Most and least politically engaged states in 2020
INQUIRER.NET U.S. Bureau
October 14, 2020 at 8:57 am

With Election Day coming up and only 61.4% of the voting age population having voted in the 2016 presidential election and 53.4% in the 2018 midterm, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2020’s Most & Least Politically Engaged States, as well as accompanying videos.

To determine where Americans are most involved in politics, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 11 key indicators of political engagement. They range from “percentage of registered voters in the 2016 presidential election” to “total political contributions per adult population.”

Most Politically Engaged States Least Politically Engaged States
1. Maine 41. Indiana
2. Washington 42. South Carolina
3. Colorado 43. South Dakota
4. Maryland 44. Kentucky
5. Wyoming 45. Tennessee
6. Utah 46. West Virginia
7. Oregon 47. Alabama
8. Montana 48. New Mexico
9. Virginia 49. Mississippi
10. Massachusetts 50. Hawaii

Key Stats 

  • Maine has the highest share of citizens who actually voted in the 2016 presidential election, 72.68 percent, which is 1.5 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 2018 midterm elections, 65.60 percent, which is 1.5 times higher than in Arkansas, where the percentage is lowest at 42.60 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 states are more politically engaged, with an average ranking of 18.20, compared with 30.37 for Red states (1 = Best).

To view the full report and your state’s ranking, visit: 
https://wallethub.com/edu/most-least-politically-engaged-states/7782/

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