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West Virginia: Wild, wonderful - and worrisome. That's according to a new survey out today. Really though, this is interesting and sad.
Gallup surveyed 353,564 people across the U.S. over the course of 2012.
Gallup is a tireless polling behemoth. They asked, "Did you feel stressed during a lot of the day yesterday?"
Here are the states where people most frequently said yes, and the percentage that did:
West Virginia, Kentucky, and Utah have been among the top five for each of the last five years. What's going on?
The survey took place well before the stressful story last week in which West Virginian eighth-grade student Jared Marcum "sparked a dispute" with a Logan Middle School teacher "that ended with Jared suspended, arrested and facing two charges, obstruction and disturbing the education process."
The school stood by the story without mention of the shirt, saying Marcum was kicked out because he was "obstructing the education process." This is America, though, and people should be allowed to wear whatever they want when they obstruct the education process.
The same survey looked at people's level of "enjoyment." On average across 2012, "84.9 percent of Americans reported feeling enjoyment 'yesterday.'"