I’ve never been to the South so I can’t tell from personal experience, but there is definitely a distinction between the East Coast and the West Coast which tend to be more liberal versus the South of the mid West (which tend to be more conservative). People sometimes refer to the mid West as “fly over States”, States that you necessarily fly over when going from East to West but you would never actually visit, God forbid.
That’s a dumb generalization, just looking at Calfornia there are large parts in mid California that are staunchly Republican and conservative, but of course the Bay Area is a liberal bastion.
Historically of course as you probably know it all goes back to the civil law and the slavery etc.
Interesting in the Netherlands where I was born and lived most of my life there’s a similar disdain from people living in the West (Randstad) to look down upon anyone living below the ‘big rivers’ (Brabant, where I was born) or Limburg. And that is a tiny county, but I suppose that “us versus them” groupthinking is a basic human psychological thing.
The Southerners I met in the US I found to be very courteous and friendly, much more so than many people from the Bay Area.
These are all stereotypes, for example New Yorkers (I mean people from NYC, not the State) have the reputation for being in your face and somewhat rude, but I find them to be more honest and having less of that ‘passive aggressive’ attitude that you often find in the Bay Area.
Just my $0.02.
One of the things on my bucket list is to do a big cross country US trip and visit all States. That’ll have to wait a while. I’ll be glad when I can get away to Lake Tahoe.