state because of the way the state is.”

“We have left and the only reason why we came back is family.”

These Illinois voters aren’t the only ones thinking about fleeing the state.

A study done by the research center at UIS found that 61% of people surveyed have considered moving out Illinois in the past year, but researchers say it’s just a thought for many.

“When we look at the data, we actually ask folks about action related to the leaving the state and when you actually look at those actions, like applying for jobs out of state, applying for housing, it’s actually really low like in the single digits.”

Results of the survey showed only 28% of people polled said Illinois is headed in the right direction, which is twice as many as last year, but still only reaching the approval of about 3 out of 10 people.

The survey highlighted good news for the governor.

“We also saw that Governor Pritzker has a very solid approval rating at 59%. We are talking his first term though. The first year of his first term.”

Some we spoke with say he still has a lot to prove after the honeymoon phase of his term is over.

“In my opinion, he is going to make things worse. Because he comes up with new taxes and he’s taxing the crap out of us. And I’ve run a business for 32 years and I can’t take it no more.”

“He has not helped, not as much as he promised from the get-go. He hasn’t done what he said he was going to do.”

The survey also revealed more habits of voters, including what they think about the graduated income tax proposal.

Those results will be released soon.

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(This story was originally published on October 7, 2019)

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