What percent of residents want to move out of your state? This map gives you an idea

If you were given the chance to move from your current state to another, would you want to? That was the question behind a new Gallup poll that shows nearly half of the residents in progressive meccas like Connecticut and Illinois would be willing to move to a different state. On radio this morning, Glenn, Pat, and Stu ran through the 10 states with residents most willing to move and the 10 states with residents least likely to bolt.

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These findings come from a 50-state Gallup poll, conducted from June 2013 to December 2013. Gallup measured residents’ interest in moving out of state by asking, “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?”

Below is a map that illustrates Gallup’s findings:

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According to the poll, the states most residents would be willing to leave include much of the northeast. Illinois tops the list with 50% of respondents saying they would move, followed by Connecticut (49%), Maryland (47%), Nevada (43%), Rhode Island (42%), New Jersey (41%), New York, (41%), Massachusetts (40%), Louisiana (40%), and Mississippi (39%).

Interestingly, while Illinoisans are most willing to leave their state in a general context, 20% of Nevadans said they are extremely, very, or somewhat likely to leave their state in the next 12 months. Illinois came in second on that list with 19% of respondents saying they are likely to move in the next year.

On the contrary, Montana, Hawaii, and Maine are the states where the fewest residents would leave if they could. Just 23% of residents in all three states said they would move. Oregon, New Hampshire, and Texas were close behind with just 24% of residents answering yes, followed by Colorado and Minnesota at 25%, South Dakota at 26%, and Wyoming at 27%.

“Except for a couple of them, they’re all free states,” Glenn said of the states people are least likely to flee. “Except for Hawaii, [and] Oregon has a touch of the progressive cancer. But for the most part… [it’s] freedom.”

See the full poll results HERE.

  • Anonymous

    The final analysis: We can’t stand each other!

    • Anonymous

      Texans seem to be OK with each other.

      • Anonymous

        God bless Texas!

  • Anonymous

    Alot of us in the northeast are just itching to get out of here, I guess. a combo of the cold weather and being surrounded by/ruled by radical progressives.
    But there are some things I really like here. (1) It’s pretty. (2) We have less share of potentially dangerous natural disasters where I live (although we have had deaths due to ice storms and tornadoes and maybe floods within the last few years). (3)In my town you are not likely to be shot by a gang member, or anyone else for that matter. (4)Our interstates seem to be relatively good shape, and our DMV is modernized, unlike when I spent time in NC and went to a DMV which had been privatized and was very primitive.
    I did enjoy some things about being in NC, however. I’m not a cold-weather person, and I liked taking walks there.

    • Anonymous

      The problem is when you try to turn your new home into what you said you wanted to get away from

      • Anonymous

        Well, the place I have spent time in NC has changed alot over the years and I had nothing to do with it, I wasn’t living there. I actually preferred it decades ago. Now they are obsessed with “diversity”, that’s all I heard about on the local news and public TV.

  • Jennifer Cary

    Did they ask the Minnesota people when the temp was -25?

  • Anonymous

    The only good places are the one you just left and the one your going to

  • Deckard426

    Many Americans are considering immigrating illegally to Mexico, in order to escape the worsening economic situation in the United States.

    • Peter Adamo

      but in Mexico the punishment is death

      • Elena

        Practically, yes. However, Mexico does not have capital punishment — why they do not often extradite their citizens to Texas or other states that do enforce capital punishment.

        • Linda Prince Johnson

          No they don’t have capital punishment….they just let you DIE in their prisons of malnutrition and illness. The end is usually the same.

    • Anonymous

      Let’s start a caravan…. Mexico would go nuts! We can all apply for welfare down there and free health care -weeeee!

      • Margaret Rudolf

        Better bring a gun with you. They are not very friendly to newcomers in Mexico, even if they come in legally. America, on the other hand, welcomes those who come here legally and most of us don’t want the ones who come here illegally.

        • Braves1

          Lived in Mexico for a couple of years and they were some of the most hospitable people I have ever met and I am from the south where we pride ourselves on hospitality. They have a extremely dysfunctional healthcare system, and government. Guns are illegal so the people can not protect themselves, and violence is rampant. Maybe you feel they aren’t very welcoming because you aren’t open to try and understand their language and culture… Just a thought. Its easy to criticize and say harsh things and its hard to really try and get to know a group of people you don’t maybe walk a mile in their shoes.

          • Anonymous

            I believe she meant the government, not the people.

          • Steve

            Who are you kidding? My buddy went across the border in mexico and was held at gun point immediately by a car that chased him down. There was a complete car full of men who pointed their machine guns at him for no reason at all. Ya . . . Guns are illegal . . . For the innocent, that is. Lol!

          • Elena

            Illegal for civilians. All the bad guys are armed to the teeth courtesy of Fast & Furious.

          • KYKNOC

            and people want to have gun control here.. they are nutz
            If we made all drugs legal and regulated,, the crime in mexico and salvador would be reduced by 80% in one year..
            Our policies are destroying them..
            (I dont do a single drug, not even weed)

          • KYKNOC

            Actually I have an addiction to caffeine sorry..

          • BrickCityBully

            I hope you don’t take no over the counter medicine, any prescription drugs, drink, smoke cigarettes, or consume any food you don’t grow or raise yourself.

          • kevin Golike

            rampant violence and hospitality dont go together,

          • gordo

            Sounds like the America of the future.

          • Libertarian

            The people are nice but it doesn’t change the fact that we treat immigrants much better here in the US. It’s illegal in Mexico for a legal immigrant to own more than 49% of their business or to protest anything. Those are just two of the most draconian laws.

          • Deborah

            You mean when we go somewhere new we are supposed to learn their language and culture? OMG I HAD NO CLUE…said no one EVER. Maybe the illegals should try that here, or better yet, go back to their side of the border and come back when they have completed the process LEGALLY. By legally, I don’t mean anchor babies, either.

          • blanca

            Calm down there braves. I’m from Mexico, came here legally. You don’t have a clue as to what you’re talking about. I wonder where did you live? Mexico is policed to an extreme and that nice hospitality you talked about, we’ll they want something in return. If you look like you have money, weak or gullible. Then your going to be their best friend. IV lived in GA for about 7 years now. And take offense that you would compare Mexico to the south. So for a brief summarization, those shoes your talking about are mine. And just because you lived there for a whole 3 years doesn’t mean you have walked in anyone’s shoes. You are not one of us and you clearly are in the gullible group. FYI learn our language. … That’s a joke. Mexicans don’t bother to learn English cause this country caters to them. I believe if you move to another country you need to learn the language. Pretty sure half of Hispanics missed that memo, and the dawn thing was written in Spanish to.

          • Melissa Schemmel

            Maybe we could be a little less welcoming to the invading illegals who cross our borders, since they don’t even try to learn our language and culture. Just a thought. It’s easy to criticize and say harsh things WHEN THEY ARE TRUE. Instead we print everything in Spanish, provide free education in spanish, provide them homes, and food and travel expenses and guns (to shoot us with and rob us.) If these are the hospitable people you are referring to, they can damn well LEAVE and by God I hope they have to walk all those miles in their own shoes, which we likely provided for them.

          • Stef

            Why would I want to live in a country where
            1. The Government is so corrupt, they make the Mafia look like Sunday School Children.
            2. I cannot even Defend myself.
            3. If I was a Senior Citizen, forget about it.

            Hell, I even have relatives who live in the State of Jalisco, in the town of Lagos De Moreno and I still won’t go. Sad but true.

    • California Refugee

      In Mexico, if you read the US State Dept and many military websites travel advisories, evidence gained by torture is admissible in court. Even though torture is technically illegal it is commonly used to get confessions out of people if they refuse to pay the police their “fines”. A Chicago man was tortured for 3 days and nights before confessing to a murder that they otherwise had no evidence for, and he had a strong alibi. I know you are only kidding, but I felt I had to mention this, in spite of having a lot of nice people in Mexico you’d better pray you never run afoul of law enforcement there.

      • Elena

        I had a student a few years ago go clubbing in Reynosa. He got into a bar fight w/a local. Then the policia arrived and carried them all off to the jail where the desk sergeant started taking bets on who would win round 2. My student came back beaten to a pulp. The local policia are corrupt as can be. The Federales are so-so, leaving the Mexican army and marines to do the “real” policing. You enter the country and find a pill box full of troops w/truly automatic weapons pointing at you.

