Gallup Poll: Connecticut Ranks Among Bottom 10 As 'Best States To Live In'

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Less than a third of Connecticut residents think the Nutmeg State is among the best states to live -- and 17-percent say it's the worst.
Less than a third of Connecticut residents think the Nutmeg State is among the best states to live -- and 17-percent say it's the worst. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Not many Nutmeggers think Connecticut is a great place to live, if a new Gallup Poll is to be believed.

Only 31 percent of Connecticut residents surveyed view the state as the best or one of the best states in the country to live in. That put Connecticut in the bottom 10 of the poll in which residents responded positively to their state.

In addition, 17 percent of Connecticut residents polled said the Nutmeg State is the worst possible state to live in the United States. That was tied for the second-highest percentage of responders; Rhode Island came in with the worst score.

Gallup also recently released a poll saying that 49 percent of Connecticut residents want to leave the state -- the second-highest response in that poll.

Results for this Gallup Poll are based on telephone interviews conducted June to December 2013, with a random sample of 600 adults per state, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states, according to Gallup.

Montana and Alaska residents responded the most positively to their state, with 77 percent of adults polled in each state saying that their state is the best or among the best in the country to live in.

Texas had the highest percentage of responders who think that their state is the absolute best state to live in with 68 percent loving the Lone Star State.

Rhode Island had the lowest amount of positive responders, with only 18 percent of residents saying that the state is the best or among the best in the U.S.

Residents of Western and Midwestern states generally responded more positively about their states as places to live. With the exception of the New England states of New Hampshire and Vermont, all of the top 10 rated states are west of the Mississippi River.

Click here to see the full Gallup Poll results.

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Rick "Serial Killer" Perry: Killing Kids, Innocents, Blacks for Being Black, and the Mentally Ill

Republican presidential candidate and Texas governor Rick Perry likes killing all kinds of people — kid people, innocent people, black people, mentally ill people, and just plain people people. It really doesn't matter to him.

The Kids: Napoleon Beazley was a 17 year old honor student, football star, and senior class president with no criminal record. In 1994 while trying to steal a car, he shot and killed a man. During his sentencing hearing in Smith County, the District Attorney from the youngster's Houston County community asked the jury for life instead of death. Even the trial judge later asked Perry to commute the death sentence. But his reply was hell no — kill 'em all! Napoleon was executed on May 28, 2002. Three years later, the conservative U.S. Supreme Court in Roper v. Simmons banned the death penalty for juveniles as "cruel and unusual punishment" in violation of the Eighth Amendment.

The Innocents: Cameron Todd Williams was convicted of the 1991 arson death of his three young daughters. But Dr. Gerald Hurst, a nationally renowned arson expert and Cambridge University chemistry professor whose findings have judicially cleared about a dozen condemned prisoners nationwide, submitted an official report to Perry's Board of Pardons and Parole (BPP) — which votes to approve or deny death sentence commutations — indicating that the prosecutor's fire investigation was woefully flawed and that there was no proof of arson. Another expert, Louisiana Fire Chief Kendall Ryland who also reviewed the entire case file, agreed. In 2005, the Texas Forensic Science Commission (FSC) was established to address this kind of tragic error. But just two days before the FSC was to hold a 2009 hearing on Hurst's scathing report, Perry abruptly replaced three members and canceled the hearing. Finally, in 2011, the FSC recommended more education and more training for fire investigators. A lot good that did for Williams. He was already dead, having been executed on February 17, 2004.

During the September 7 Republican presidential debate and in connection with the 234 executions he approved, Perry was asked "Have you struggled to sleep at night with the idea that any one of those might be innocent?" He said "No" because he had determined that the process is mistake-proof. Does he expect us to believe that every single one of those 234 during his eleven year reign had perfect investigations, perfect arrests, perfect hearings, perfect trials, perfect sentencings, and perfect appeals regardless of income, race, or gender? Is he aware that 273 American citizens have been exonerated throughout the country since DNA testing has been available (and that 166 of them are black)? The Lone Star State has killed more people, 473 to be exact, than any other state since executions were made legal again in 1976. That's more than half the executions in the entire country and more than four times the number in Virginia, the second best governmental killing machine with a mere 109.

