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Illinois voters divided over whether they like to leave the state or stay

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CARBONDALE, IL -

A new poll shows that almost 50% of Illinois registered voters would like to leave the state.

That's according to the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Their poll asked "would you like to move to another state or would you rather remain in your current state?".

47% of respondents said they would like to move, while 51% said they prefer to stay. Just under 2% said they didn't know.

Taxes were the biggest reason why people wanted to leave. 27% cited taxes as motive to move, 16% said weather, 15% said government, and 13% said jobs and education.

“There are lots of reasons why people want to leave,” said David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. “Not much can be done about the weather but policy makers can do something about perceptions of the quality of services, tax competitiveness, tax fairness and educational and job opportunities.”

The poll also found that a majority of Illinois voters believe the state is heading in the wrong direction. 84% of voters saying the state was heading in the wrong direction, while just 10% said it was on the right track.

One thousand registered voters took part in the poll. You can see the full results below.

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