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Americans lei it on: Hawaii is the most popular state in the union


Photo: Gary Kewley Windward side with Kona Winds.

Alternatively, the majority of Americans have a pronounced dislike of California, according to a survey released today.

So much for California dreaming. We have been declared by far the most popular state among Americans, while California – California! The Golden State! – ranks dead last, according to a new poll.

Over 3000 were surveyed for their impressions of each state over a four-month period dating back to October 2011.

The results show that 54% of voters see Hawaii positively and only 10% negatively, with Colorado in second place with 44% viewing the Centennial State favourably; a paltry 9% were unimpressed.

California props up the other end of the table, with 44% disapproving of the state and 27% in favour, while Illinois is the second most unpopular state, with 29% viewing it negatively and 19% viewing it positively.

"Americans generally have a favorable view of most states," PPP note, with "only five" in negative territory.

As well as California and Illinois, New Jersey (25-32), Mississippi (22-28), and Utah (24-27) all fall foul of the American public. From PPP:

Women have a higher opinion of New York by 27 points more than men, Massachusetts by 22 points, Delaware and California by 16, New Hampshire by 15, Vermont and Illinois by 13, and Connecticut by 11, while men see North Dakota more favorably by 17 points, South Carolina by 15, Wyoming 14, Montana 13, and Iowa and South Dakota 10.

Democrats' favorite states include Hawaii, Massachusetts, Oregon, Washington, Vermont, Colorado, and New York, and their least favorites are led by Texas, Alabama, and Mississippi. Republicans love Alaska and Texas, and absolutely hate California, followed distantly by Illinois and Massachusetts. So the greatest partisan gap is for California, which Democrats like 91 points more than Republicans do, followed by Texas, which is favored more by Republicans by 82 points.

Black voters dislike 10 of the 14 Southern states.

 

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