      • Deckard426

        Which is worse, being tortured in Mexico, or living in Chicago?

    • Linda Prince Johnson

      Sure they are.

    • Elena

      There was a massive shootout in a Mexican border city — Reynosa. It left 2 bystanders dead, others injured, killed a Federale and a bunch of bad guys. Juarez at the other end of the Rio Grande has a long history of dead bodies showing up here and there.

      I would not shop in Mexico, let alone live there, until the cartels are all dead.

      • KYKNOC

        need to make drugs legal for that to happen.

    • Anonymous

      Haven’t you seen the commericals- Belize is the place to go. It’s English-speaking and no drug cartels.

      • Karlec

        Yet…

    • justmeeveryone

      I would become a Mexican citizen and then re-enter the US illegally so I could be taken care of by the government! JK

    • Libertarian

      Terrible idea. You have zero rights as an immigrant in Mexico. You can’t even own your own business. They would just kill you and dump you in a pot of acid if you are an illegal…

  • Sadie

    WV is ranked the most depressed state, but it seems people want to stay. That makes me wonder if WV is as depressed as we think.

    • marni patterson

      It’s as depressed as we hear it is. The reason people don’t want to leave is their family has lived there for generations. So, it’s easier to stay even if there are better opportunities elsewhere. Besides, you know what they say…. misery loves company.

      • Todd A Scheller

        Not true, I moved TO West Virginia from Oklahoma. They also say lots of other things that does not make them true.

  • Anonymous

    It was cold again in Iowa but I have no desire to move.

  • Chuck S

    I wish some of those Arizona folks who want to leave would GO!

    • Jay

      Amen to that!

    • Ambie

      I’m surprised by Arizona. Arizona is a great place to live. Beautiful land, good economy, above average govt (of course the bar is set pretty low). Minus that whole #1 in kidnapping thing, I luv AZ!

      • Rosemary Crews Chidester

        AZ is #1 in kidnapping? How bizarre…

        • Anonymous

          Kidnapping is a Mexican/ illegal issue…Nevada and Arizona score high mostly due to housing market collapse

    • Anonymous

      You mean like McCain?

    • marni patterson

      I was also surprised to see that so many people want to leave Arizona. We love it here and wouldn’t think of living anywhere else.I hope the ones who want to leave are illegals and liberals from California and the Northeast. Whoever they are, I-10 is easy to access from both Phoenix and Tucson, and it goes east and west.

  • Dave Gustavson

    It appears the poll was poorly worded. I would like to know what percentage of taxPAYERs desire to escape obama’s country, where they would go and (ha ha ha ha) why. Those not recieving all of the “free” stuff, but being forced to pay for said “free” things things by threat of armed violence from governmental agencies seem eager to leave. Go figure. Lazy turds should be allowed to starve, not become prominent or deciding factors of what used to be a nation and society. Yah- I’m a racist. I hate lazy freeloaders- obama’s constituency. I work, therefore I am racist.

    • Jenna

      I want to stay here, Obama is the one who needs to move, say to Saudia Arabia, Africa, hell, anywhere but here!

      • Anonymous

        Not until Voter ID laws are the law. Oh yeah, that’s racist because we all know minorities can’t get college degrees nor drive a car.

      • Anonymous

        Somebody explain why people want to get out of Arizona???

  • markymarvin

    Doesn’t look to good for Illinois.

    • Pat Patterson

      I have a lot of HS and college friends who still live there. They mostly live in the center and away from Chicago but IL is in bad financial state thanks to an idiot governor and left dominated politicians from Chicago.

  • Sam Markie

    No one wants to move from Maine? Something is wrong with this poll…

    • Brendan Smith

      I think you really have to like Maine to live there in the first place.

      • Anonymous

        I think you should come here and check it out before you mouth off. You might figure out why even stupid libs won’t make us move out of HEAVEN.

        • Brendan Smith

          Mike, that wasn’t a shot. It was a compliment. I grew up in New England. Maine winters are not easy. Most people can’t handle them. It is a beautiful state.

    • JimB

      They are all Lobster lovers………

      • Anonymous

        That’s just a tiny aspect of Maine’s glory.

    • Anonymous

      Read my post above, you mental midget. Maine is possibly the best state in this nation – EXCEPT that we have a bunch of loony libs in the cities. It is why the stars and other rich people have summer homes all up and down the gorgeous, VERY extensive coastline or on one of the amazing lakes.

      • Sam Markie

        You aren’t even worth my time.

        • Anonymous

          Right back at ya, dufus.

          • Sam Markie

            Good never wanted your input in the first place, moron. Go back to being a moonbat lite.

          • Anonymous

            Blow me, you idiot.

          • Anonymous

            Of course you didn’t! Stupid people only blow chunks outta their azzcrack without knowing anything about which they puke that crap up. And just HATE it if they get called on it. THIS was obvious here today. hahaha

      • Rosemary Crews Chidester

        I understand you love where you live, but have you even traveled? There are a lot of nice places in the states… so defensive.

        • Anonymous

          I travel all the time, you dummy. I’m leaving tomorrow morning – from Maine to Georgia. Another car trip. YOU are the one who is OFFENSIVE. I built homes for people who moved here all the time, and they all told me that Maine was THE very best place in this country. A pilot flew for Eastern Airlines for 34 years, and then Trump Shuttle when The Donald bought them out… and said he’d been to every city in the states, as well as all over the world – a gazillion times… and Maine killed everywhere else, though he loved Carmel County, CA, Portland, Oregon, and Puget Sound. — Myself, I loved Fort Meyers in particular.

          Don’t ASSUME what you cannot know.

  • In Oregon

    Looks like only 3 States are lookin good and all three are great States. But only one is a truely beautiful State and that one is Oregon.

    • Pat Patterson

      Pretty areas in Oregon so I’ve heard.

      • Emil Merusi

        There are, but I’m afraid they’re going away due to gov’mint inefficiency and outside interference.

      • Roger

        There are beautiful parts of Oregon but they are not Portland or Eugene. They are lost to the Progressives who vote for more and more money to schools that does not go to the classroom and only ends up in the unions and bloated bureaucracy.Then they beg for more. $12,500 per year for one kid K-12? Our property taxes are closing in on $15,000 per year for a modestly nice home, no mansion. When housing values crashed we petitioned to lower our taxes. We were told that they will revalue but the actual tax never goes down.The most recent attack came on our garbage service. Now, only picked up once every two weeks. Miss one and you get service only once a month, stinks and is unsanitary. You can’t cut down a tree that will obviously fall on your house unless you get the “Forester’s” approval at $2,000 when the whole thing can be done for $600. Recycling is in the dark ages with no mass redemption of aluminum so you never get your deposit back. If you give it to the waste management with your recycle you lose your money and who in their right mind is going to stand in front of “one can at a time” recycle “wall” at the grocery store? All this for continuous rain, mold, destruction of everything that you might leave outside. On the up side, you do get about 6 weeks of really nice weather, then back to 10.5 months of rain. Don’t move here. I am moving back to California in 4 months and I don’t regret it.

        • Anonymous

          Ok OR has it’s bad points but I wouldn’t move to CA over it..go to WA, no state income tax there (as long as we can keep Gates and his cronies at bay..)

          • Candy Kriegel

            You have no state income tax, Oregon has no sales tax. I like no sales tax better.

          • Anonymous

            My wife concurs, we’re trying to move to Vancouver for that reason.

          • Candy Kriegel

            It’s always nice when a happy compromise can be reached. 😉

      • Candy Kriegel

        You heard right. We have the International Rose Test Garden, the largest rose garden in the world.
        I live less than 2 hours from…
        …beautiful snow-covered Mt. Hood.
        …fun and clean ocean beaches.
        …Columbia River Gorge, a nationally recognized hot-spot for wind-surfers.
        …deserts and forests.
        …beautiful lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and even hot springs!
        Less than 30 minutes from…
        …incredible farmlands with a wide range of animals and crops.
        …gorgeous buildings and estates with rich history.
        …literally hundreds of parks, gardens, and nature trails, over 90% of which are completely FREE to use and appreciate.

        • Anonymous

          Maine has all that (except the HUNDREDS of parks), and we have FAAAAAAR more (and breath-taking) coastline. I’m 30 minutes from FIVE public beaches on the coast, the Bush compound in Kennebunkport, or LL Bean, 15 minutes from Sebago Lake, 3 hours from Moosehead Lake, 2 hrs from Baxter State Park, 1 hr from Sugarloaf Mtn., and 1 hr from the White Mountains in NH. And I haven’t even gotten started….

