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Country Is Divided About Having a Divided Congress

The American people are fairly ambivalent about whether it is better to have one party control of both houses of Congress, or not. Roughly a third think one party control is better, another third think a divided Congress is preferable and the rest think it makes no different or don’t have an opinion. From Gallup:

Registered Voters' Preference for One-Party or Divided-Party Control of Congress

It is surprising to me that opinions would be so evenly split after years of seeing that a divided Congress doesn’t actually produce compromise, only gridlock.

Given that most voters show a clear preference for one party it seems strange that more people would’t want to see their preferred party in a position to actually do something.

I wonder if this fairly even divide is because most people don’t fully realize how crippling a divided Congress has become, or because trust in Congress is so low that many see divided government which can do nothing as the least bad outcome. It does seem that a lot of the recent campaign rhetoric isn’t about proactively implementing a plan but about stopping the other side from doing something objectionable

If it is the former we should expect a movement towards wanting unified government in the coming years.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is now living in the Washington DC area. He created a politics and policy blog, The Walker Report (http://jwalkerreport.blogspot.com/).

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