Survey: Red States More Patriotic Than Blue States

| by Lauren Briggs

Red states are more patriotic than blue states, according to a survey released Monday.

WalletHub, a consumer website, analyzed some common components of patriotism and found that red (Republican) states beat blue (Democratic) states by a narrow margin. Virginia, a swing state, scored the highest as the country’s most patriotic state in 2015.

The survey broke patriotism down into two categories: military and civil engagement. The military engagement component examined the number of veterans and active-duty military personnel per 100,000 residents as well as percent of residents who enlisted in 2013.

Civil engagement considered volunteer rates, percentage of residents who voted in the 2012 presidential election, number of Peace Corps volunteers per 100,000 residents, and frequency of Google searches for the American flag.

While red states fared most favorably, the gap between red and blue was actually very small, according to The Blaze.

With a score of 1 being the best, red states scored an average of 24.1, and blue states scored an average of 26.7. Of the 13 original colonies, four were ranked in the top 10 most patriotic and five ranked in the lowest.

According to WalletHub’s findings, the winners and losers are ranked below:

The 10 Most Patriotic States:

1. Virginia

2. Washington

3. Colorado

4. Idaho

5. Alaska

6. Maine

7. North Carolina

8. New Hampshire

9. South Carolina

10. Georgia

The 10 Least Patriotic States:

41. Pennsylvania

42. Louisiana

43. Illinois

44. Connecticut

45. Arkansas

46. West Virginia

47. Utah

48. Rhode Island

49. New Jersey

50. New York

The survey broke down these findings into more specific results. Alaska ranked the highest in military engagement, while Minnesota had the lowest military engagement in the whole country. Wisconsin was number one for civic engagement, while Arkansas was number 50.

Regardless of any red-blue friction, WalletHub found a universal theme: Patriotism has declined in recent years. In 2014, a mere 28 percent of Americans said their country was the best in the world, compared to 38 percent in 2011.

Sources: The Blaze, WalletHub