          • Candy Kriegel

            You love your state and it sounds beautiful, just as God designed it!
            If I ever did leave the area of my family history (about 150 years of it dating back to the Oregon Trail), it would be because I’m leaving the country–not moving across the country.

          • Anonymous

            uhuh. that’s nice. I wasn’t inviting you here. Too bad you got all nut-bag on me on the other post – which was NONE of your business anyway. I like messin’ with people – see if you got a sense of humor. … Cuz I woulda told you about the pilot I built an amazing dream home for on Sebago Lake; in that he told me that he loved the great northwest, most of all Puget Sound, but Portland and Carmel County as well. Oops.. I just did… tell… ya.

          • Candy Kriegel

            No one invited you here either, just fyi. It’s a public forum.

          • Anonymous

            BLOW ME, MORON. I was meaning to Maine, you now proven IDIOT. And I was trying to be nice. wow.

    • Anonymous

      Oregon might be truely beautiful but Maine is truly beautiful, also. The few people who WOULD move CAN’T. They are the older Republicans who the Democrats have sucked dry. The place is pretty but it is crawling with progressives. Just recently sold out in Maine and bought a house out in the middle of the average green area. It’s ALSO beautiful. BTW, both spouse and I are born/bred Mainers and retired.

      • Anonymous

        DAMN STRAIGHT, brother. I only see progressives in the cities, not out here in the country. Not but a few tool-bags here and there.

    • Anonymous

      A *touch* of the cancer? The People’s Republic of Eugene that took away the right to use plastic bags, is taking over streets for bike lanes, is trying to mandate businesses to pay for sick leave and lets homeless setup their own little fiefdoms in the parks? Governor Kissasser that won’t execute a legally convicted criminal but allows the murder of babies and the helpless? Could be worse. Could be CA I suppose..

      • Candy Kriegel

        In Oregon didn’t write the article. Why are you attacking him?
        If we take out the progressives from Portland, Eugene, and Corvallis, we’ll easily be rid of over 90% of all the liberals trying to drag out state down.

        • Anonymous

          Why do you believe I was attacking them? Clarification of a position (I live in Eugene and I wish it was just a *touch* infected) with the possibility of disagreeing (which I wasn’t, I disclosing problems in this area) with that position does not constitute an attack. See also incorrect usage of “-phobe” in discussions such as “homophobe” or “islamaphobe” And have a wonderful weekend!

      • Anonymous

        Oregon has no sales tax……live on the WA side of the Columbia River you have no income tax, and you shop in OR….

    • Dennis Ferguson

      ya if you like downtown being a dormate volcano ya its great move to texas where the worst things are floods and tornadoes lol. beat the hell out of mudslides earthquakes and volcanic activity.

      • Candy Kriegel

        Except that Mt St Helens, if it ever erupts again, would be EXTREMELY far-reaching to get to Portland, OR. I have no idea why people even keep talking about it…

    • Anonymous

      Wow. You don’t know much, huh? Maine blows Oregon out of the fricken water on beauty, you moron. Do some research.

      • Candy Kriegel

        You called someone a moron because they think their state is more beautiful… I think you insulted the wrong person for the wrong reason.
        You got offended because one person thinks their state is more beautiful and instead of letting it go or sharing something awesome about your state (which God made EVERYTHING), you had to go and call that person a “moron.”
        You owe someone an apology and you should take a good look at yourself before calling anyone anymore names.

        • Anonymous

          Hey Candy, you MORON; That person said; “The ONLY state that is truly beautiful”. Did you miss that part, you MORON??? By my PROOF that you just spoke complete IDIOCY right there… I’d say YOU owe ME an apology. OR!!!! You could have “let it go”!!! Instead of being the blog-site police!! Were you the hall monitor in grade school??? Go SCREW.

  • In Oregon

    Sorry about that I see that Hawaii and Maine are on that list.

  • In Oregon

    About the only weather are bad situation that we have to worry about here in the Portland area is the possiblity is that ol Mt. St. Helen might turn nasty. Very, very rarely do we have a tornado, no hurricanes and most of all we only had 2 measurable snow storms this last season, unlike a good portion of the nation.

    • Jack Clayton

      Oh come on the grey drizzle that goes on for months at a time. Someone stop me before I kill myself. Not to mention the weirdo factor is very high. Portlandia is such a dead on portrayal of SE.

      • Candy Kriegel

        I, for one, LOVE the rain!
        I hate hearing all the complaints about it, especially from the people that move here! Also, drizzle, for however many months it occurs, is not exactly a major concern when a person is looking for a place with zero tsunamis; very, very few tornadoes and earthquakes; and usually not a lot of snow and it rarely lasts more than a day or two.
        Lastly, the weirdo factor diminishes as you go further and further away from true Portland.

      • Anonymous

        I spent about 6 weeks one fall in Seattle. I was seriously depressed at the end of those weeks – thought maybe I had a terminal illness. I think it stopped drizzling for about 7 days total of those weeks. Hate rain anyway – let alone constant drizzle for weeks on end!!!

        • Anonymous

          Why do you think Kurt Cobain killed himself?? Oh wait. I almost forgot he was married to Courtney Love. Never mind.

  • RhettButler1

    Where do these people want to go to? That would be interesting.

    • Anonymous

      To the moon Alice!

      • Candy Kriegel

        I understood that reference!

  • Anonymous

    CAs and Northeasties are NOT welcome in OK! Stay away. Everything your lib pals told you about backwards flyover country is true! We lynch homosexuals and other kinds of liberals on sight!

    • Anonymous

      Hah! You wish.. as a long time okie, I can tell you that places like Tulsa are becoming very cosmopolitan. All my family is there, and we visit all the time. I was raised there and it has changed ALOT.

      • Anonymous

        SHHH.. don’t tell the world, goofball. These leftist morons will move here and turn Tulsa/OKC and even…what.. ENID into Liberal hellholes like San Francisco.

        • Anonymous

          Hey if it weren’t for San Francisco & Los Angeles, California would be a very nice conservative state.

          • Anonymous

            He’s far too stupid to realize that.

          • Sol Rosenberg

            This is true, very true, once you get out of the SF Bay Area it turns very conservative, I was surprised. I went to visit a friend in the central valley and his friends wanted to know if I was a liberal or conservative, luckily I fit the mold of someone they wanted to associate with 😉

          • Anonymous

            @Ariestar highly agreed! Also, San Diego is beginning to turn blue despite the large military presence there :(

          • Anonymous

            DON’T FORGET SACRAMENTAL.

        • Rosemary Crews Chidester

          It’s true. There are actually a lot of conservatives in CA. Just those big cities where the liberals congregate tend to make us SEEM Lib… cut CA in 2 or 3 and I’d be happy.

          • Anonymous

            Orange County has plenty of conservatives also (especially the southern part)…not too many lefties in Newport Beach, San Clemente or Coto de Caza (of real housewives fame)

    • Anonymous

      I knew there’d be a total freakin’ moron who doesn’t have the sense to not stereotype ALL this or that.. posting utter nonsense on this article. I’m from Maine, where nearly EVERYONE I know is a small government conservative. It’s only the “big” cities like Portland, Augusta, Bangor, and the dirty old cities full of stupid leaches, sucking down the welfare – like Biddeford, Lewiston, Sanford and Waterville where all the retarded liberals live… that BARELY beat us tea party types – who cover the other NINETY percent (area-wise) of the GLORIOUS landscape that is “Maine; the way life should be”, or “Vacationland”… in the national elections. We despise all of the leftist jerks who have for years and years moved to our state and tried to make it into their retarded “Utopia”. And btw, we call many of them; “Massholes”. Maine is mostly woods and farmland, and where I grew up in a tiny village by the river, it was reminiscent of Mayberry, RFD. Wake up bozo.

      • Emily Savannah Chambers

        Just so you know, (and I know you’re speaking about your state only in this comment so thank you for not stereotyping other large cities lol!) not all large cities, not all metropolitan areas are welfare living, leeching, food stamps carrying no goods who don’t want to work. In fact, not all those who DO have some of those types of financial and living assistance are people who just don’t want to work ever at all or anything like that… Also, there’s a difference between “being leftist” and being tolerant and saying “who am I to judge? That’s their thing (being gay lesbian whatever right?) Let’s fund early education since knowledge is power and the future should be our biggest investment concern, let’s make the world a better place.” I’m openly transgender because I”m tired of living in a body that isn’t right, that’s the easiest way to put it, maybe not the clearest, but easiest. However, with that being said, I’m not a “super ultra liberal leftie”. I happen to think that many “conservative” financial ideas have merit and deserve consideration, and I think that traditionally “liberal” ideas like early childhood education, helping people get back on their feet, etc are great for this country. We all need to stop fighting and start talking. That’s the only way ANYTHING good will be done in this country. Thank you, I welcome your response.

        • bynbel

          “Traditionally “liberal” ideas” have failed abysmally because good ideas need to be implemented with common sense, something the utopia mongers have little of. The Head Start program – utter failure. “helping people get back on their feet” – more accurately, its about keeping the poor dependent on government. Lost jobs disappear because of government policies and the answer government has is to keep extending unemployment. That doesn’t sound like helping people get back on their feet to me. What has always been great for this country is for freedom, liberty and responsibility to reign while government gets out of peoples’ lives.

          • Emily Savannah Chambers

            I agree about government dependency. I guess I should have said I like the idea/theory. I think we have great ideas and do great things but we do them horribly. Would you agree?

          • Anonymous

            NO!!! You NEVER have any good ideas. You aren’t intellectual enough to see the LONG picture. No liberal is.

          • Emily Savannah Chambers

            How do you know that for certain? You don’t even know me at all. Your statement has no validity because you do not know me.

          • Anonymous

            Please excuse him….his world is changing and he doesn’t know how to handle it except to lash out at everyone. He’s mostly right about Maine and it is unique state demographically & politically that can not be pooled generically with other similar places. The biggest problem is nothing is left for industry, so almost all the bright young people leave and all that gets left behind is the know-nothing losers and the old people. The old people are inevitably dying off and the southern cities are being filled with North-moving liberals from Mass, NH & CT. The state has gone from bright red to purple to almost all blue in less than 20 years and it is scaring the hell out of the born & raiseds.

          • Anonymous

            HAHAHAHA!! What an imbecile you are. Nice try, you condescending moron. My state has been EXACTLY like it is now for many generations, you know-nothing tool-bag. Obviously you don’t know Maine’s history. I dislike liberals because they are nowhere near as cognitive as conservatives. Period. You cannot articulate a winning argument on the merits of the discussion so all you can do is try to denigrate me with a false narrative. I built the highest quality homes in a large area for 30-something years – as the wizard/ the guy who hired everyone involved/ the general contractor. I learned from the very best GC in a big area straight out of high school, and was working for myself by the time I was 22. Ya know; because I’m such a “loser”. I was at the top of my class all through school, being the son and grandson of two geniuses. Your post is a hilarious attempt to denigrate a person who you disagree with politically – who can make you look like a total moron. You are the typical liberal elitist a$$clown who cannot even begin to grasp the basis of reason, so you simply cast aspersions at your foe with rhetoric. I have ZERO fear – of anything. I have succeeded brilliantly at everything I have ever undertaken. I’m so sorry to burst your specious bubble.

          • Carol Chang

            You seem very insecure about you state. You also seem to be an obnoxious person.

          • Anonymous

            I’m not insecure in any way about my state. And I enjoy messin’ with people. Especially those who say stupid things. You call it obnoxious. That’s nice.

          • Anonymous

            Oh Mike, you truly need to get your emotions in check. you’re gonna give yourself a heart attack dude. My comment was Emily, not to you and as fellow born and raised Mainer, I was trying to enlighten her as to why you are ranting. It would seem that you are in fact one of the old people I referred to in my comment since you profess to have built to the finest homes for 30 years. Unless you started building when you were 6 that is…..and I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but that puts you in the “old” category and not the young loser category. The people who worked hard, grew up in great place and now Maine is not what it used to be, but you really can’t envision yourself wasting away in Florida, so you stay in Maine. When you were growing up yes, in fact you could stay in Maine and make a fairly decent living to raise a family on. Now, not so much unless you’re in the medical field taking care of those old people left. But you really shouldn’t’ be all that afraid of the liberals moving in from the south, you really should be more afraid of the drugs that are rotting our fine state from the inside out. Bath salts and the like are turning the young people of Maine into violent zombies.

          • Anonymous

            And one more thing, you total LIAR; Maine nearly went BLOOD-RED in ’10 when we elected a staunch conservative governor and nearly flipped the legislature (because the MAJORITY was sick and tired of the last THREE stupid liberals destroying our economy with disastrous policies). I’d suggest you do some research before you attempt to bullsh!t people – next time.

          • Anonymous

            ohhh and one more thing Mike. I am pretty conservative and vote Republican most of the time, so ehhh your libdar is off. Your governor is likely gone this next election, because he can’t keep his mouth shut (hmmm what other Maine conservative does that remind us of) and you have a RINO and INO (because he’s really a left wing Dem and not an Independent) and more liberal elected to represent you in DC…..yeah I think the conservative movement has really turned the corner in Maine….. not

          • Anonymous

            I am so brilliant that I gleaned a TON of information from your first post (above). And I know what is wrong with liberal’s brains – and I just explained that to you. duh. wow. smh. I replied to your post above, but I got so heated that I used a couple “rough” words, and the site is looking it over before allowing it to go through. — But just in case it doesn’t go through… you people don’t seem to possess the ability to utilize REASON. Not only is my IQ about 144, but my level of common sense and reasoning capacity is through the fricken roof. And I understand psychology and philosophy somethin’ WICKED. (little Maine ‘humah’ there)(pronounced like lobstah) I don’t allow any pre-conceived notions to cloud my vision, and I welcome foreign/ diverse ideas. I often DESTROY “scientists” theories that they incessantly, erroneously tell us are now a brand new “fact”. I think like our founding fathers, and they were a HUGE group of mega-geniuses, who you and your ilk cannot even begin to fathom. And I’m sorry. I don’t mean to be cruel. But the truth isn’t always (or often) kind. But anyway… here’s a great quote for you zipperheads:
            “I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.” – Benjamin Franklin
            Here’s another:
            “Give a man a fish and he will feed his family for a day. TEACH a man to fish and he will feed his family for a lifetime.” — Unless he’s a liberal. He may just refuse to do the work be-e-e-e-ecause…. the liberal scumbag deceiving masters have created a loop-hole/ a scheme/ a belief system… that the lazy dude can say; “but there is a reason why I CAN’T!!!!!” And the nanny state is there to hold my hand/ GIVE ME STUFF!!!

          • Anonymous

            And you are humble to a fault, but you’re working on that.

          • Trigger

            Wow MikeinMaine is a very lonely old man with a very small penis. at least he loves himself….the troll

          • bynbel

            The road to Hell is paved with good intensions. Sometimes clichés really say it all. I think it is a question of honesty. The Democrats say the things people want to hear, but lie all the time. They are really not concerned about the poor, about healthcare, about “justice.” They are all about selling dreams to get votes and getting control of peoples’ lives. We have to get term limits in Congress. So many people there today are so corrupt and the elections that put them there so rigged. We are in big trouble in this country if we don’t take the country out of the hands of the criminals in power today (on both sides of the aisle.)

          • S. Randall

            The entire point of having a two party system is so that good ideas can be tempered with financial reasoning. And the stagnation of conservative behavior can be prevented by progressive programs. As an example, I’m a fan of a better pay system. Minimum wage is not a living wage. But raising the minimum wage isn’t necessarily the answer. If that happens, the company just charges more for goods and services, and nothing really changes. If we restrict maximum wage to be a function of the average employee wage, employee wages should increase on average, giving more people more buying power, and spreading the wealth around more, while still allowing people to ‘reach for the stars’ as it were. But it prevents people from doing that by building a company off the broken backs of people you’re not even paying a living wage. In any company, the continued success is a result of the management’s vision, and the hard work, day in day out, of the grunts in the trenches.

          • Candy Kriegel

            Thank you for what you said about minimum wage! One of my friends is overjoyed that Seattle’s minimum wage is $15/hour, but he didn’t understand when I tried to tell him that $15/hour isn’t a solution, it’s a symptom of a deeper problem.

          • Anonymous

            And he won’t understand when he: a. gets in a higher tax bracket or b. gets laid off.

          • MizDi

            Seattle’s minimum wage is $15/hr? And they have no concept that the poverty line just raised, do they?

