Tuesday, November 8, 2011

How Others See Us: We're Number 7 Edition

The Daily Beast ranks the top 20 politically active states.  South Dakota is number 7.

The Beast used the following criteria:
To find out, The Daily Beast combed the U.S. Census Bureau statistics on last year’s elections. We then ranked states based on the percentage of citizens who were registered to vote, and the percentage who actually voted. We also considered the average amount of individual donation ($200+) per citizen for the 2010 election cycle, according to the contribution tally maintained by OpenSecrets.org, and each state’s citizen population.

For this list, exercising the right to vote was deemed the most potent form of engagement. Thus, the average percentage of voter turnout was weighted twice as much as the average percentage of voter registration, and four times as much as individual donations.
 North Dakota ranked 3rd; Minnesota came in 6; Montana was ranked 15, and Iowa came in at 11.


caheidelberger said...

I'm reading a new book of essays on South Dakota political culture. Lauck, I think , maintains that SOuth Dakota started with remarkably civic engagement. This evaluation appears to support that thesis.

Now Daily Beast should include blog posts per capita in its metrics.

caheidelberger said...

...or at least support the thesis that we continue a tradition of civic engagement that started with our founding.

LK said...

You're doing your best to write enough blog posts for six or seven engaged citizens. I'm barely pulling my own weight.