From The Department of Not Very Surprising

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In a poll released Tuesday by the Public Policy Polling, California was the least popular state in the United States. Only 27 percent of Americans hold a favorable view of the Golden State compared to the 44 percent who view it unfavorably.

The gap of 17 points puts California far behind Illinois (19 favorable, 29 not) and New Jersey (25 favorable, 32 not) as the least liked state in America.


Worse than New Jersey? That hurts.

And further from the Not Very Shocking Files:

Democrats love California; Republicans can’t stand it. The opposite is true of Texas.


Yeah, yeah. Sometimes I still can’t believe I live here either. Though I have to say that most people’s opinions of California are formed by what they see on TV, and most notably what they see on TV related to Los Angeles.

There’s an awful lot going on here you don’t see on reality TV. Just sayin’







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  • Anji

    Thanks to my longest standing friend who is Californian, I know that California is very diversified, the Redwoods in Eureka (where it rains a lot), there are mountains, desert and ocean. How’s that for being well educated? All I have to do now is visit…
    (She might even have sent me a similar postcard in the past)

    Read and be read ExposeYourBlog!

  • Beth

    I love Northern California. Two of my sisters used to live in Berkeley; now one lives in Wilton and one in Sebastopol. I went to Los Angeles a few years ago and did not like it AT ALL.

  • Frank Conway

    You know, it was hard to reckon with but after being in all the lower 48 multiple times, traveling around the US actually go to be kind of mundane, but I still get a little thrill when I get a load for California, and this despite the cops there being the gestapo of all cops when it comes to how they treat truck drivers. It’s like Anji says, the diversocity of it all, but Beth, there is a rhythm to Los Angeles, according to the relentless traffic. It ebbs and flows like the tide, back and forth, back and forth, but just off the expressway, just off the boulevard, there are little eddies and islets and shade trees and sweet flowering bushes and wet burritos and people who ask you questions and wait for the answer and music flowing through the canyons on the sea breeze.

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