Wyoming Low In 2016 Electorate Representation Index

Earlier this year as the presidential primaries approached, WalletHub’s analysts were asked to compare the profiles of each state in the U.S. with Iowa and New Hampshire and found that these states — to the surprise of many — mirror the nation by 89.39 percent and 82.11 percent, respectively. This led them to further identify which of the 50 states are truly representative of the U.S. population and thus worthy of the top primary-election spot.

Now that the results of the earlier primary-election states greatly affecting which candidates stay in the presidential race — raising the question of which state truly deserves the top spot in the primaries — the personal finance website WalletHub recently released its 2016 Electorate Representation Index.

The first two elections in the primary cycle are complete, yet the lid remains open on one 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, 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.

To determine which states fairly represent the U.S. electorate, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states to the U.S. across five key categories: 1) Sociodemographics, 2) Economy, 3) Education, 4) Religion, and 5) Public Opinion.

Wyoming while it is the smallest state by population is ranked number 40 overall when everything was tallied not surprisingly bears little resemblance to new Hampshire or Iowa.

Wyoming’s Resemblance to the U.S.
Overall Electorate Representation Index: 83.72%
Individual Category Index:

  • Sociodemographics: 88.06%
  • Economy: 85.59%
  • Education: 89.53%
  • Religion: 80.14%
  • Public Opinion: 75.27%

States ranked  with Wyoming:

Overall Electorate Index State ‘Sociodem Rank ‘Economy’ Rank ‘Education’ Rank ‘Religion’ Rank Public Opinion
31 86.78% Idaho 35 43 32 26 31
32 86.74% South Carolina 19 10 7 38 32
33 86.11% South Dakota 40 37 22 23 41
34 85.82% Montana 45 46 29 11 39
35 85.71% North Dakota 47 33 35 18 40
36 85.31% Hawaii 50 47 11 14 23
37 85.06% Alaska 33 50 34 34 20
38 84.41% Kentucky 32 19 39 39 42
39 83.90% Louisiana 28 26 45 41 36
40 83.72% Wyoming 36 48 47 24 46

To see how other states stack up click here

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