California Love? Apparently Not

California was voted the most hated state, according to a recent poll by Public Policy Polling.

Apparently most of America disagree with Tupac and Dr. Dre's love for California.

Despite most Fair Oaksians having a pretty high opinion of their home, it would go against a recent poll by Public Policy Polling. The Golden State ranked below all 50 states. Here’s a bit from the Huffington Post

Only five states in the country were in the negative territory, including Utah (24 percent of people polled found the state favorable and 27 percent found it unfavorable), Mississippi (22-28), New Jersey (25-32), Illinois (19-29) and California with a whopping 44 percent of those polled viewing the state unfavorably. Only 27 percent of those polled viewed California favorably, and 29 percent had no opinion. (See all of the results here.)

What do you think of the poll results? Are these folks just jealous? Or is there a legitimate reason to hate on our state? Let us know in the comments section below.

BrendanM February 25, 2012 at 08:13 AM
Jealous? Doubt it. Hawaii received a very favorable review and their prized features are similar to California. As a state, if you take away the nice weather and landscape, you have: one of the highest overall tax burdens including the highest on average sales tax and second highest business tax, the most regulations of any state which mixed with the taxes make California the absolute most undfriendly state for businesses, longer commutes due to high traffic, higher crime rates, Stockton, high foreclosure rate, less affordable home prices, more superficiality, the leader in nanny-statism, smog, Stockton, one of the highest unemployment rates, a constant budget crisis, low ranking public education, oh, and Stockton. Other than all of that, CA is a state that is very progressive; change may be good to you, but a lot of people don't like it, especially when some of that change is seen as immoral or supporting bad behavior. Ask cops, CA is a hug-a-thug state. However, I do think is has more to do with this: the stereotypes. They all seem to be supported by The Hills and The Kardashians; the popular shows likely leave people with an impression of what people in California are like. New Jersey scored low; that state has a very high tax burden and, well, Jersey Shore. I've heard that people in other states don't like people from CA moving to their state. We tend to have a holier-than-you attitude and try to change things to be more Californian...plus we surf all day.
Carol Gallagher February 25, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Good. So now everyone will stay away.
Maryanna February 26, 2012 at 02:25 AM
I think it is a mix. For some it might be jealousy but for most it is the politics of the state, the cost of living, the ridiculous high taxes, they have laws and regulations for everything. It is a nanny state the politicians in Sacramento are out of control. Somebody please help my California.
Bob February 27, 2012 at 08:40 PM
california is probably disliked because most of my friends who live outside of California say californians are easy to spot by their bad behavior and hollier than though atttiude as if coming from california was something special. In congress we control the future of many votes due to our large population and that irritates many people. In reality we live in a welfare state that is over restrictive on honest citizens while allowing criminals to go out of control. We tell parents how to raise kids, have lousy schools, are nearly bankrupt, have more publized police abuse than other states, reject local control and allow corrupt politicians in the state capitol to dictate our every breath. The sad part is we don't see it but everyone else does and it is reflected in the voting. Time to wake up and clean up our state by starting with local elections and moving upward kicking everyone out. No more retirement for any politician.


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