Report: Texas ranks among worst politically engaged states

Posted at 6:28 AM, Oct 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-18 07:43:18-04

Texas is ranked among the worst politically engaged states in the United States, coming third to last in percentage of voter registration in the 2016 Presidential Election.

The midterm elections are coming up and participation is the only way for citizens to get their voice heard. But there’s evidence to suggest a growing lack of political engagement among Americans.

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

Findings show that Texas ranks 41st in overall political engagement, out of 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Texas has the fourth lowest percentage of citizens that voted in the 2014 midterm election.

WalletHub survey of voters in 2014 midterms/2016 Presidential Election.

Texas also falls in the “least educated and least politically engaged” rank due to the percent of those 25 and over with a 4-year degree.

WalletHub survey of politically engaged states.

When it comes to age groups, Texas ranks 39th with percentage of young people that vote, 31.9%, and 35th in percentage of elderly voters which is 69%.

To view the entire report, click here.

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