FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) – Apparently, no one pays attention to the motto “Don’t Mess with Texas” — except Texans. In a nationwide survey by Business Insider, Texas was voted the “least favored state in the nation.”

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How could it be that the land of cowboys, steers and southern hospitality is the least liked in America?

Well, everything is bigger in Texas, including state pride. “I think it may have something to do with the fact that Texans are very prideful and we do love our state,” said Jade Ansell, a native Texan.

Seattle, Washington native Marilyn Brower, moved to Texas a few years ago. “When you see places with a lot of pride, it comes across as arrogant,” she said. “When you’re outside of Texas you’re, like, it’s just really hot there and there are a lot of bugs.”

Austin-native Melissa Malin had no qualms about her feelings. “We love our country and our state. If we could, we probably would make Texas our own country.”

Funny you say that! In the Business Insider survey, Americans said Texas was the one state they would like to see kicked out of America.

Survey takers recalled the talk from Governor Rick Perry in 2009 about Texas seceding from the nation. Later, Perry dismissed talk about secession.

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Despite the diss, Texas did get some love in the survey and was voted one of the nicest states in the country.

Malin works is the tourist friendly Fort Worth Stockyards and works with visitors daily. “They’re actually amazed at how nice we are because we say “ma’am” and “sir,” she said.

Texans say “kill them with kindness” and they’ll eventually be drawn in to the Lone Star state.

Brower said the state, “Kind of grows on you, in a good way. [Texas] is like a black hole that sucks you in and never lets you go.”

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