To determine which states fairly represent the U.S. electorate, analysts compared the 50 states across five key categories: 1) Sociodemographics, 2) Economy, 3) Education, 4) Religion, and 5) Public Opinion. Arizona ranked number 4 overall when everything was tallied and it is the only western state in the top ten.
Analysts raised the question of which state truly deserves the top spot in the primaries and released their results in the 2016 Electorate Representation Index.
Analysts with the personal finance website WalletHub, addressed the controversial topic that surfaces every primary season: the apparent “whiteness” of Iowa and New Hampshire. The matter usually is boiled down to a single question: How could two mostly rural states with majority-white populations fairly represent the national electorate?
Under that logic, according to the group, handing the earliest positions in the presidential primaries to the Hawkeye and Granite states would understandably seem undeserved and bring into question whether candidates are dropping out of the race simply because of a flawed system. But as it turns out, the issue is a bit more complicated. Many experts have argued that entitlement to the earliest position in the primaries should be based on multiple factors, not solely on a state’s racial composition.
Earlier this year, WalletHub’s analysts compared the likeness of the U.S. with Iowa and New Hampshire and found that these states — to the expected surprise of many — mirror the nation by 89.39 percent and 82.11 percent, respectively. This led them to identify which of the 50 states are truly representative of the U.S. population and thus truly worthy of the top primary-election spot.
Arizona’s Resemblance to the U.S.
- Overall Electorate Representation Index: 92.67%
- Individual Category Index:
- Sociodemographics: 91.77%
- Economy: 94.81%
- Education: 94.09%
- Religion: 91.40%
- Public Opinion: 91.27%
The Top Ten States Are:
|Overall||Electorate Index||State||‘Sociodem Rank||‘Economy’ Rank||‘Education’ Rank||‘Religion’ Rank||Public Opinion|
To see how other states stack up click here.