A stunning 1-in-4 Illinois residents told pollsters this is the worst state in which to live in the entire nation. Rhode Island came in a distant 2nd at 17%. Most states were in the single digits.
Illinois was also the only state in the survey where residents reporting it was the 'Best Place or One of the Best Places to Live In' (19%) were fewer than those saying it is the worst (25%).
The finding was so stunning, Gallup felt the need to focus on some possible reasons why.
"Throughout its history," Gallup said in an accompanying report to the poll, "Illinois has been rocked by high-profile scandals, investigations, and resignations from Chicago to Springfield and elsewhere throughout the state. Such scandals may explain why Illinois residents have the least trust in their state government (http://www.gallup.com/poll/168251/illinois-residents-least-trusting-state-government.aspx) across all 50 states. Additionally, they are among the most resentful about the amount they pay in state taxes (http://www.gallup.com/poll/168419/new-york-tri-state-region-gripes-state-taxes.aspx). These factors may contribute to an overall low morale for the state's residents."
Wisconsin fared far better, with on 2% saying it was the worst state to live in.
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