Most and least politically engaged states report released

    October 17, 2018

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    ARKANSAS ranks 28th among the 2018 “Most & Least Politically Engaged States” according to a new report by the personal-finance website WalletHub.

    Only 61.4 percent of the voting age population voted in the 2016 presidential election and 36.4 percent in the 2014 midterm Diana Polk communications manager with WalletHub said in a press release.

    In order to determine where Americans are most involved in politics WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 10 key indicators of political engagement. They range from “percentage of registered voters in the 2016 presidential election” to “total political contributions per adult population.”

    As a result of that metric WalletHub determined the Top 10 Most Politically Engaged States to be 1) District of Columbia 2) Maine 3) Utah 4) Maryland 5) Washington 6) Wyoming 7) Colorado 8) Montana 9) Virginia and 10) Wisconsin.

    The 10 Least Politically Engaged States were 42) South Dakota 43) Kentucky 44) New York 45) West Virginia 46) Mississippi 47) Tennessee 48) Indiana 49) Alabama 50) Hawaii and 51) New Mexico.

    The District of Columbia has the highest share of citizens who actually voted in the 2016 presidential election 74.34 percent which is 1.6 times higher than in Hawaii where the percentage is lowest at 47.27 percent.

    Maine has the highest share of citizens who actually voted in the 2014 midterm elections 61.50 percent which is 1.8 times higher than in West Virginia where the percentage is lowest at 33.60 percent.

    There is a 0.6 correlation between the overall ranking of the states for political engagement and the level of education in each state (measured as the percentage of the population with at least a bachelor’s degree).

    Blue (Democrat) states are more politically engaged with an average ranking of 20.76 compared with 29.67 for Red (Republican) states (1 = Best).