The Blacks For Being Black: Duane Buck was sentenced to death in 1997 for the 1995 murder of his ex-girlfriend. When questioned by prosecutor Joan Huffman during Buck's sentencing hearing, Dr. Walter Quijano, who is the former chief psychologist of the Texas Department of Corrections, responded "Yes" to the question whether "the race factor, black, increases... future dangerousness..." Yep. He sure did. And he did so without even cracking a racist smile. Texas Attorney General at the time and current Republican U.S. Senator John Cornyn — a Perry ally — stated in his 2000 report that six cases have been so racially polluted by Quijano that Perry should schedule new sentencing hearings for each. In fact, federal courts have done just that in the five other cases. Even one of the trial prosecutors wants a new hearing because, in her words, "Race should never be put in front of a jury in any case, particularly a death penalty case." But Buck will die very soon if Perry's appointed BPP rejects the clemency request. By the way, if Buck is eventually slated for death, he'll be offered the proverbial "last meal." I'm sure Perry will attend along with the man who he stated in 1991 he would, if he ever could, have as a "fantasy dinner guest." That man is Robert E. Lee — secessionist, traitor, and, oh yeah, slave-owner.

The Mentally Ill — In June of 2002, Perry vetoed a ban on the execution of mentally ill inmates, contending that "This legislation is not about whether to execute mentally retarded murderers. It's about who determines whether a defendant is mentally retarded in the Texas justice system." And because he, like former Governor George W. Bush is "the Decider," every inmate in Texas is determined to be Albert Einstein — like Walter Bell who killed two persons in 1974 and who a six-member team of state-employed mental health professionals along with a prison psychiatrist concluded was "mentally retarded." Despite prosecutors' repeated arguments throughout the decades, Bell was released from death row after a state judge in 2004, adhering to the U.S. Supreme Court's 2002 Atkins v. Virginia decision declaring the death penalty for such persons to be "cruel and unusual punishment," ruled that Bell fit the guidelines for "mental retardation." But Perry and his gang of state-sanctioned killers, I mean death penalty prosecutors, already knew that. It didn't take about 30 years of Bell deteriorating on death row for them to realize that. They were well aware that his I.Q. was in the mid 50s and that the threshold for "mental retardation" is 70. By the way, as uncovered by the Death Penalty Information Center, approximately 7 percent of the state's "Dead Men and Women Walking" have I.Q.s less than 70. That's about 25 of the nearly 350 on death row. What about the severely mentally ill Kelsey Patterson? After murdering two women in 1992 for no reason whatsoever, he wandered the streets dressed only in socks. A diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, Patterson had been ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial on other charges. Even the BPP had voted 5-1 to commute his death sentence. But, alas, Perry once again replied hell no — kill 'em all! Patterson was executed on May 18, 2004.

Perry kills people who have already been captured and who have already been shackled in jail for life, but he claims to be an evangelical Christian. Yeah, that makes sense. And I'm quite sure that Jesus would do the very same thing

Very informative post.. What a horrid thing Rick Perry is.

Maybe you forgot that the past 2 governors were Republicans . So in other words the right wing kooks ruined CT. Thankfully Governor Malloy is repairing the damage they have done.

Yes Elizabeth Rick Perry is a typical evil right wing wacko.

Governor Malloy inherited a mess from past Republican Governors. In much the same way as President Obama inherited a disaster from the Republican Bush. Governor Malloy has done a remarkable job digging us out of the mess created by the Republicans Rell and Rowland

Fancy that RED states win again.

All of the top 10 rated states are west of the Mississippi River.

The right wingers are known for destruction... They destroyed ct and the country... Thankfully the Democrats are repairing the Republicans destruction.

The progressives are wining FOUL and the people are leaving along with business. CT has been under liberal control for years and now the results are not disputable. Even college graduates from CT schools are bailing out with the educations we tax payers pay for. Sorry libs your policies STINK!!

