Poll: Three-quarters of all Americans would prefer to live anywhere but a big city

Just 21% of respondents said they want to live in a major urban area

Updated: August 7, 2020 - 1:50pm

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An overwhelming majority of Americans would prefer to live anywhere but a big city, according to a new Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen

A total of 73% of poll respondents said they would prefer to live in either a suburban area or a rural setting, rather than a large city or urban area. Only one out of every five Americans – 21% – said they would like to live in a city. Just 5% said they were "not sure" which they would prefer.

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Just the News Poll, Where would you prefer to live?
Just the News Daily Poll
With Scott Rasmussen

 

The number of respondents in favor of suburban and rural living follows several months of sustained and often violent social justice protests in dense city centers. New York, the country's most densely populated city, was among the hardest hit by the coronavirus at the start of the pandemic. 

The national survey of 1,200 registered voters was conducted Jul. 30 – Aug. 1, 2020 by Rasmussen, a polling veteran. The margin of sampling error is +/- 2.8% for full sample. 

To see the full demographic cross-tabulations for this polling question, click here.

To see the methodology and sample demographics for this polling question, click here. 

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