A Third of Americans Would Leave America

Only .001% actually did in 2014
By Brownie Marie,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2015 12:54 PM CDT
An American flag is shown. Would you rather wave another one?   (Don Campbell/The Herald-Palladium via AP)

(Newser) – Land of the free ... to move to another country? A recent poll of 2,000 adults concluded that 35% of Americans would consider quitting the US and living abroad. That number jumps to 55% in the 18 to 34 demographic, per the poll by Transferwise, a UK-based money transfer service. But maybe we're a little more patriotic than that: When asked the same question, with "within the next five years" tacked on, the overall percentage drops to 14%. (One caveat: These percentages include both Americans born here and abroad.) So how many people make good on the inclination? Only .001% of the country—3,415 people—actually gave up citizenship last year, reports CNBC.

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