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."
Marcum believes his censure came as the result of the shirt he was wearing at the time, which featured an assault rifle and read, "NRA: Protect Your Right." So the story, you know, got some attention. The Fox News headline became "Dad of West Virginia Boy Arrested Over NRA Shirt Says He'll Fight Punishment." Bet you he will, tell you what.