America Thinks Dallas is Just OK, But We're a Big Hit with Republicans

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America apparently has not visited Klyde Warren Park.
Public Policy Polling is a new but fairly well-respected outfit that churns out an impressive quantity of high-quality snapshots of public opinion on political races and the important issues of our time.

But PPP doesn't let that stop them from putting out equally authoritative figures on the percentage of Americans who think Osama bin Laden is alive (6 percent); that the moon landing was faked (7 percent); and that a "secretive power elite with a globalist agenda is conspiring to eventually rule the world through an authoritarian world government, or New World Order (28 percent).

It's in the same attention-generating spirit that the organization today released the results of a national poll revealing how favorably respondents feel about a selection of the country's major cities.

The numbers are of greater utility than, say, those showing that 13 percent of voters think Obama is the anti-Christ, since public perception reflects to some degree a city's vitality and ability to attract new blood. Mainly, though, it's a chance to see how one's home looks reflected in the mirror of public opinion and marvel at how much white people love the Pacific Northwest, how much black people love Atlanta, and how just about everyone hates Detroit.

And Dallas? The reaction can probably best be described as a slightly encouraging shrug. The city didn't do poorly. More than twice as many of those polled describe their opinion of the city as "Favorable" (48 percent) than "Unfavorable" (21 percent), while the other 31 percent are "Not Sure." But it ranks well below America's favorite city, Seattle (57 percent), as well as Boston, Atlanta, Portland and Phoenix.

Drilling down into the data, we find that Dallas is just about equally popular across age and ethnic groups, with the elderly finding the city slightly more appealing. The starkest difference arises when one considers politics.

Republicans (61 percent favorable) think much more highly of Dallas than do Democrats (42 percent). That tracks pretty closely with the breakdown by 2008 presidential candidate, with 58 percent of McCain voters considering Dallas good compared with 40 percent of Obama voters.

We probably didn't need a poll to figure any of that out, but now we have hard numbers. That way we can tell exactly how high public opinion skyrockets once we finish that second Calatrava.

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rufuslevin
rufuslevin

Dallas County was a powerhouse when it was run by intelligent rich white men.  Then the Civil Rights Era and the collapse of the condo market, the oil industry, and local banks destroyed it.  Today, Dallas County itself is a disgusting example of political corruption and mismanagement by a feuding bunch of black power mongers and shakedown artists.  Detroit shows what happens when liberals and black "leaders" take over a city.

garlandsucks
garlandsucks

when the best thing your city has going for it is that its not Houston...then count yourself lucky dallas, 7th place aint bad.

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

Why would anyone think well of a place that has jobs and growth when they dont. Thats just human nature at its finest. Its called jealousy.

atat8080
atat8080

Many on both coasts have had a campaign against Texas and the South for years in film and media.

The truth is that the South is the best place to live for all, there is no racism to speak of and the people are warm and friendly.  That's the truth. 

DMZ3
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Hmm. That makes sense.

Says something about Dallas, too. The city is not particularly distinguished (but.. we're world class!). Kinda blah when it comes down to it. And it's more conservative than other major cities. But it's an okay place to live and most people are comfortable with Dallas. Kinda boring, but hey, it could be worse.

I think it's notable how it cuts across ethnic lines. It reflects how one of the city's greatest strengths is in its diversity (take that, Austin). No one's really -enthusiastic- about it except for Republicans though. But I'd take it.

janet260
janet260

@DMZ3 Hmm. That makes sense.

Says something about New York, too. The city is not particularly distinguished (but.. we're world class!). Kinda blah when it comes down to it. And it's more liberal than other major cities. But it's an okay place to live and most people are comfortable with New York. Kinda boring, but hey, it could be worse.

I think it's notable how it cuts across ethnic lines. It reflects how one of the city's greatest strengths is in it's diversity (take that, Trenton). No one's really enthusiastic about it except Democrats though. But I'd take it.

I could of done the same thing with Chicago and San Francisco. These studies are stupid.

weirdozmedia
weirdozmedia

@janet260 @DMZ3 Except that NYC and San Francisco are anything but boring, what planet do you live on?

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