That’s an interesting take. I feel it’s more systemic. For example, why vote when your state has already been decided? Local elections don’t get enough coverage and the power of the municipality is being eroded away with the expansion of the federal government. As a result people can feel they have less control and with that feeling comes apathy.
Now, this is coming from a “small government” type. However, if one believes, as many appear to, that the federal government should rule over, then I can fully understand your position.