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San Diego 2nd most popular city in poll; mayor says "Stay classy."

October 21, 2010 |  7:06 pm

A nationwide Harris Poll has found San Diego the second most popular city in the country.

For most cities that would bestow bragging rights. But San Diego thinks of itself as America's Finest City, a civic description from the early 1970s.

"That poll must have been rigged, otherwise we would have come in first," Mayor Jerry Sanders said in a statement released Thursday by his office, which added, "Stay classy, San Diego."

The latter is a tagline from the 2004 movie "Anchorman" with Will Farrell as a fictional yet realistic TV anchor in San Diego.

For the record: The Harris Poll found New York the most popular city (and also the least popular).

-- Tony Perry in San Diego