According to a 2018 Gallup poll, 16% of Americans said they want to leave the United States permanently. Not surprisingly, you can guess who most of these borderless, loyalty-deficient Americans are.
National Review reports that “Those who said they wanted to leave the U.S. tended to be members of groups that lean Democratic, such as women, youth, and low-income people.” Indeed, 20% of women told Gallup they want to live permanently in another country, compared to just 13% of men; 30% of Americans aged 15 to 29 want to move.
So, young radical feminists, why don’t you put your money where your poll is? I’d wager less than 1% of those who indicated they want to leave will actually do so.
The most generous argument, of course, is that relocating to another country is expensive and a lengthy process (the result of properly enforcing a nation’s immigration laws). Also, American citizenship is, despite cheapening from birth-right citizenship and massive immigration, a golden ticket, one that people are willing to move across oceans and deserts to gain.
The real reason is that no person with a shred of common sense would ever give up the sweet bennies and lavish standard of living the United States provides, or at least not for merely political reasons. Remember all those progressive celebrities who vowed hollowly to leave the country should Trump win? Why is Lena Dunham still here?
What this polling boils down to, then, is a reverse of the “Trump Effect” from 2016 presidential polls. A major, compelling theory for why those polls were so wrong is that Trump voters were afraid or embarrassed to tell a pollster they intended to vote for Donald Trump.
In the case of this Gallup poll, the opposite is occurring: progressives are eager to virtual-signal their disdain for their country and president; thus, the inflated numbers.
Let’s put this out there for consideration: the government could purchase cheap plane tickets for anyone who wants to relocate. I’m sure Justin Trudeau will take in these “refugees.” This policy, while initially expensive, would drain off some of America’s Leftists (they’d find plenty of jobs in Canada’s multicultural, social justice bureaucracy), and would be almost as beneficial as erecting the border wall. Leftists would love getting free, permanent travel to another land, with the added benefit of feeling cool and sophisticated.