          • Anonymous

            The minimum wage fundamentally changes the free market into government regulation hell.

          • bynbel

            Jobs that pay minimum wage are usually entry level positions. They are not meant to be careers. Low skilled workers who do not advance beyond the entry level are not helped by getting paid more for doing the same job. The answer here is to train low income earners with skills that will lift their incomes, and not create complacency with menial jobs. Raising the minimum wage will cause some people to earn a few dollars more at the expense of others that will lose their jobs. Business owners cannot pay workers more than they are worth. Business people are in business to make money, not to provide social welfare.

          • Virginia Watkins

            Did you know that middle and upper mgmt are salaried employees. They get no overtime when working 80, 90 or 100 hour weeks. When regulatory boards do inspections, mgmt is responsible for all of the inspections/audits. When things aren’t meeting acceptable parameters, it’s mgmt that gets fired. When financial goals aren’t being met, it’s mgmt that gets fired.

          • disqus_v3SHzvCspj

            Are you seriously suggesting that ‘we restrict maximum wages to be a function…..’ Just who the hell is going to have the power to restrict what I can earn? Not in this country. It’s bad enough when the chief executive starts ‘spreading it around’ which in his lexicon means everyone’s equally poor. Raising minimum wage means rushing to automate your job so they don’t have to pay you at all. Enjoy the vacation, fool.

          • Anonymous

            Corruption in its pure form is quid pro quo for money or power or promise of wealth. Both parties are corrupt.

          • Anonymous

            Well now it’s all going to be evened out…Common Core will make them ALL stupid.

          • KYKNOC

            Liberalism was invented by the zionists to create disorder from which they can buy the hurting remnants. Its only genius when looked at as a weapon.

          • KYKNOC

            (Source) Learned Protocols, a book which zionists deny is legitimate.. pretty funny that almost everything in it has come true in the last 120 years since its been written.

          • KYKNOC

            . Liberalism produced Constitutional States, which took the
            place of what was the only safeguard of the GOYIM, namely,
            Despotism; and A CONSTITUTION, AS YOU WELL KNOW, IS NOTHING ELSE BUT
            A SCHOOL OF DISCORDS, misunderstandings, quarrels, disagreements,
            fruitless party agitations, party whims—in a word, a school of
            everything that serves to destroy the personality of State activity.
            THE TRIBUNE OF THE “TALKERIES” HAS, NO LESS EFFECTIVELY
            THAN THE PRESS, CONDEMNED THE RULERS TO INACTIVITY AND IMPOTENCE,
            and thereby rendered them useless and superfluous, for which reason
            indeed they have been in many countries deposed. THEN IT WAS THAT THE
            ERA OF REPUBLICS BECOME POSSIBLE OF REALIZATION; AND THEN IT WAS
            THAT WE REPLACED THE RULER BY A CARICATURE OF A GOVERNMENT—BY A
            PRESIDENT, TAKEN FROM THE MOB, FROM THE MIDST OF OUR PUPPET
            CREATURES, OR SLAVES. This was the foundation of the mine which
            we have laid under the GOY people, I should rather say, under the
            GOY peoples.

        • Vivian Avato

          Thank you. You’re one of the few voices of reason/sanity that I’ve seen on this website.

        • Karen Ingraham

          Any time we are at each others’ throats the politicians love it. It takes the spotlight off of them and all of their shady doings. The citizens of this country need to stop bickering among ourselves and present a united front to the criminals..I mean politicians in charge. WE the People are supposed to be the ones in charge, instead most of us let them manipulate us unto turning on each other to keep the focus off of them.

      • Anonymous

        I suspect Maine’s most ardent “Conservative” (perhaps..umm.. YOU) voted for Obama, continues to praise his “work”, and can’t wait to enjoy 8 years of Hillary.

      • Anonymous

        Grew up on LI but had an aunt who had a log cabin in the woods between Bangor and brewer (Dedham?) and went there for vacations as a child-had a lake club membership, played with the local kids who thought we spoke funny, and otherwise loved it..

        Don’t let the Massholes ruin it!

      • MizDi

        Same here. Oregon used to be a Republican state until the Great Californication started back in the 70s. Now the bigger cities (Portland, Eugene, Bend, Salem) are full of libs and the farmers and ranchers in the more rural portions of the state have their votes cancelled out by the libiots in the major cities. And the lib cancer is spreading.

        And the CA libs keep coming up here and drive up the housing prices, too. What would’ve been the price for a mansion 30 years ago is now the price for a fixer-upper.

      • Anonymous

        Maine is beautiful!

      • Grand_Old_Partier

        There are more states in the Northeast than Maine so calm down, Trigger. No need to name call one of our own.

      • disqus_v3SHzvCspj

        My only recollection of Maine was flying in and out of Bangor going to London. It looked cold, wet and woodsey, with a smattering of rusty junk cars here and there. Not bad, but I must remember that Maine like Georgia, Maryland etc. goes back about 400 years. Out here we get all nostalgic over a century-old house.

      • Nina Dean

        Thank you for reminding me of the Mainers I knew when my husband was stationed there in Winter Harbor. Everyone not from Maine were stupid flatlanders.

    • Emily Savannah Chambers

      It is people like you that should not have as big an audience as you inevitably will from terrible comments such as this… Being gay or lesbian might be against your Bible, but it is GOD’S place to judge, not yours. Get off your high horse and practice some Godly humility… How would you feel if Texas people said OK’s are not welcome here. We lynch Oklahomans and sooners fans ON SIGHT! How would you feel about that? SO many people who think and probably act just like you do, never put your feet in the shoes of the people you hate on so violently. It is because of people like you that American is no longer the greatest place to be in the world…

      • Huskergram

        Have you ever heard of a joke? I mean, do you seriously think they hang homosexuals and liberals on sight? Geez!

      • Linda Prince Johnson

        Actually God teaches us in the bible to teach those in error using his word which is clearly against homosexuality. The bible says only that IF you judge you will also be judged by the same standards you are using against others. Please don’t quote the bible unless you really know what it says. Read it for yourself instead of just repeating what you hear.

        • Emily Savannah Chambers

          There’s a difference between teaching and hating. And I do read the Word of God mam. I have a Bible sitting right next to me and I read it before bed and after waking up every morning.

          • Anonymous

            Sharing the truth is not hating…

          • Emily Savannah Chambers

            VERY true. But hating on the LGBT community by saying “Oh they shouldn’t be able to use this restroom because despite having NO proof that trans peoples are sexual predators, we’re going to label them that and then say the “moral compass” of this nation has shifted.” morals are relative. Also, I’m tired of being labeled a sexual predator because I simply want to use the women’s restroom without fear of being arrested because of something you can’t even see… I’m tired of trans people being significantly more likely to commit suicide because they’re so afraid of the worst most horrible crappy life because of “religious” people… You know what? I’m tired of religious people telling others they have to live the way their book says. No one tells religious people that they have to live the way other people do because they say should, It’s easy to advocate for denying someone else’s rights when you’re not worried about your own. What would you say if Christianity were suddenly made illegal in this country? Think about it.

          • Anonymous

            “more likely to commit suicide because they’re so afraid of the worst most horrible crappy life because of “religious” people”
            THIS is complete BS!! It us up to YOU to allow or not what other people think to affect YOU!!!! That is a sellout excuse!!

            “No one tells religious people that they have to live the way other people do because they say should”
            WHAAAAAT??? What freakin’ PLANET have you been living on the last 20 years???? We conservatives and religious folks (though I am NOT a religious person at all) have been ridiculed and attacked like CRAZY for not thinking like liberals (or gays) do!!!

            “It’s easy to advocate for denying someone else’s rights”
            NO-ONE I’ve heard of has tried to deny you people’s rights!! But they HAVE tried to keep the radical libs from giving you SPECIAL rights!! Most everyone I know has NOTHING against you having civil unions and EVERY SINGLE right that the rest of us have, but they believe that MATRIMONY is a pact between a man and a woman – JUST LIKE the pope just said YESTERDAY!!! It IS a religious institution, whether you like it or not!! Marriage is for people who PROCREATE!!! You don’t!!

            We haven’t made being gay illegal, you silly!! You shoot yourself in the foot on every argument you raise!!

