You’ll Never Guess Who Named Massachusetts the Rudest State in the County
The term "Masshole" has always affectionally been one of my favorites. Growing up in Massachusetts, I almost take strange pride in the nickname. Some would say we're a little rough around the edges, a little aggressive in traffic, and a little bitter from the cold, harsh winters, but the question is, are the people of Massachusetts actually a**holes?
Well, a survey from YouGov isn't quite that harsh, but it does have Massachusetts residents listed as some of the rudest in the county, and we were voted that by our own people!
Last year, YouGov asked more than 77,000 people whether they think the people in their state tend to be ruder or more polite than most Americans. The options to answer were “More polite,” “About the same,” “More rude,” and “Don’t know.” The survey was conducted from December 23, 2020 – January 6, 2021.
Massachusetts came in at number two on the list, with 40% of the people who live here saying they think people in this state tend to be “Massholes,” that is to say, more rude than most Americans.
Coming in at number one, the self-declared rudest state in America; Rhode Island, where 42% say they believe people in their state tend to be ruder than most Americans. Just 9% of Rhode Island’s residents say they think their population is unusually polite. Rounding out the top three was New Jersey with 34%.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, the state that considers itself to be the nicest is Hawaii. 60% of Hawaii residents say that people in their state tend to be more polite than most Americans, while just 10% think their residents are ruder than most. Vermont came in at number two with 51%.
Check out the complete results of the survey here.
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