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.

Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at