Forget the rain jokes or the preponderance of drab fleece and flannel-draped inhabitants. When it comes to good opinions about the Emerald City, Seattle comes up shining.
A survey by North Carolina-based pollsters Public Policy Polling showed Seattle to be the most favorably viewed city in the U.S., gaining a 57 percent favorable view vs. 14 percent of respondents who claimed to have a negative view of the city.
Down the I-5 corridor, Pacific Northwest sister city Portland came in second, clocking a favorable/unfavorable rating of 52-12, perhaps demonstrating that the hit comedy series “Portlandia” has not scared off a national audience when it comes to the Rose City’s quirky nature, just the way Seattle has been able to garner the affection from across the country despite Seattle’s own upper-left coast leanings.
Boston (52-17) was a close third, followed by Atlanta (51-19), Phoenix (49-18), Dallas (48-21), New York (49-23), New Orleans (47-24), Houston (45-22), Salt Lake City (43-20), Philadelphia (42-22), San Francisco (48-29), Baltimore (37-24), Las Vegas (43-33), Chicago (42-33), Cleveland (32-25), Washington, D.C. (44-39), and Miami (36-33).
The most unpopular is Detroit, in which only 22 percent of respondents see the Motor City positively and 49 view it negatively. Only two other U.S. cities had a net-negative rating: Oakland, Calif., (21-39) and Los Angeles (33-40).
When it comes to partisan reaction to U.S. cities, PPP broke down its findings by party affiliation. Seattle’s left-coast, blue-state credentials were backed by the findings when Dems gave the city a 17-point favorable bump.
Washington D.C. got the biggest partisan gap, according to the polling. D.C. Democrats like the capital city by a net 44 points, while Republicans dislike it by 24, for a 68-point gap.
Chicago was not far behind (Democrats by 61), L.A. (59), S.F. (51), N.Y. (41), Detroit (33), Vegas (Democrats by 32), Houston (Republicans by 32), Houston (GOP by 29), New Orleans (Dems by 28), Baltimore (27), Oakland (25), Boston (24), Salt Lake (GOP by 22), Philly (Dems by 21), Seattle (17), Miami (15), Atlanta (14), Phoenix (GOP by 14), Cleveland (Dems by 11), and Portland (10).