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:
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.