A new poll by Public Policy Polling has voted Illinois as the nation's second least favorite state in the union. In the poll of 3,300 resgistered voters between October 2011 and February 2012, 29 percent of respondents said they viewed Illinois in a negative light, while only 19 percent said they viewed the state favorably.
Another 52 percent said they weren't sure how they felt about the state. Republicans had the least favorable view of the state between the two major parties, with 44 percent saying they viewed the state negatively, while only 14 percent of Democrats felt the same way. Women were easier on the state than men, with 23 percent of women reporting to view the state negatively, compared to 37 percent of men.
"We didn't ask why, but it's got to be partly the president and partly because it's a blue state, the Chicago-style politics and (people) make it out to be a hellhole of corruption," Dustin Ingalls, of Public Policy Polling, told the Chicago Tribune.
"Unless they've personally visited the states, they're going to go with their personal political evaluations based on the news and the movies."
California led the pack as the least favorite state in the nation, with New Jersey, Mississippi, and Utah following behind Illinois to make up the five least favorite states in the nation, according to the poll.