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View Poll Results: California Most Powerful State in America?
Yes! Economic beast, T.V shows, cali way of "speaking" 66 51.16%
No , it doenst have the best economy, no shows are filmed there, no one uses a neutral cali accent 63 48.84%
Voters: 129. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-06-2008, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Influence in the World on state level huh.

How the world sees The States

The most famous states of the Union
are virtually nation brands in their own
right. Florida, California, Texas, Alaska,
Arizona and Hawaii, for example, are
names that are almost as familiar to
people around the world as America
itself. However, this fact is hardly
surprising because their names and
images have been promoted, sometimes
deliberately and sometimes by chance,
for as long as America’s, and have
captured the imaginations of people
around the world for decades and even
centuries.

From its earliest days, as America
grew in territory and population, its subbrands
began to develop. Just as Procter
and Gamble have Pringles, Head &
Shoulders and Crest, America had
California, Texas, Arizona, Virginia,
Colorado and many more, each one
showcased around the world in movies,
historical events, TV shows, products
and personalities. Like all good brands,
these states were more than just names:
they soon became shorthand for the
ideas and values and ways of life they
represented. Such evocative images as
gold prospectors, the Alamo, and
cowboys and Indians stand out in the
imaginations of millions around the
world, and have become so intrinsic to
the idea of America that it is impossible
to imagine it without them. This is
equally true for Americans as it is for
foreigners. The American sense of
identity has always been inspired and
informed by ideas of a “pioneering
spirit”, “Yankee ingenuity” and “frontier
justice”, and such ideas are far more
strongly linked to some states than others.


However, the overall ranking – the total
marks of each state on all six points of
the hexagon – shows that there is a big
gap between the megabrands of
California, Florida and the rest. Hawaii
and New York are in the second league
of brand power, and then there is
another sizeable gap between them and
the remaining 46 States.
45 of these are
clustered relatively closely in terms of
their brand strength, but there is another
big gap between the 49th brand,
Alabama, and the 50th, New Jersey.
For various reasons, NJ’s brand is
right out on a limb at the tail-end of
the index.

Overseas, the images are more likely to
be generic, and may have been mainly
formed by books, films or historical
events that can date back decades or
even centuries. Each country will also
tend to have its own unique views of
certain states, depending on that
country’s historical connections with
the state in question – hence the higher
awareness and ranking of the New
England states by British respondents,
the above-average scores amongst
German panelists for states with large
German populations like Oregon, and
the awareness of Louisiana amongst
French panelists. Mexican panelists rank
New Mexico, Illinois and Utah well
above the global average; the Canadian
panel – unsurprisingly – ranks Michigan,
Maine and Vermont above average
(further confirming the finding from the
Nation Brands Index that personal familiarity
with a place will almost always
increase its brand value); the Chinese
rank Alaska and Missouri above average,
and the Japanese give high rankings
to Kentucky, Alaska and Minnesota.

California is almost certainly the state
the world hears about most often, and
the one with the most distinctive and
powerful identity and culture. Certainly,
it’s the only one with a governor who’s
almost as world-famous as the president,
and has always had global ambitions
coupled with a remarkable gift for selfpromotion.

State Rank
California 1
Florida 2
Hawaii 3
New York 4
Washington 5
North Carolina 6
Virginia 7
Kentucky 8
Colorado 9
Texas 10
Oregon 11
New Mexico 12
Tennessee 13
Vermont 14
Missouri 15
Alaska 16
South Carolina 17
Montana 18
Nevada 19
Ohio 20
Maine 21
Arizona 22
Maryland 23
Utah 24
Wyoming 25
Connecticut 26
West Virginia 27
Oklahoma 28
Massachusetts 29
New Hampshire 30
Idaho 31
Pennsylvania 32
Georgia 33
Minnesota 34
Rhode Island 35
Kansas 36
Wisconsin 37
Iowa 38
South Dakota 39
Illinois 40
Louisiana 41
Indiana 42
Nebraska 43
Mississippi 44
North Dakota 45
Arkansas 46
Delaware 47
Michigan 48
Alabama 49
New Jersey 50

http://www.statebrandsindex.com/docs/SBI_2006.pdf (broken link)

 
Old 11-06-2008, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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He ranks New York fourth, behind California, Florida and Hawaii--and creates a lovely fictitious history to back up his claim. Bonus points, I say, for sheer, unadulterated creativity! As for anything remotely relating to reality...fuhgeddaboudit.
 
Old 11-06-2008, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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the 17 plus million registered voters in the state. Whom, btw, voted to pass prop 8 so I do not hold their opinions is high regards right now.
What that proves is that unlike the Northeast, California cannot be put into a box, we are far too diverse politically.
 
Old 11-06-2008, 09:47 AM
 
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no its not dc/maryland still runs this usa by facts but cali is a powerful state
 
Old 11-06-2008, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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He ranks New York fourth, behind California, Florida and Hawaii--and creates a lovely fictitious history to back up his claim. Bonus points, I say, for sheer, unadulterated creativity! As for anything remotely relating to reality...fuhgeddaboudit.

hahahaha

This is based on interviews taken by thousands of people from around the world.

Sorry, you can't poison this well. Nice try though.
 
Old 11-06-2008, 10:00 AM
 
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With all of this California wonderfulness, I just want to sell my home, pack up, and move to California. But wait, the very average home I have here would cost $800,000 or more in California, and I really can't afford that. Also, I wouldn't be able to afford private schools, as the public school system is rated extremely low. Guess I'll have to reconsider.
 
Old 11-06-2008, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Originally Posted by NowInWI View Post
With all of this California wonderfulness, I just want to sell my home, pack up, and move to California. But wait, the very average home I have here would cost $800,000 or more in California, and I really can't afford that. Also, I wouldn't be able to afford private schools, as the public school system is rated extremely low. Guess I'll have to reconsider.
California is for the ambitious-not the faint in heart. People come here with the expressed purpose of making something of themselves. Some fail and go home, but most stay and love it.
 
Old 11-06-2008, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Southie
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Originally Posted by 18Montclair View Post
California is almost certainly the state
the world hears about most often, and
the one with the most distinctive and
powerful identity and culture. Certainly,
it’s the only one with a governor who’s
almost as world-famous as the president,
and has always had global ambitions
coupled with a remarkable gift for selfpromotion.

State Rank
California 1
Florida 2
Hawaii 3
New York 4
Washington 5
This is merely due to Hollywood, and the celebrity status of it's residents. World wide, Piris Hilton is probably a more recognizable face than George Bush. Is this really what you want to base your argument on? I hope not.

Then that leaves us with 2) Florida and 3) Hawaii (both popular as vaca destinations and obvious write offs) and then...wait for it...New York.
 
Old 11-06-2008, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Originally Posted by boston mark View Post
This is merely due to Hollywood, and the celebrity status of it's residents. World wide, Piris Hilton is probably a more recognizable face than George Bush. Is this really what you want to base your argument on? I hope not.

Then that leaves us with 2) Florida and 3) Hawaii (both popular as vaca destinations and obvious write offs) and then...wait for it...New York.
Sorry,
No poisoning wells allowed. Prove it wrong or move along.
 
Old 11-06-2008, 10:22 AM
 
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HAHA. See that floridas number 2 thats for all u florida haters on these forums lol. But seriously California is the most powerful state economicly hands down. Just the number of high-tech and computer companies headquartered there is amazing plus you ad all the agriculture bio-technology and all that good stuff and the geographic diversity and population it has to be the best.
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