          • Guest

            No but you vote to to bar gays from enjoying marriage, which by the way predates organized religion, under the constitution which explicitly outlines freedom of religion or more to the point freedom from religion….an argument completely based on YOUR religious beliefs and wonder why people feel slighted. Probably because they walked out there door and somebody said “hey you, you there, no marriage for you, because this book I read says so”….

          • Anonymous

            I am actually not worried about the transgender people using the restroom. I am more worried about the creeps who claim transgender in order to use the restroom. How do you know the difference?

          • Anonymous

            Maybe we just need some little pictures…you know, one with a stick on the front & one without. I guess since women don’t wear dresses much anymore, so they don’t remember what it means! I don’t think we need little boys in girls’ bathrooms and showers until they’ve had their little boy parts REMOVED!

          • Emily Savannah Chambers

            Well, since you put your concern so nicely I guess I’ll share a few opinions on the matter. You should also know I’m nicer in response to this concern than most trans folks, mostly because I understand that without a context, and without information, your concern in your heart is completely legitimate, and that is perfectly okay :)

            SO. If you think about it, if someone wants to commit a crime, they usually will right? I don’t think a sexual predator/creep/whatever,whoever, will go to the financial and logistical hardship of dressing in clothes of the opposite binary gender (male instead of female vice versa), put on makeup that hides a shadow, and take all that time to pass as a female, male, whatever, just to creep, when all that time spent is time they could be “creeping”. Also, we must remember that bad things happen in this world and we can’t prevent every bad thing from occurring. Not that we shouldn’t TRY to prevent it at least some of the time.

          • Anonymous

            If you are not Christian than you don’t see that our country is moving toward the expression of those beliefs being illegal or at the very least severely curtailed. Already you can hear people saying things like “well, it’s ok for you to believe but keep it in your home”.I’ve been told to leave my beliefs at the door at work. Business owners are being fined and shut down because of their beliefs. If you are tired of being treated a certain way because you are, likewise if you identify as a certain way, so do I. It’s a part of who I am and I can in no way “leave it at home”.

          • Emily Savannah Chambers

            Well I see how you would be worried. I think that just because it’s something you believe doesn’t mean that, and not to say that you do, I’d be a fool to make that assumption, you don’t have to share it, not that you shouldn’t, but from a business standpoint, business is all that matters.

          • Emily Savannah Chambers

            And at least you understand that who I am is not necessarily “leave it at home” I’m just trying to be. Oh and this kind of conversation is what is going to keep this country alive and well.

          • Anonymous

            And there’s a difference from turning the other cheek and **returning hatred**. And:
            “It is because of people like you that American is no longer the greatest place to be in the world…” was an awfully JUDGMENTAL and NASTY, oponionated reply.

          • Emily Savannah Chambers

            It was. Perhaps I should not have made it to you directly, but the words you shared. Perhaps we can all admit tempers can flare easily in this world.

          • Anonymous

            What? You were replying to another person, not me. I just butted in. 😉

          • Anonymous

            Maybe that’s your problem! I’m kidding. Kinda. I was raised in a Christian home and extended family, but was agnostic for most of my life. But I couldn’t deny that perfection in nature is totally IMPOSSIBLE from some silly explosion. And evolution is complete HOGWASH. I am a bit of a philosopher – I didn’t say a great one… but I believe that i can blow that THEORY right out of the water EASILY in numerous ways. So… I believe in God, but more like the way George Burns put it in the movie “Oh, God”. I’m not so “down with” religious people.

          • Linda Prince Johnson

            Now all you have to do is read the relevant parts and obey them and you will be fine. I didn’t make the rules, God did. He expects us to obey him even if it’s not what we would personally prefer to do.

        • Anonymous

          Agreed… We are called to judge the actions of fellow Christians… We are told to discern everything and we are to gently correct and rebuke… Something you cannot do if you do not judge the action. That is a very different issue than judging the heart of someone, which we cannot do. We are also told not to judge HYPOCRITICALLY… Do not judge someone for something you yourself are doing.

        • Anonymous

          For the tenth time; homosexuality is an orientation, sodomy is a behavior and sinful according to scripture.

    • Bfolk

      Its kinda funny to hear that Californians “aren’t welcome” in your state considering you have Ronald Reagan, one of our former governors, set as your picture. Maybe go to school every once in a while. You might learn something

      • Anonymous

        What’s even FUNNIER is all the Californians who bash flyover country, delcaring they’d never live there on a dare, getting all butthurt at finding out they’re not welcome!

    • KYKNOC

      what about people putting satanic statues at the capital building?

    • Grand_Old_Partier

      I agree—we may be one of the most conservative states, there are still too many loud-mouth liberals here as it is.

  • Francie

    As a resident of Maryland since 2000, I fully concur with the above. We are being taxed TO DEATH from all angles.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve lived in six different states, ok, co, ar, oh, va and tx and i can tell you that this all depends on who you ask. For instance, in Oklahoma, the state where I was born and raised, most people are pretty pleased with being there, but its a very homogeneous group of people. Anyone who doesn’t fit in very well tends to move away quickly when they get a chance. The same is true of Arkansas. If I was a pickup driving, machismo dude, who loved to hunt, listen to country music, watch college football and eat greasy food I would love it here because everyone here is the same way. By contrast, some place like Colorado, specifically Denver, you can be all these aforementioned things too, but if you don’t like this style of living there are you can just as easily be a downtown hipster, a suburban power mommy, a health nut marathon runner, a granola snacking nature lover or any number of carious cultural subgroups. This is true though of many large cities, Dallas was a pretty cool place, except for the heat of course.

  • jannzter

    I don’t see any comment about California. No one ever Wants to Leave California. Rather we would like a whole lot of other people to leave. Our weather and our Beauty is our draw. If only we could become a Red State again.

    • Anonymous

      After 25 years in CA (the first 10 being decent), I left. Couldn’t stand the politics, the hypocrisy, the pretentiousness, the cost of living, and the tax and spend mentality that the VOTERS THEMSELVES were in favor of.

    • Anonymous

      I left–40 years ago! The coming destruction was all too obvious. Just think–CA used to be the first to recover after recessions. Now, it’s a basket case. Too bad for CA and too bad for US.

  • highlatte

    For me the only surprise is Maine. Only because it’s so damn cold for so long.

    • Candy Kriegel

      The better to snuggle up with a good book or a loved one, my dear! 😉

      • Anonymous

        By the fireplace. mmmm! Yummy. 😉

      • highlatte

        Oh Candy, I did all that most of my life. Don’t miss it very often. Living in Southern Utah for almost two years now. The heat is terrible in the summer and the winters are moderate with some cold days. Less than two hours from snow and winter sports. Have been to Maine; beautiful state and much to do, approaching my senior years I just don’t want to drive on snow and ice any longer.

    • Anonymous

      You get used to ANYTHING. People get used to INCREDIBLE heat as well, no???? My best friend is moving back from Georgia next week. Once you live here, you think it’s only “cold” from mid-to-late November to early-to-mid-March. Maine has almost ZERO worries of natural disaster, and TEN TIMES the beauty of any other state. Check out why we are called “Vacationland”. It’s why so many movie-stars and other rich people have homes – especially – on our vast coastline. Boating, camping, hunting, fishing, skiing (both kinds), snowboarding, snowmobiling, dirt-bikin’ and four-wheelin’ is fabulous here. Maine has a 98% white population… perhaps because minorities don’t like hockey?? hehe.

      • highlatte

        Hi Mike, I’m originally from Michigan, I know cold. Now that I’m well into my middle-aged years, yikes, I don’t appreciate that cold, snow, and winter wonderland sports the way I use to. Living in Utah last year and a half. In the desert and less than two hours from snow and skiing; the best of both worlds. I do wish I could afford a second home or long vacation to get away from the high temps in the summer. No paradise in this life for me but I’m content. Visited Maine many years ago; beautiful and so much to do. Hockey? Lordy me my hubby was very upset the Wings didn’t make it this year. lol nope, minorities don’t seem to care for hockey, saw very few at the Wings games. Hope to converse again.

  • Pat Patterson

    I left Illinois in 1983 and never looked back. Moved to Texas as fast as I could in 1991 after traveling around the world for Uncle Sam and will never move again.

  • Kelly Furrows

    I’m surprised no one wants to leave Montana. I live next door in Idaho and I’m ready to get the hell out of here.

  • http://www.truth.org D>R>

    We need a North California and South California. All libs go north and those who don’t like to wok.

