- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 7, 2021

The nation’s heartland appears to have much appeal to many Americans at the moment. A new Gallup poll reveals that half of Americans — 48% — now say they would prefer to live in a rural area or a small town, rather than a city or suburbs.

Republicans prefer life in the country more than anyone else in the nation. Two thirds — 66% — said this was their dream lifestyle, up 13 percentage points since Gallup conducted a similar poll two years ago.

The rural, small town urge is not so prevalent among Democrats. A third of Democrats — 33% — prefer this life, along with 47% of independents.

“Current attitudes are similar to those recorded in October 2001,” wrote Gallup analyst Lydia Saad.

The survey, she said, was conducted “during a time of great national upheaval — shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when the public was still on edge about the potential for more terrorism occurring in densely populated areas.”

In that poll, 47% of the respondents said they would like to move to a small town or rural area. Meanwhile, here’s what else the current survey found:

• 48% of U.S. adults say they wold prefer to live in a rural area or town, given a choice; 66% of Republicans, 47% of independents and 33% of Democrats agree; and 52% of men and 44% of women also agree.

• 27% overall would choose a “big or small” city; 17% of Republicans, 27% of independents and 31% of Democrats agree; and 24% of men and 26% of women also agree.

• 25% overall would choose the suburbs of a big or small city; 17% of Republicans, 27% of independents and 36% of Democrats agree; and 24% of men and 29% of women also agree.

Source: A Gallup poll of 1,018 U.S. adults conducted Dec. 1-17, 2020, and released Jan. 5. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

• Jennifer Harper can be reached at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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