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Nationwide poll: Democrats hate Texas; Republicans love it

Democrats vote for Texas as their least state; among Republicans, it's No. 2 on the most-liked list.
Democrats vote for Texas as their least state; among Republicans, it's No. 2 on the most-liked list.
Barbara Bush Foundation

Americans’ verdict on the Lone Star State is in, and it’s sharply split along party lines. Democrats hate Texas but Republicans love it, according to a poll of American voters.

Texas led the list of Democrats’ least favorite states, with 51 percent offering an unfavorable opinion of the Lone Star State and only 17 percent expressing a favorable opinion, according to the poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling of Raleigh, N.C. The remaining 32 percent were undecided. Hawaii snagged the top spot for Democrats.

Meanwhile, only Alaska outranked Texas among Republicans’ most loved states. Among all GOP voters, 66 percent had a favorable view of Texas, with just 9 percent sharing an unfavorable opinion. Twenty-five percent of Republican voters were undecided. Republicans’ most hated state? California.

Texas’ standing among Republicans and Democrats shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. After all, every statewide officeholder in Texas is a Republican, and GOP lawmakers control both the state Senate and state House. President Obama, a Democrat, carried only 11 of Texas’ 32 congressional districts in the 2008 general election.

Among American voters of all political persuasions – Democrat, Republican, independent and other – 40 percent viewed Texas favorably and 31 percent unfavorably, according to the poll. Twenty-nine percent of voters were on the fence.

In the poll, California topped the list of least liked states among all voters. Forty-four percent had an unfavorable view of the Golden State and 27 percent had a favorable view. Meanwhile, Hawaii garnered the most praise; 54 percent of voters loved it and just 10 percent hated it.

The poll of 1,200 American voters was conducted in 2011 and 2012.


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