These are the people in our surveys who answered the question, “Are you planning to relocate to another nation for more than two years for reasons other than the requirements of the military, the government, or your job?” by responding, “Yes, I plan to relocate outside the US.”
They had six answers to choose from that involved overseas activity, either relocation or purchase of a property, and they chose the most positive one for their answer. The full six answers are found at The Question, the Answers, and the Reasons Why…, the introductory essay at this site.
1.4%, the figure shown for this response in 2007, was the average for this response of all seven of our surveys from 2005 to 2007. When we found that it had fallen sharply to a record low of .8% in March of 2009, we were not surprised. The gravity of the financial crisis was well-understood by then and just to add to the anguish of the time, the Dow Jones Industrial average fell below 6,700. Americans saw both their homes and their stocks drop in value like the proverbial rock.
When I first received the results of the March 2011 survey and saw the 2.5% result, it took a moment for it to sink in. This was triple the 2009 result and far higher than any earlier result. It translates into nearly 3,000,000 households, more than 6,000,000 Americans. It was a complete surprise, but that is the reason we poll. If you want to present a statistic, it has to be one drawn from a valid survey, not from the back of your mind.
Surprise or not, it is this survey’s message, one that led to this website and to the other commentaries here as we look into the details beyind the reality.