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Michigan’s Not the Worst in the Best State Poll, but It’s Far From the Top

Just 28 percent of Michiganders said their state is the best or one of the best states to live in.

Despite its breathtaking scenery, only 28 percent of residents think Michigan is the best or one of the best states to live in, according to a Gallup Polll. (Patch file photo)
Despite its breathtaking scenery, only 28 percent of residents think Michigan is the best or one of the best states to live in, according to a Gallup Polll. (Patch file photo)

The majority of Michiganders aren’t thrilled about The Mitten, according to a new Gallup poll.

Just 28 percent said Michigan is the best or one of the best states to live in – the same sentiment expressed by residents of New Mexico and New Jersey. Just more than a quarter of residents of Louisiana (27 percent) and Mississippi (26 percent) also felt good about their place of residence.

But Michiganders are not as depressed about where they live as Rhode Islanders are about living in their state (16 percent) or residents of Illinois (19 percent).

Though 9 percent of Michigan residents think it's the worst place to live, 5 percent said it's the best possible place to live.

"Residents with the most pride in their state as a place to live generally boast a greater standard of living, higher trust in state government, and less resentment toward the amount they pay in state taxes," the poll found.

The poll was conducted from June through December of 2013 and included interviews with at least 600 residents in every state. The results were released Thursday.

Montana and Alaska (77 percent each) were tied for having the highest percentage of respondents who said their state is the best or one of the best state to live in. New Hampshire was ranked No. 7 at 67 percent.

View the full poll

This all raises the question:

  • Do you agree or disagree with the poll results? Share your opinion in the comments.
Cathedral April 28, 2014 at 07:56 AM
GAYS DON'T HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE MARRIED IN THE STATE OF MICHIGAN BECAUSE WE PASSED AN UNCONSITUTIONAL LAW.....(currently being challenged at a higher court)......IGNORED BY THE GOVERNOR AND AG SHUTE (an advocate AG NO different than liberals)......THAT SAME GOVERNOR, THE AG AND THE WHITE WING WEE WEE WEPUKEPLICANS DECIDED TO IGNORE THE EM LAW THAT WAS PASSED BY THE SAME ELECTORATE.......LETS IGNORE THE ELECTORATE ON ONE HAND BUT NOT ON THE OTHER..... MICHIGAN..........THEY SAY OBAMA AND HOLDER ARE CROOKED.....IF SO, THE NERD I and HIS MINION NERD II (SHUTE) ARE THEN NO DIFFERENT
TAASMAN April 28, 2014 at 09:27 AM
Politics and Religion, the only two items the patch can get any traction on. It is such a shame this country must stoop to the level it does on social media.
Joseph Borrajo April 28, 2014 at 08:06 PM
Michigan's road to education is pocked marked with pot holes that reflect a poor guidance from the state's full time legislative body. P3
Denise Nash April 28, 2014 at 08:29 PM
@Taasman - you forgot racial issues. OMG, people say such horrible things. :-(
Tamara April 29, 2014 at 02:25 AM
"Residents with the most pride in their state as a place to live generally boast a greater standard of living, higher trust in state government, and less resentment toward the amount they pay in state taxes," the poll found. *******Yep - that pretty much nails it in terms of why MI rates so low... ************And - if Joseph is referring to Common Core which Snyder and team have sneaked in on us - I agree. We need to abolish it NOW - but they don't care to listen to the citizens all over MI (and country) that are outraged by it.

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