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Hawaii has 'favorite state' status

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A lone sailboat sails offshore Magic Island next to Ala Moana Beach Park fronting the orange glow during sunset in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 4, 2012. UPI/Cory Lum | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/b83948c9a5be6ea2f2b4c0b61e965eca/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
A lone sailboat sails offshore Magic Island next to Ala Moana Beach Park fronting the orange glow during sunset in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 4, 2012. UPI/Cory Lum | License Photo

RALEIGH, N.C., Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Americans love Hawaii, even those who have never been there, a poll indicates.

Asking voters their impressions of each of the 50 states in a survey begun in October, Public Policy Polling announced Tuesday the state with the most favorable image is Hawaii, followed by Colorado, Tennessee and South Dakota. California came in last on the list.

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Respondents were asked for a simple positive or negative impression of each state, the difference, or "margin" used for ranking. Hawaii's 54 percent favorable and 10 percent unfavorable resulted in a margin of 44, for first place. Colorado's was 35, and Tennessee and South Dakota had 34.

Five states were in negative territory, led by California with -17, Illinois with -10, New Jersey's -7, Mississippi's -6 and Utah's -3.

The polling also indicated Democrats' favorites are Hawaii, Washington and Massachusetts, with Texas and Alabama at the bottom of their lists. Republicans like Alaska and Texas, and gave California a -56 rating. Black voters gave negative numbers to 10 of the 14 southern states, with North Carolina their second favorite overall, behind Hawaii.

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