People that lack the education to get a good job are the ones leaving. They should stop blaming others for being a failure. Plenty of educated are moving into CT.

I couldn't agree more with the results of this recent poll.

It's just so boring. Lots of educated people in CT are just bored to tears. Nothing interesting here.

Its funny to see people trying to deny this poll, when in fact its how many people that live here feel.

Most of the 10 poorest states in the country are Republican.

Mississippi is the poorest... followed by Arkansas, Tennessee, West Virginia, Louisiana, Montana, South Carolina, Kentucky, Alabama and North Carolina.

And the list doesn't even include Texas, where Rick Perry is governor and one in five people lives in poverty.

Texas....the state where everyone from CA and the Northeast flock to in order to get away from the liberal disasters their states have become. Latest business to abandon silly liberals .... Toyota. Im not sure how you can argue with actual statistics.

As John real said
And the list doesn't even include Texas, where Rick Perry is governor and one in five people lives in poverty.
Those are the TRUE statistics.
Also it is a FACT that Rick Perry is considered the worst Governor in the country.

It will get worse in the states you list and many others as the minimum wage increases force employers to fire staff or raise prices that will then burden already stressed consumers. However, compare our standard of living for those in poverty to the standard of living of the truly impoverished in Africa, Asia and South America. We are much better off, as a nation, than anyone else. That will come to a horrific end when oil is no longer priced in dollars and when our debt is due. What would make anyone believe we can continue to print money to buy imports and not pay the debt?

That link is from a far right wing site with zero credibility

Facts are facts. The link is to a center right site. Left of center all the way to the occupy lefties won't report on it simply because it refutes their intolerant agenda. Transparent denial is laughable.

Our community is overwhelming Republican, and the taxes are very high (prospective buyers and real estate agents are always commenting on them). Many homes have higher taxes now than during the boom years, yet their properties are worth much less.

This is all due to past Republican Governors of CT..Thankfully Governor Malloy continues to repair the damage .

wilselliott - I think the people of Mississippi, Missouri, and Louisiana will be very surprised to find out that they have liberals running their politics and economics. But nice try, I suppose.

So Texas, Montana and Alaska are run by liberals? Lol

Texas, Montana and Alaska

The fault for Connecticut's dismal political performance rests solely on the shoulders of those who continue to vote for failed policies, anti business sentiment, union benefits and high taxes. Ct is one of the most beautiful places on Earth, has a wonderful shoreline, close to laid back Boston and NYC intensity and sylvan interiors. But the cities suck big time. Vote only for those that will promote jobs not handouts.

All states controlled by the right wing kooks are in the same situation. High taxes, no jobs, the elimination of Constitutional rights....not difficult to see the pattern

You are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts. Texas does not have high taxes, and has created almost 40% of the new jobs in America in the last 10 years. And, it isn't the right that is trying to squelch any kind of debate. When Bush was President, the left said "Dissent is the Highest form of Patriotism." Now, anyone who disagrees with a leftoid position is bullied, ridiculed and called ever name in the book. It isn't the right that is doing drone surveillance of US citizens. There is a pattern, but not the one you imagine in your fevered liberal brain. The entire northeastern part of the US is losing population. They are all moving to the sunbelt...where the jobs are. We keep our politicians on a short leash in TX. CT has a state income tax with a top rate of over 6%. Texas doesn't have a State income tax. It is obvious that you have never left Connecticut.

The part you forgot to mention is those jobs in TX are mostly low paying minimum wage jobs that the Republicans love.. Also that 1 in 5 in TX live in poverty. Great State....Right

Indeed William! I find it astonishing that people can ignore actual statistics. TX is being flooded with people relocating OUT of yhe Northeast and CA because of the successful economy. Latest huge move is Toyota and all of its employees who will be in Dallas this summer. CT is a beautiful state that has sadly been destroyed by years of a liberal strong hold and yet they keep drinking the Kool aid.

Is this a surprise? Failed liberal policies and economics across the board of the states voted worst. ....