HUMMELSTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA - MAY 17: A vote sign is seen at Lower Dauphin High School on May 17, 2022 in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvanians are voting in the primary elections to select candidates from each party for a new governor, lieutenant governor, U.S. senator, and U.S representative.

We are living in an incredibly politically charged time. It seems like the entire world revolves around politics, or at least some people’s whole world. And for the most part that is a good thing. Citizens’ involvement is key to the system of democracy. Letting those political views sway your opinion of individuals or tear apart relationships with friends or family. I have a hard time with that. But enough of that soapbox. Despite what seems like a hyper-politicization of our world there is actually a decline in Americans’ trust in government and as a result political engagement. And both North and South Carolina were ranked as some of the least politically engaged states in the country.

This is a result of a survey/analysis conducted by WalletHub. As Election Day is approaching WalletHub compared the 50 states based on 10 key indicators of political engagement. They range from the percentage of registered voters in the 2020 presidential election to total political contributions per adult population. Keep in mind that WalletHub reports only 66.8% of age-eligible citizens voted in 2020. And that was a record 155 million voters. And of developed nations, the US ranks near the bottom- 30th out of 35- for voter turnout. Voting is such a privilege and integral to our country.

What’s At Stake

While there are several issues at stake with the upcoming elections, turnout will most likely be lower for the midterms. Presidential elections bring the largest numbers almost always. Senate races will be key and North Carolina is a battleground state with everything at stake. But this study ranks both North and South Carolina in the bottom third of states. Keep reading to see exactly where North and South Carolina ranked on the list of politically engaged states, as well as the top 10. Or read the full analysis here.

  • Least Politically Engaged States

    **According To WalletHub**

  • 35. North Dakota

    North Dakota

    Political Engagement Among Young People (Aged 18 to 24):  N/A

    Political Engagement Among the Elderly (Aged 65+):   74.20%

  • 36. Kansas

    Liberty Memorial and Union Station aerial views, downtown Kansas City

    Political Engagement Among Young People (Aged 18 to 24):   53.40%

    Political Engagement Among the Elderly (Aged 65+):   77.50%

  • 37. North Carolina

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    Political Engagement Among Young People (Aged 18 to 24):   49.30%

    Political Engagement Among the Elderly (Aged 65+):   71.90%

  • 38. Nevada

    Nevada

    Political Engagement Among Young People (Aged 18 to 24):   36.70%

    Political Engagement Among the Elderly (Aged 65+):   76.00%

  • 39. New Mexico

    Albuquerque, NM

    Political Engagement Among Young People (Aged 18 to 24):   42.90%

    Political Engagement Among the Elderly (Aged 65+):   74.90%

  • 40. Mississippi

    Mississippi

    Political Engagement Among Young People (Aged 18 to 24):   42.30%

    Political Engagement Among the Elderly (Aged 65+):   75.20%

  • 41. Idaho

    Idaho

    Political Engagement Among Young People (Aged 18 to 24):   53.90%

    Political Engagement Among the Elderly (Aged 65+):   73.40%

  • 42. Louisiana

    Louisiana

    Political Engagement Among Young People (Aged 18 to 24):   46.90%

    Political Engagement Among the Elderly (Aged 65+):   70.40%

  • 43. Indiana

    Indiana

    Political Engagement Among Young People (Aged 18 to 24):   38.80%

    Political Engagement Among the Elderly (Aged 65+):   75.10%

  • 44. Oklahoma

    Oklahoma

    Political Engagement Among Young People (Aged 18 to 24):  30.50%

    Political Engagement Among the Elderly (Aged 65+):   70.30%

  • 45. South Carolina

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    Political Engagement Among Young People (Aged 18 to 24):   53.40%

    Political Engagement Among the Elderly (Aged 65+):   72.40%

  • 46. Nebraska

    Nebraska

    Political Engagement Among Young People (Aged 18 to 24):    42.30%

    Political Engagement Among the Elderly (Aged 65+):   76.0%

  • 47. South Dakota

    South Dakota

    Political Engagement Among Young People (Aged 18 to 24):   43.90%

    Political Engagement Among the Elderly (Aged 65+):   69.50%

  • 48. Alabama

    Alabama

    Political Engagement Among Young People (Aged 18 to 24):   45.40%

    Political Engagement Among the Elderly (Aged 65+):   64.80%

  • 49. West Virginia

    West Virginia

    Political Engagement Among Young People (Aged 18 to 24):   34.60%

    Political Engagement Among the Elderly (Aged 65+):   68.00%

  • 50. Arkansas

    Arkansas

    Political Engagement Among Young People (Aged 18 to 24):   32.30%

    Political Engagement Among the Elderly (Aged 65+):   63.20%

  • Most Politically Engaged States

  • 1. Maryland

    Maryland

    Political Engagement Among Young People (Aged 18 to 24):   70.70%

    Political Engagement Among the Elderly (Aged 65+):   76.40%

  • 2. New Jersey

    New Jersey

    Political Engagement Among Young People (Aged 18 to 24):   75.30%

    Political Engagement Among the Elderly (Aged 65+):   82.60%

  • 3. Virginia

    Virginia

    Political Engagement Among Young People (Aged 18 to 24):   51.80%

    Political Engagement Among the Elderly (Aged 65+):   76.20%

  • 4. Washington

    Seattle

    Political Engagement Among Young People (Aged 18 to 24):   52.40%

    Political Engagement Among the Elderly (Aged 65+):   77.30%

  • 5. Oregon

    Oregon

    Political Engagement Among Young People (Aged 18 to 24):   56.10%

    Political Engagement Among the Elderly (Aged 65+):   79.50%

  • 6. Minnesota

    Minneapolis

    Political Engagement Among Young People (Aged 18 to 24):   69.20%

    Political Engagement Among the Elderly (Aged 65+):   84.30%

  • 7. California

    Santa Cruz California Beaches and Boardwalk

    Political Engagement Among Young People (Aged 18 to 24):   53.60%

    Political Engagement Among the Elderly (Aged 65+):   71.40%

  • 8. Arizona

    Chandler AZ

    Political Engagement Among Young People (Aged 18 to 24):   52.00%

    Political Engagement Among the Elderly (Aged 65+):   81.80%

  • 9. New York

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    Political Engagement Among Young People (Aged 18 to 24):   47.80%

    Political Engagement Among the Elderly (Aged 65+):   67.90%

  • 10. Iowa

    Iowa

    Political Engagement Among Young People (Aged 18 to 24):   63.30%

    Political Engagement Among the Elderly (Aged 65+):   76.80%