Out here on the so-called ‘Left Coast,’ life is about the same as anywhere else, but it’s CALIFORNIA.
And according to a new poll, most of US peoples hate us:
Only five are in negative territory, led by California (27% favorable and 44% unfavorable), Illinois (19-29), New Jersey (25-32), Mississippi (22-28), and Utah (24-27). Only seven other states have net-positive ratings in the single digits, and another breaks even (Louisiana).
Black voters dislike 10 of the 14 Southern states.
(Illustration found here).
One could fairly-well understand why African-Americans dislike the south — Duh!
But hating us Cali-fornies?
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
â€œIâ€™m actually quite surprised California fared so poorly,â€ said Albert M. Camarillo, a professor of history at Stanford University.
â€œI think the national public knows of our difficult budget situation, our higher than average unemployment rate, the still very expensive housing market.â€
The â€œLeft Coastâ€ is distinct in another way — more people have an opinion about California than any other state — only 28 percent of respondents couldnâ€™t decide whether they liked the state or not.
â€œNo one knows anything about Delaware.
No one has a clue about Wyoming — but everyone knows California,â€ said Dowell Myers, a professor of policy planning and demography at the University of Southern California.
â€œIts visibility is really high.â€
Thereâ€™s some good news for California — at least if youâ€™re a female Democrat.
Women were less likely than men to rate California as unfavorable, and there was a massive partisan gap. Democrats love California; Republicans canâ€™t stand it.
The opposite is true of Texas.
â€œIâ€™m sure that for a lot of purple America the extra red Texas and blue California may seem a little far out there,â€ said Roger Salazar, a political consultant in California.
But whatever the reason, most Californians took the news that their state was the least popular in stride.
â€œTheyâ€™re just jealous,â€ Salazar said.
Not so much jealousy, as ‘the dream.’
Prior to moving out here in the early 1980s, California was the ultimate destination for all the pleasures of modern life — “Californy is the place you ought to be” So they loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly. Hills, that is. Swimmin pools, movie stars.
What a rack of shit that…
Life out here was just as bad as anywhere else, and there was way-way-more poor people than swimmin’ pools.
The biggest asset for here was for the most part was the ‘live-let-live’ attitude of most people — a much-refreshing change from Alabama.
George Carlin’s own personal view:
â€œCalifornia is a small woman saying, ‘Fuck me.’
New York is a large man saying, ‘Fuck you!â€
Have a good weekend no matter where you be.