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So when the Republican National Convention was in town, New York Magazine ran a poll comparing the opinions of Republicans to those of New Yorkers. Some of the numbers were obvious, some were surprising, but the most curious numbers resulted from asking both groups to compare New Yorkers to average Americans.

Compared with average Americans, are New Yorkers more …

GOP NYers
arrogant 45% 52%
pushy 58% 66%
friendly 18% 31%
creative 29% 74%
sexually promiscuous 26% 39%
family-oriented 6% 29%
moral 8% 28%
religious 7% 26%
honest 7% 23%
materialistic 42% 54%
patriotic 33% 43%

Notice the trend? On every single characteristic, negative or positive, more New Yorkers than Republicans say yes. Doesn't matter if you're talking about being sexually promiscuous or being family-oriented, New Yorkers think we're more of it at a higher rate than Republicans. What does that mean? Does that mean that Republicans want to believe New Yorkers are just like everybody else, whereas New Yorkers revel in their difference? Or maybe this is just another manifestation of the fact that an intense place like New York brings out both the best and worst in people?

Reminds me of that old Bill Cosby joke: "People tell me cocaine intensifies your personality ... Yeah, but what if you're an asshole?"

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