Poll: Dallas Still the City of Hate When it Comes to Loathing the Federal Government

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Rachel Parker
You see what you do to us, Congress?
There was a time not so long ago, back when the country wasn't perpetually teetering on the brink of economic collapse, when bitching about the federal government was fun. Washington was that crazy unemployed uncle who was always hanging around, irritating as hell but otherwise harmless.

But now that his gas can's empty and the match is lit, the joy has disappeared. The complaints take on a fearful tone; the emotions behind them turn from bemused exasperation to to pure burning hatred.

This shift can be measured by pollsters, at least to a point. They've watched as the number of Americans who express faith in their elected leaders and in the direction they're leading the country plummets to historic lows.

Nowhere in the country are those numbers lower than in Dallas. A recent Harris Interactive poll found that, among the nation's biggest cities, Dallas despises Washington more than anyone.

It's no surprise that we dislike President Barack Obama. Sixty-nine percent of Dallasites say he's doing either a bad or a terrible job, the same number as Houston, which is the only other city that comes close. Our hatred of Congress burns even brighter, with 94 percent of Dallas respondents giving it poor marks -- a tie for first place with Boston. On the question of whether the country is on the right track, our pessimism is unmatched, with 75 percent saying no.

Keep in mind that these numbers were compiled on the eve of the government shutdown and so have likely become a bit worse.

In its news release announcing the poll results, Harris studiously avoids applying the City of Hate label, classifying Dallas instead as somewhere the president "probably wants to avoid." Which kind of amounts to the same thing, no?


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kduble
kduble

I don't understand the connection between the photo and the story.

texasisthereason
texasisthereason

something happened 50 years in dealy plaza that is reason enough for Obama to avoid this place, not to mention Sec. Clinton's motorcade fatality. 

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

A pointless effort to be provocative

ericrapesbabies
ericrapesbabies

Idiotic reality-ignoring libtard propaganda (I know that is redundant) designed to be consumed by naive white-guilt-ridden "progressives". Quit raping and eating babies Eric!

WhiteWhale
WhiteWhale

So the usual bullshit headline and photo that has little to do with a online poll of the DFW market.

ruddski
ruddski

Wow - two-thirds of those polled gave Obama negative rating. America is a country of racist haters!

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Ok I have to ask, why a picture of a bunch of juggalos? Is that just the DO stock picture for Dallas hating things?

ruddski
ruddski

San Francisco was a city of hate during the bush years, ir was it NYC?

mltimmons77
mltimmons77

Saying that Dallas is a city of hate or pessimism because it is fully aware of the shortcomings of Obama and congress alike, is a pessimistic view in itself of a great city who refuses to have the wool pulled over its eyes or to drink DC's Kool Aid.

JohnJay24
JohnJay24

and? I haven't been a fan of the Federal Government for quite a few years now. Who would? 
It's a giant corrupt cesspool. 
If they tell you they are trying to help you... hide your wallet. What's with the endless wars when this country is broke? 
Why are we involved in Syria in any way? To stir up hate? Sounds about right..... then a bunch of people can attack us and we will say we need to go destroy their country to help them get on their feet while exacting our pound of flesh and all of their resources. 
Tired.


holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Obama carried both cities.

Los_Politico
Los_Politico

It was a poll of 10 markets, not cities:

"Methodology

This Harris Poll was conducted online within the United Statesbetween September 24 and October 1, 2013 among 2,045 adults (aged 18 and over) in the top 10 U.S. markets (207 in the NYC Metro area, NY; 205 in Los Angeles, CA; 205 in Chicago, IL; 207 in Philadelphia, PA; 204 in Dallas/Fort Worth, TX; 202 in San Francisco, CA; 205 in Boston, MA; 205 in Washington, D.C.; 202 in Atlanta, GA and 203 in Houston, TX)."

texasisthereason
texasisthereason

@bvckvs please go read some of Thomas Jefferson or Thomas Paines writings, please stop reading Mein Kampf.  Thank you.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

@bvckvs So the folks who took a stand against the Iraq non-war were scumbags?

texasisthereason
texasisthereason

@mltimmons77 Dallas is great for car dealers and coke dealers only, for everyone else its Ok or as our tagline says "Atleast were not Houston!"

tb00
tb00

@Los_Politico That's right. As a resident of Dallas, I'm starting to get fed up being tarred with the brush wielded by Collin County Tea Party whack-jobs.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

@bvckvs  So tell me what point did the article make, and what solutions did it offer?  My guess is the same statistics can be applied to many cities.

dingo
dingo

@tb00 @Los_Politico Don't worry, Your Obama boy will show up big in town anytime there's Dallas County trial lawyer political contribution money to scoop up in the Whack-Town Park Cities.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

@bvckvs  Yes - we get the government we deserve, doesn;t mean protest always equals scumbag.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

@bvckvs  Your contention is there is no linkage between the US Government and the Iraq War - REALLY?   It started spontaneously ?

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