Public Policy Polling’s recent survey of 1,200 Americans’ attitudes toward the 50 states uncovered some surprising losers. But first, America’s favorite states:
Hawaii came out on top, with 54% of survey respondents saying they liked the state and only 10% disliking it. The tropical getaway was followed by Colorado, Tennessee, South Dakota and Virginia on the most-popular list.
The results also showed differing opinions based on gender. Women tend to think more highly of New York and Massachusetts, while men have higher opinions of the Dakotas, South Carolina, Wyoming, Montana and Iowa.
And of course, political lines drove the strongest opinions. According to the survey, Democrats tend to favor Hawaii, Washington and Oregon while ranking Alabama, Texas and Mississippi the lowest. Meanwhile, Republicans seem to be most smitten with Alaska and Texas, and “absolutely hate” California and Illinois.
Click through to see the biggest losers (and what we think are their redeeming qualities).