Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, New Mexico
The two major political parties claim that their policies will lead to better outcomes. What does the data show?
At Ballotpedia, we are exploring 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.
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.
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.
- 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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
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.
- Ballotpedia:Who runs the states
- Governor of New Mexico
- New Mexico State Senate
- New Mexico House of Representatives
- ↑ 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.
State of New Mexico
Santa Fe (capital)
|State executive officers||
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