Last month, we saw that the 'Blue States' tend to have higher median incomes than the 'Red States.' Which doesn't prove they have better governance, but which is, I believe, suggestive.
The Wall Street Journal just published a list of "The Best and Worst Run States In America: A Survey of All Fifty"
I figured it would be interesting to see how that list breaks down by Red State v Blue State v "Purple State" (Wikipedia: "A purple state refers to a swing state where both Democratic and Republican candidates receive strong support without an overwhelming majority of support for either party.")
Here it is: