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North Dakotans among most tolerant in country when it comes to their neighbors' political yard signs, study reveals

Valerie Fiske place a school bond sign in a West Fargo yard last year. Fiske is leading the community Vote Yes (VOICE) Committee. David Samson / The Forum

If you live in North Dakota and you've got a political yard sign, go ahead and flaunt it.

That's what a new study suggests after its results revealed that North Dakota is among the most tolerant states in the country when it comes to their neighbors' political yard signs.

The study, which was conducted by ShieldCo, a custom business, signage and décor company, surveyed 3,000 Americans asking them what they think about yard signs, and, in particular, their neighbors' yard signs.

The survey revealed that 30.4 percent of Americans—nearly 1 in 3—would be irritated if their neighbor put up a political yard sign. North Dakotans, on the other hand, came in well below the national average.

Only 12.5 percent of North Dakotans find their neighbors' signs irritating, according to the study. That number places the state as the second-lowest in the country behind Arkansas, which came in at 5.9 percent.

The state that had the biggest problem with yard signs was California, as the survey concluded that 49 percent of Californians get irritated with their neighbors' yard signs.

Ross Torgerson

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