    • Anonymous

      Libs go north? LA has most of them. Northern Cal has mostly conservatives.

  • wisdomcries

    Central Pennsylvania is wonderful country but it’s sandwiched inbetween 2 armpit cities…actually Pittsburgh isn’t that bad even though it is liberal, working liberals I guess is the difference :)

    In Central Pa the city idiots would move there and then complain about the cows and the smell and actually tried to outlaw it…Stupid city people, leave your ways where you left and leave us alone.

  • John Smith

    No shockers here. No one wants to leave Hawaii and Texas rednecks love being Texas rednecks.

  • Anonymous

    I was born in Los Angeles CA and left there because the wages are poor and the cost of living is high with burdensome taxation and regulation. I moved to Las Vegas NV where I have been able to get a decent paying job and affordable living but that is starting to change. People are leaving here because we have the second highest rate of unemployment in the country. Also, CA liberals are moving here and poisoning our political situation.

  • CD Jorgensen

    Statistics are generally not useful for drawing conclusions. They are only useful for showing the questions to ask. While there does seem to be some correlation between how progressive a state is and how much people want to leave, one cannot conclude anything just from that. It could simply be that liberals are more adventurous, or less likely to be content in one place. It could also be any number of social or geographic factors that influence both facts. So now the question to ask is “why?” instead of jumping straight to the presumed “because”.

  • Robert Brownlee

    I don’t know who was polled or how many, but here in my state( Mississippi ). I’ve been all over the state and country (coast to coast truck driver)there are very few who want to leave. Before making these claims people want to move, investigate the who’s, how’s and why’s. At one time I listened to the Glenn Beck radio program all the time. But things as this, not verifying facts. I’m loosing respect for the program and the views of the staff.

    • Anonymous

      Click the in the article. It brings you to a Gallup poll. All Beck is doing is citing the information from said poll.

  • Sara Reeves

    I love living in Montana and would never leave. Unless the progressive cancer infiltrates us any more than it already has….then I’d consider a deserted island somewhere.

  • Shawn Cameron

    It would be nice if they’d used something with a little more contrast instead of different shades of green. Georgia doesn’t look much different than Illinois.

  • Bob Clussman

    Why is Georgia listed as above average,and yet they not even listed in the top 25 states?

  • Jason Lewis

    Texas boy here requesting only Republcians move here. We like our state red. If you think blue works stay in California or wherever you are.

    • Donotask

      California red boy here who would love to head to Texas, but it seems you have similar problems controlling your border. Your Texas Uni also has a course titled ‘White Genocide’….doesn’t sound very PC to me. I like that you push to secede though. I think in the end, that will be the answer for all the states if they wish to preserve anything they value.

  • Bob Frapples

    @1:20 Actually, South Dakota doesn’t have any oil. The guy is thinking of North Dakota.

    And, the Badlands are south of I-90. You really don’t need to drive through them to get to Mt. Rushmore. (They are picturesque. I guess it’s a matter of perspective.)

  • Gina David

    I live in Flint, MI, Need I say more?!

  • Sol Rosenberg

    I left CA to live in NV, much happier.

    • Donotask

      Really? Wondering where in Nevada, because all I can think of is Las Vegas and that is not desirable. :)

  • Thinker

    I bet if they got rid of Dingy Harry in Nevada a lot of them would change their minds about leaving.

    • Eduardo Blanco

      Agree, if we could get rid of Cuomo I might consider staying in NY. Otherwise I am out of here.

  • Sam Ricketts

    This poll is moronic. Around 600 people move to Phoenix Metro every day. Does everyone who moves to AZ want to leave after they arrive? LMAO!

  • Anonymous

    Yea they always want to move, then they want to change it into the place they just left. For example Miami the northern most part of our southern state of FL! Need I say more?

  • Billy Bob

    Instead of moving or wanting to move, why don’t they stay home and clean up their own back yard. Then there would be no real reason to move except for warmer weather. You created the political cesspools you live in and now you want to export it to those states that aren’t cesspools.

    • Donotask

      I think that is the entire government agenda, sadly. Which is why it is really no longer for the people or by the people. It serves foreigner’s interests over the citizens.

  • NotJudging

    description in the article is mostly contradictory to map data

  • Dale Fiant

    I’d love to move to Texas!!!:;*))… love the State and very friendly!:;:*)).. And especially their Conservative gun Laws like my State of Florida

    • Donotask

      They have trouble with border control, same as California just so you know.

  • sexxiigringo27

    I am definitely part of the 49% of Connecticut residents!

  • Kevin Brouillette

    I live in a small town in southern Il, nearest to St Louis. I dont want to move, most of us wish the northern 1/4 of the state (sh*tcago) would secede and quit trashing the entire state with their mismanagement and corruption! !

    • Donotask

      What does Chicago, Detroit, California, and New York all have in common I wonder? A disappearance of a certain group of people that seemingly the progressives would like to see vanish all together by the politics they push. What will America do when it just turns into one big Chicago….

  • Anonymous

    I would be out of Massachusetts, (that is the Communist Peoples Republic of Massachusetts) in a heart beat if I could get the wife to move! Would go to either Oklahoma or Texas where- Freedom & Liberty are much more respected than in Massachusetts!

  • Juan Fiol

    Mexico welcomes only foreigners who will be useful to Mexican society:

    Foreigners are admitted into Mexico “according to their possibilities of contributing to national progress.” (Article 32)

    Immigration officials must “ensure” that “immigrants will be useful elements for the country and that they have the necessary funds for their sustenance” and for their dependents. (Article 34)

    Foreigners may be barred from the country if their presence upsets “the equilibrium of the national demographics,” when foreigners are deemed detrimental to “economic or national interests,” when they do not behave like good citizens in their own country, when they have broken Mexican laws, and when “they are not found to be physically or mentally healthy.” (Article 37)

    The Secretary of Governance may “suspend or prohibit the admission of foreigners when he determines it to be in the national interest.” (Article 38)

    Mexican authorities must keep track of every single person in the country:

    Federal, local and municipal police must cooperate with federal immigration authorities upon request, i.e., to assist in the arrests of illegal immigrants. (Article 73)

    A National Population Registry keeps track of “every single individual who comprises the population of the country,” and verifies each individual’s identity. (Articles 85 and 86)

    A national Catalog of Foreigners tracks foreign tourists and immigrants (Article 87), and assigns each individual with a unique tracking number (Article 91).

    Foreigners with fake papers, or who enter the country under false pretenses, may be imprisoned:

    Foreigners with fake immigration papers may be fined or imprisoned. (Article 116)

    Foreigners who sign government documents “with a signature that is false or different from that which he normally uses” are subject to fine and imprisonment. (Article 116)

    Foreigners who fail to obey the rules will be fined, deported, and/or imprisoned as felons:

    Foreigners who fail to obey a deportation order are to be punished. (Article 117)

    Foreigners who are deported from Mexico and attempt to re-enter the country without authorization can be imprisoned for up to 10 years. (Article 118)

    Foreigners who violate the terms of their visa may be sentenced to up to six years in prison (Articles 119, 120 and 121). Foreigners who misrepresent the terms of their visa while in Mexico — such as working with out a permit — can also be imprisoned.

    Under Mexican law, illegal immigration is a felony. The General Law on Population says,

    “A penalty of up to two years in prison and a fine of three hundred to five thousand pesos will be imposed on the foreigner who enters the country illegally.” (Article 123)

    Foreigners with legal immigration problems may be deported from Mexico instead of being imprisoned. (Article 125)

    Foreigners who “attempt against national sovereignty or security” will be deported. (Article 126)

    Mexicans who help illegal aliens enter the country are themselves considered criminals under the law:

    A Mexican who marries a foreigner with the sole objective of helping the foreigner live in the country is subject to up to five years in prison. (Article 127)

    Shipping and airline companies that bring undocumented foreigners into Mexico will be fined. (Article 132)

  • Abimael Chavez-Hernandez

    i think this is a delicious piece of bread with cream cheese and orange marmalade

  • Elizabeth C. Huntsman

    As a native Oregonian, we know we have troubles. The sign-up process for ACA underscores this. But we live in a beautiful place with beautiful people. What’s not to love? It’s why we get tense when out-of-staters move and and want change. We are fine with change but no one here wants to change to California.

