It turns out that Trump Derangement Syndrome has increased the number of people who desire to leave the United States in pursuit of greener pastures in places like Canada.
According to a recent Gallup Poll, a full 16% of Americans want to leave the United States for good, which matches the numbers from 2017. What’s significant about the numbers is how much they sharply contrast with the number of Americans who wished to leave during the George W. Bush (11%) or Barack Obama administrations (10%). While Gallup did not inquire upon people’s political leanings when taking the poll, desire to leave was strongest among women and young Americans.
“During the first two years of the Trump administration, a record-high one in five U.S. women (20%) said they would like to move to another country permanently if they could,” reports Gallup. “This is twice the average for women during the Obama (10%) or Bush years (11%) and almost twice the level among men (13%) under Trump. Before the Trump years, there was no difference between men’s and women’s desires to move.”
Obviously, none of this has to do with any of President Trump’s policies, because contrary to the fantastical ruminations of feminists, women do not live in “The Handmaid’s Tail” under this current administration. So if women are so triggered by President Trump that they want to leave, it seemingly has everything to do with his character and rhetoric.
After years of remaining flat, the number of Americans — particularly young women — who desire to leave the U.S. permanently is on the rise. This increase is concerning, but none of this suggests that the U.S. is going to suddenly see a mass migration in which it could lose as many as 40% of its young women.
However, the “Trump effect” on Americans’ desire to migrate is a new manifestation of the increasing political polarization in the U.S. Before Trump took office, Americans’ approval or disapproval of the president was not a push factor in their desire to migrate.
For younger Americans under 30, the 30% who wish to leave also represents a significant uptick over earlier years, with 40% of women younger than 30 saying they would like to leave versus 20% of men in the same age group. After age 50, the gap narrows and eventually disappears.
Poorer Americans also desire to migrate at higher levels (20%), more than twice the percentage than during Obama’s term. “So far under Trump, three in 10 Americans (30%) in the poorest 20% say they would like to migrate if they could, compared with an average of 13% under Obama,” reports Gallup.
The desired country to migrate to: Canada. Among those who wish to leave, 26% said they preferred Canada versus any other country, up from 12% in 2016. The Gallup poll, however, was careful to note that desire to leave is not the same thing as intending to leave, as evidenced by the rather small amount of Americans who have actually immigrated to Canada during the Trump presidency.