What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think about New Jersey? For most Americans, it’s nothing pleasant. According to a new poll from YouGov, New Jersey is the only state Americans tend to have an unfavorable opinion about.
The survey found 40 percent of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of New Jersey while 30 percent have a favorable opinion of the Garden State. The most popular state is, perhaps unsurprisingly, Hawaii, which boasted a 67 percent favorability rating — only 11 percent of respondents had an unfavorable opinion.
So why is New Jersey so disliked? While it could be its reputation for producing "Jersey Shore" reality TV cast members and "Sopranos" mob villains, YouGov offered this explanation:
“People in New Jersey are unusually likely to take a hard-nosed attitude towards life.
“They are unusually likely to say that they ‘seek out challenging situations’ and that they are willing to sacrifice their leisure time in order to get ahead in their career. Life isn’t all challenge and work in New Jersey, however, as they’re also unusually likely compared to Americans in the rest of the country to say that they enjoying going out drinking in bars.”
It remains to be seen if New Jersey’s lack of popularity will have any impact on Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential run. Even a majority of locals don’t want Christie in power. According to a recent poll conducted by Monmouth University, 56 percent of New Jerseyans think their governor has abandoned the state and that he should resign, Politico reported.
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