Study: Third of Americans thinking about leaving country to live abroad

Study: Third of Americans thinking about leaving country to live abroad
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[Ed. – If their hope is to find a country that is freer or takes better care of its citizens, they’re in for a rude awakening.]

A third of natural-born Americans are thinking about packing up and living elsewhere — outside the United States — but it may not be for the reason you think, a new study finds.

Researchers from the University of Kent in the United Kingdom and Tufts University in the U.S. say that the most popular reason (87.4 percent) to give life a shot in another country is the simple desire to explore the world. Surprisingly, whether a person identifies as liberal or conservative politically had no correlation to their hopes of moving overseas.

“While one might think that ideological orientation plays a role, at least in this pre-Trump survey, we found out that it did not, at least not directly,” says Dr. Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels, of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies, in a release.

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Yet while politics didn’t have a direct link, the authors found that those who didn’t feel very strongly about their national identity were also more likely to leave.

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