    • Donotask

      Sadly you are on your way it seems. As a native Californian looking to escape the mess progressive liberal ideologies have made of this state (it resembles a 3rd world pit in many areas), I wouldn’t consider Oregon because it’s sadly heading down the same path. Is it because many Californians moved there? Who’s to say, Most of my friends are conservative, even my gay doctor. Frustrating days in America.

  • B-Funk

    Oregon is very progressive. They just can’t do much with it because the population is so spread out… mostly. Their problem is that the entire state is pretty much governed by one county in progressive Portland.

    • Donotask

      The progressive movement there has ruined that state.

  • Anonymous

    Beck claims most of the states people want to stay in are “free”. I’m not sure what he means by free, but 6 out of the top 10 states people want to stay in are blue.

  • Vivian Avato

    Does the “desire to move to a different state” criterium also include the desire to move to another country?
    Because as a Montanan, I desire to deport.

  • Luke Barber

    I live in Connecticut at the moment and am champing at the bit to move back to New Jersey (It’s my home state, after all, and somebody’s gotta stick around and fix the mess the liberals have made once they’ve all fled)

  • Andrew Hilliard

    Being from northern Michigan, I say move and do it soon. If all these folks leave then there is more for those who appreciate what Michigan is. Move now!

  • Bubba Guthery

    BUT YOU CAN NOT TAKE GUNS INTO MEXICO-AND YOU ARE DEAD MEAT THERE WITHOUT A GUN

  • Raz Matazz

    At the end of the proverbial day, preserving liberty is up to each of us: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0094KY878

  • Lancey

    Most of the money going into the blue states coffers come from the Universities and schools, not from industries. Most of the heavy industry is going little by little and now a torrent to the southern and red states.

  • Anonymous

    Nothing can compare to Texas! Our economy is excellent. Our people are beyond compare. Scenery is this side of heaven.

    (Don’t let the “DisgustedinTexas” fool y’all. That refers to our current administration in DC! :)

    • Donotask

      California boy here who would love to head to Texas, but it seems you have similar problems controlling your border. Your Texas Uni also has a course titled ‘White Genocide’….doesn’t sound very PC to me. I like that you push to secede because our gov is corrupting. I think in the end, that will be the answer for all the states (IF things don’t get better) if they wish to preserve anything they value. We formed the central gov, and we will have to dismantle it as well. Outside of military, education, and retirement we really don’t need it for much else imo. It’s spiraling out of control.

  • Matt

    I’m in Michigan and feel that it is hell without heat. Save yourself people, stay away. One million people ( who left in 10 years ) can’t be wrong. Cold weather, crap roads, red neck right wing politics.

    Amen.

    • Donotask

      Right wing politics are the fastest growing throughout America, Europe, Australia, and Canada. Just food for thought.

  • Brendan

    Oregon is a nice balance between conservative and liberal…I say this as a moderate. (Who, on a scale of 0 being bat-crap Liberal, and 10 being completely moderate (and 20 being bat-crap conservative), I’m about a 9. Portland, certainly does rank at -5 on that scale, but I’d rather a -5 , than a 15…
    Oregon’s a pretty tolerable state: Weed is only a civil offense, nakedness isn’t against state law, open-carry and Concealed carry are allowed, and we have NO gun registry in this state, and we’re about to have SSM and we allow defense of your home and property.
    What’s more important: No SSM or the ability to not be judged by 12 for a burglar being carried by 6?
    Best thing about this? There are things for both con and libs to love about this state. That’s why we don’t want to leave. Either of us.

  • Chuck1965

    “Amazing” that Illinois is the top state, especially if you paint the erroneous picture of the state that Pat Quinn’s ads do.

  • Brett Benson

    I live in Democrat-Occupied IL. I will leave in a second given the right opportunity.

  • Karlec

    Interesting.. Illinois, the top one… Hmmmm.. Why is that? Bad leadership? Gun control? What ?

    • Brett Benson

      DEMOCRATS, LIBS AND PROGRESSIVES.. They occupy the place and have the same purpose as locusts eat everything and leave nothing behind.

  • Leon Kennedy Seymour

    i call bs on the maine one

  • the ‘liberal rater’

    Yeah better get out now before Sen Chuckie Schumer and Sen Dickie Durbin build their walls to keep taxpayers from escaping. They will follow the Berlin wall model with armed machine gun nests. lol

  • Linda Hutcheson

    The only thing keeping most of us in Illinois is family. Maybe that will change a little in November if folks vote Right!

  • MistaB

    Connecticut sucks!

  • Luke

    Maine, a free state? You’ve gotta be kidding.

  • Robert Brownlee

    If people want to leave my home state GO LEAVE get the HELL OUT. Most likely it’s the welfare grabbers anyway. Our State welfare system has actually lower the welfare benefits. In a process to get people off of welfare.

  • Connie Inzero

    I live in CT couldn’t agree more with this poll, state gov’t is making it too expensive for middle class to survive here, it’s despicable. Glenn was right when he got out of here!

  • Red Ryder

    Why anyone would want to live in Texas is beyond me. We lived in Montana most of our lives but recently moved to Utah. Enuff said. We would move back to Montana in a heartbeat ….. Utah is weird. Run by the Mormon church and if you aren’t Mormon, you are treated like a second class citizen.

  • Mark Coulombe

    Maine has a big touch of the Progressive. Portland, ME is horribly liberal. Pot is legal to consume anywhere in city limits.

  • BeaveVillage

    And yet, Maine keeps voting for Obama and the Democrats. Wake up nor’easters!

  • Roger Mitchke

    Maybe we can get some King Carlos (Made up name) cell phones, scream racism and get Welfare. We need to find a Mexican version of Al Sharpton so he can play the race card for us since we’ll be the minority down there. I LOVE the idea….LOL

  • norm

    Oregon would be the perfect state if we could just convince Portland to secede.

  • Kelly Brand-Skewes

    I live in Illinois and yes, I want to move!!!

  • confused

    If you want to move, MOVE! What is wrong with people??? Basking in your own self-conflicted misery. Funniest story I’ve read all day, typical Americans.

  • Mark Kling

    I’m living in Thailand. Even under martial law; it is still a lot more relaxing than the police states in the US. They may carry M-16s, but at least they aren’t trailer park roid heads.

  • Abigsoxfan

    I live in Illinois. I am moving out within two years. This state is screwed due to decades of terrible liberal policies and I’m not waiting to see how it turns out.

  • Nan

    This is an inaccurate or misleading map. Native Southerners rarely want to leave their state but in the past 15 or 20 years, so many Yankees have moved South and talk about being unhappy all the time (so go back home – duh!) they are probably the ones who make the map appear that Southerners, South Carolinians in particular, want to move. When you live in Paradise, why leave??

  • seanmahair

    Exactly what they need in Mexico an influx of democracy minded, self supporting, hard working, educated people who won’t put up with miscreants, criminals and smelly stinky drug addicted ne’er do wells. Villages would all of a sudden be missing their pimps, drug lords and village idiots. I think this idea has merit.

  • http://www.spambotsecurity.com/ Zaphod

    If it weren’t for the nasty winters in Wyoming, she’d be so pale as to be white. But God made Wyoming to test the faithful (Just ask the Martin Handcart Company). If you can deal with the harshness, you are rewarded with God’s beauty, bountiful freedom, and minimal governmental interference. I shall not move away from her, I’d rather die staying, if that be the price.

  • Haywoode Jeblomie

    Just move the commie liberals to Siberia where they belong, and problem solved. Americans can be happy with America again.

  • Katherine Alley Demmons

    I live in Maine. And we are in no way a free state. It is incredibly liberal here.

  • Melissa Schemmel

    Cripes, why go to Mexico…you can suck off the Canadian teat and they’ll pay for your education too while supporting your entire family, providing food and shelter along with with spending money and FREE healthcare! As the Mexicans invade the US, the US can invade Canada…where the Canadians will go is anyone’s guess!

  • Thomas S

    My wife and I both have the kinds of jobs where we could live anywhere in the United States, the world for that matter. We both chose to live in Florida. My wife about 25 years ago, myself about 36 years ago. We own the land in two other states, Colorado and South Carolina, nice places to visit but we wouldn’t want to live there. I can usually hear people complain about Florida. I point out that I-95 goes both ways. one of the things about this country that makes it great is it snowing is forced to live anywhere, if you don’t like where you live leave, vote with your feet.

  • danske

    Illinois: The black heart of America. Wait, where is Obama from? Oh, and news says that he and his family plan to move to California or Hawaii after his term in 2016.