Regardless of who wins, most wouldn't emigrate because of 2016 election

April 14, 2016, 5:34 PM GMT+0

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton top the list of candidates that have Americans searching for the exit

In the aftermath of George W. Bush's re-election in 2004, the Canadian government said that the number of Americans searching information on Canadian immigration laws increased nearly sixfold. Since then the threat of 'moving to Canada' has become a widespread joke, but even if they didn't leave for political reasons many Americans have actually packed up and left the country. The State Department estimates that 8.7 million Americans, not including those who are stationed with the military, live abroad.

Research from YouGov shows that Donald Trump (27%) and Hillary Clinton (24%) are the candidates most likely to make Americans say that they would consider leaving the country. John Kasich is the least offensive candidate, with only 12% of Americans saying they'd consider emigration should he become President. Bernie Sanders (18%) and Ted Cruz (20%) fall in the middle.

Opinions are strongest about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. The highest figure any candidate gets is Donald Trump, as 40% of Democrats say that they would consider emigration should he win. For Hillary Clinton 26% of Republicans (and 31% of independents) say that her victory would have them considering leaving, too.

Aside from politics, 36% of Americans say that they have considered leaving the United States to live in a different country. Under-30s (45%) are the most likely to have considered it while over-65s (24%) are the most likely to say that they've never wondered about moving somewhere else.

Full poll results can be found here and topline results and margin of error here.

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