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US States Ranked from Best to Worst

A poll of 1,211 US adults was conducted by YouGov. The participants were instructed to choose which of two states is the better state, with seven matchups per participant. The results were ranked by which states were selected the highest percentage of the time. Whether the results reflect experience or reputation is up in the air, as we don't know whether the participants travel extensively or not. Read more about the survey at YouGov. -via Fark


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Typical flawed poll, too small a sample and unknown range of participants.Reminds me of a newspaper poll on politics, with the paper owned by a right wing businessman, the reporter rang 100 people in a wealthy suburb and called his results telling of what the populace was thinking.Critical thinking is needed always, I learnt that at a Catholic school where they told me Jesus flew through the air in a vessel 33 cubits long.Show me the flight plan.
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There's some interesting things you can notice about this ranking. Take #1 for example, Hawaii. You know where most americans don't live? Hawaii. But it is a place where people vacation. What that says to me is, people have positive impressions about Hawaii because they're not there all the time. In fact, I've known people who lived there, but then moved and did not stay. (and that person said the Night Life is not good) I'm not saying it's a bad state or anything - just how people are using specific context to say how great it is. Me being from Louisiana, I think its understandable for it to be right in the middle. The food here is pretty insane (you pretty much have every ethnicity and it's all good). But Louisiana can be a little "backwards" and "behind the times" on social issues and technology. Of course that depends who you are. Louisiana in the middle seems about right. Another thing I wanted to comment on is Alabama. I feel like there's a specific bias at play here. I've spent time in Alabama many times, and I can tell you the people are incredibly nice. Another thing is that it's pretty much paradise for anyone who enjoys fishing, camping - anything rural. Sure, the places I stayed had terrible internet. And where my grandparents lived - fedex couldn't even find their house. But as far as piece of mind - probably the least stressful place I've ever been. Just endless , serene landscapes far as the eye can see. Anyway..
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