According to a new Gallup poll, Americans aren’t all that happy, and they’ve even got slightly worse in 2013.
But there were a few states that ranked the most miserable in the nation, and no almost no one’s surprise (at least to AATTP-ers), the top-ten most miserable states are mostly red states.
Here’s how the rankings broke down:
- West Virginia
Markos Moulitsas of the Daily Kos fleshed out the findings nicely for us:
[box type=”shadow”]In any case, for those keeping score at home, that’s nine red states and just one blue state. And that’s not a coincidence. Also not a coincidence: Those are southern states. In fact, regionalism seems to correlate strongly on this list. I took the states ranked 1-25 on the list and colored them green, while those in the lower half red. This is what it looks like:
If we push out to #34 on the list, then Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico and Wyoming are green and all remaining red is to the east. Any thoughts why? It goes beyond mere partisanship (North and South Dakota top the list because their energy boom means lots of good-paying jobs). But aside from upper New England, New Jersey and the DC area, the further west you go, the happier, healthier and more optimistic people are.[/box]