Record numbers of Americans want to flee the US

The increase is blamed on people who dislike Donald Trump.
The increase is blamed on people who dislike Donald Trump. Photo credit: Reuters

A record number of Americans said they wanted to flee the US in 2018, according to a new poll - and President Donald Trump could be to blame.

Data collected by Gallup shows 16 percent of US citizens said they wanted to move out during the Trump presidency - an increase of 60 percent compared to under former president Barack Obama.

The numbers were also dramatically above those during the last Republican president, George W Bush, under whom 11 percent wanted to move out.

A demographic breakdown showed women, young people and low-income earners were the most likely to want to escape the US. Most notably, 40 percent of women under 30 said they wanted out.

"Most of the recent surge in Americans' desire to migrate has come among groups that typically lean Democratic and that have disapproved of Trump's job performance so far in his presidency," Gallup states.

"If Americans disapprove of the job Trump is doing as president, they are more likely to want to leave the US.

"Overall, 22 percent of Americans who disapproved of Trump's job performance during his first two years said they would like to move, compared with 7 percent who approved."

Canada is the most popular destination, which 26 percent saying they'd like to move north.

"Before and after Trump's election, many Americans - particularly Democrats - threatened to move to Canada," Gallup says.

"Canada always has been one of the top desired destinations for Americans, but that desire has only increased since Trump's election."

But Gallup says most people won't actually go ahead and leave.

"It is unlikely that Americans will be flocking to the Canadian border," it says.

"In fact, since Trump's election, Canadian statistics show only a modest uptick in the number of Americans who have moved to Canada."

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