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Guess which U.S. state is the most economically confident?

Kai Ryssdal Aug 15, 2011

This final — if somewhat amazing — note today, courtesy of the good people at Gallup.

The next time somebody tells you Washington’s out of touch, that they just don’t get it, you go right ahead and believe ’em. A Gallup poll out today says Washington D.C. is — far and away — the most economically confident area in the country. Gallup offers something it calls the Economic Confidence Index. National average first half of the year was -28. Washington clocked in with a +11.

Here’s their map:


District of Columbia +11

North Dakota -13

Nebraska -16

South Dakota – 17

Maryland -17

Massachusetts -19

Utah -19

Iowa -20

Minnesota -20

Virginia -20


West Virginia -44

Maine -39

Idaho -37

Louisiana -37

Mississippi -36

Nevada -35

Kentucky -35

Delaware -35

Ohio -34

Florida -34

Rhode Island -34

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