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Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, New Mexico

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Who Runs the States

Main Report Pages
Main PagePart 1Partisanship InfographicPart 2Part 3

Partisanship Results Report (Part 1)
Executive SummaryState Partisanship AnalysisPartisan Control of GovernorshipsPartisan Control of State LegislaturesPartisan Control of State SenatesPartisan Control of State HousesState Government TrifectasOverall Partisan Control: Bright, Medium and Soft StatesChanges of Partisan Domination over 22 yearsYear-to-Year Changes in State Partisan ControlTrifectas and Presidential Election PatternsConclusionMethodologyAppendix AAppendix B

State Quality of Life Index (SQLI) Report (Part 2)
Executive SummaryState Quality of Life Index (SQLI)About the IndexOverall RankingsDramatic Changes from 1st Half to 2nd HalfIndividual IndicatorsMethodologyAppendices

Partisanship and (SQLI) Overlay Report (Part 3)
IntroductionComparing Partisanship and the State Quality of Life Index (SQLI) RankingsDescription of the dataTrends and correlationsMethodologyKey Values for Fifty-State RegressionsAppendices
Praise or blame is extended to political parties for the economic, educational, health and other quality of life outcomes that result from the policies those parties enact into law. To better understand which political party enjoys power in each of the states, Ballotpedia has analyzed state government control from 1992-2013 using the concept of a "partisan trifecta." A partisan trifecta is defined as when a state's governorship and legislative chambers are controlled by the same political party.

The two major political parties claim that their policies will lead to better outcomes. What does the data show?

At Ballotpedia, we explored these issues in a three-part study, Who Runs the States.

This page takes a specific look at how New Mexico performed in the study.

Part 1: Partisanship analysis

New Mexico Governor

From 1992 to 2013, there were Democratic governors in office for 11 years while there were Republican governors in office for 11 years, including the last three.

Across the country, there were 493 years of Democratic governors (44.82%) and 586 years of Republican governors (53.27%) from 1992-2013.

New Mexico Senate

During every year from 1992 to 2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the New Mexico State Senate. The New Mexico State Senate is one of 16 state senates that was Democratic for more than 80 percent of the years between 1992-2013.

Across the country, there were 541 Democratic and 517 Republican state senates from 1992 to 2013.

New Mexico House of Representatives

During every year from 1992 to 2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the New Mexico State House of Representatives. The New Mexico State House of Representatives is one of 18 state Houses that was Democratic for more than 80 percent of the years between 1992-2013.

Across the country, there were 577 Democratic and 483 Republican state houses of representatives from 1992 to 2013.

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Office of the Governor of New Mexico, the New Mexico State Senate and the New Mexico House of Representatives from 1992-2013.

Partisan composition of New Mexico state government(1992-2013).PNG

Partisan control changes

There were three partisan control changes in New Mexico during the study period. The average number of changes in the 50 states was four, putting New Mexico slightly less than the average.

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Part 2: State Quality of Life Index (SQLI)

New Mexico’s average ranking over the course of the study period was 46.86, which puts it at 48 in the overall SQLI ranking.[1]

  • The year that New Mexico had the highest ranking was 2008, in which it ranked 41st.
  • The years that New Mexico had the lowest ranking were 1992, 1999, and 2000, in which it ranked 50th.
  • The index type that New Mexico had the highest ranking in was S&P Credit Rating, in which it ranked 14th.
  • The index type that New Mexico had the lowest ranking in was Poverty Rate, in which it ranked 49th.
New Mexico SQLI 1992-2012
Index 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
24/7 Wall St Best/Worst Governed States N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 37 41 44
America's Health Rankings 33 31 23 29 31 31 32 32 35 35 36 31 30 29 38 38 28 31 34 32 32
CAFR Debt/GDP N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 34 37 41 35 30 32 31 N/A
Chief Executive Magazine Best and Worst States for Business Survey N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 23 24 16 29 34 29 32 33
CNBC Top States for Business N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 45 38 43 38 43 36
Forbes Best States for Business N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 29 26 15 27 35 32 43
Govt. Employment Share Population 47 47 47 47 47 47 47 47 47 47 47 47 47 47 47 47 47 47 47 46 47
Graduation Rate 39 38 42 39 38 39 39 43 45 42 40 40 42 41 46 41 42 42 48 45 48
Personal Income Per Capita 46 46 47 46 46 47 47 48 47 47 47 47 47 46 46 46 44 43 43 43 43
Poverty Rate 47 38 49 50 50 50 50 50 50 49 48 50 45 48 47 39 50 48 45 50 N/A
Real GDP per capita 45 38 33 36 37 38 43 40 42 42 41 41 40 40 40 41 42 39 40 41 N/A
S&P Credit Rating N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 11 11 10 10 10 10 10 12 12 12 13 14
State Govt. Spending/GDP 46 43 43 45 45 44 47 47 47 47 48 47 46 47 47 48 50 49 50 49 N/A
State & local tax burden 27 26 26 22 27 31 33 32 33 20 20 23 23 19 18 18 19 11 12 N/A N/A
Tax Freedom Day N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 21
Unemployment Rate 35 40 41 47 49 48 49 48 44 34 28 33 39 34 19 12 16 10 16 19 19
Unfunded Pension Liabilities per capita N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 35 37 41 N/A
Voter Turnout 44 30 30 41 41 23 23 43 43 36 36 31 31 26 26 35 35 25 25 42 42
Well-Being Index N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 5 31 23 24 25

Part 3: Partisanship and SQLI overlay

The chart below depicts the partisanship of the New Mexico state government and the state's SQLI ranking for the years studied. For the SQLI, the states were ranked from 1-50, with 1 being the best and 50 the worst. New Mexico experienced two Democratic trifectas during the years of the study, from 1992-1994 and from 2003-2010. The state finished in the bottom-10 during every year of the study. Its worst ranking, finishing 50th, occurred from 1999-2000, during a divided government. Its best ranking, finishing 41st, occurred in 2008, during a Democratic trifecta.

Chart displaying the partisanship of the New Mexico government from 1992-2013 and the State Quality of Life Index (SQLI).

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Footnotes

  1. Note: The average rank is compiled by adding up all years of rankings and then dividing by 21 to obtain the average state ranking. This average figure is ranked relative to the rest of the 49 states to derive an overall SQLI ranking.