Gallup: Half of New Jersey Residents Want to Leave Their State Because of This One Issue

A Gallup poll found that nearly half (46%) of residents in New Jersey as well as in Connecticut would ideally leave their states. In contrast, only 13% of Montana’s residents said they’d want to leave their state. When analyzing respective states’ local taxes, residents in states with higher local taxes are more likely to want to leave their state, and residents in states with lower local taxes are more likely to want to stay in their state. Gallup reported:

Residents living in states with the highest aggregated state tax burden are the most likely to report they would like to leave their state if they had the opportunity. Connecticut and New Jersey lead in the percentage of residents who would like to leave their state.

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States are separated into five tax quintiles. The first tax quintile represents states with the lowest tax burdens, and the fifth tax quintile represents states with the highest tax burdens. Gallup reported on the implications from their survey results:

States with growing populations typically have strong advantages, which include growing economies and a larger tax base. Gallup data indicate that states with the highest state tax burden may be vulnerable to migration out of the state, putting them in jeopardy of missing out on some of these advantages.

States in the first, second and third quintiles have similar percentages of residents reporting they would like to leave their state; however, this percentage increases for residents living in states composing the fourth and fifth quintiles. These data suggest that even moderate reductions in the tax burden in these states could alleviate residents’ desire to leave the state.


According to WalletHub’s “Best and Worst States to be a Taxpayer” – where number one is best and 51 is worst (the list includes Washington, D.C.) – Montana ranks number three. New Jersey ranks number 42, and Connecticut is number 47.

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