November 4, 2014 | Number of The Day
New Jersey’s rank among states considered “politically engaged”

Once again, Wallethub, a social media financial site, has created an index that it says indicates how politically engaged citizens in various states are. New Jersey? It came in a dismal 37th.

This is despite the fact that New Jersey bucks the national trend for political engagement: it’s a blue state with a highly educated workforce.

To determine engagement, Wallethub looked at voting turnout in both presidential and off-year elections, as well as political contributions. Massachusetts and Colorado were deemed the most politically engaged states and West Virginia and Oklahoma judged the least politically engaged.

New Jersey fared a bit better when it came to ranking determined by the number of citizens between 18 and 24 who actually voted in the 2012 Presidential election — winding up 32nd, with 39 percent of eligible voters going to the polls. When it came to senior citizens voting, New Jersey ranked 35th, with 68 percent of eligible voters going to the polls.