Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, North Carolina
- 1 Background about the study
- 2 Part 1: Partisanship analysis
- 3 Part 2: State Quality of Life Index (SQLI)
- 4 Part 3: Partisanship and SQLI Overlay
- 5 See also
- 6 External links
- 7 Footnotes
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 North Carolina performed in the study.
Background about the study
- See also: Ballotpedia: Who Runs the States
Part One examines the partisanship of state government from 1992-2013. Part Two establishes a State Quality of Life Index (SQLI), aggregating a variety of existing state indices into one measurement. Part Three will overlay the two reports, looking for trends and correlations.
Part 1: Partisanship analysis
North Carolina Governor
From 1992 to 2013, North Carolina had Democratic governors in office for 20 years while there were Republican governors in office the two years, including the final year (2013). North Carolina is one of seven states that were run by a Democratic governor for more than 80 percent of the years between 1992-2013. North Carolina was under a Republican trifecta for the final year of the study period.
Across the country, there were 493 years of Democratic governors (44.82%) and 586 years of Republican governors (53.27%) from 1992-2013.
Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states have divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.
North Carolina Senate
From 1992 to 2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the North Carolina State Senate for the first 19 years while the Republicans were the majority for the last three years. The North Carolina State Senate is one of 16 state senates that was Democratic for more than 80 percent of the years between 1992 and 2013. The final three years of the study depicted a shift in the North Carolina senate with the final year being a Republican trifecta.
Across the country, there were 541 Democratic and 517 Republican state senates from 1992 to 2013.
North Carolina House of Representatives
From 1992 to 2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the North Carolina State House of Representatives for 15 years while the Republicans were the majority for seven years. The final three years of the study depicted a shift from Democratic to Republican control in the North Carolina House with the final year being a Republican trifecta.
Across the country, there were 577 Democratic and 483 Republican state houses of representatives from 1992 to 2013.
Partisan control changes
There were five partisan control changes in North Carolina during the study period. The average number of changes in the 50 states was four, putting North Carolina slightly higher than the average.
Part 2: State Quality of Life Index (SQLI)
North Carolina’s average ranking over the course of the study period was 30.43, which puts it at 31 in the overall SQLI ranking.
- The year that North Carolina had the highest ranking was 2011, in which it ranked 11th.
- The year that North Carolina had the lowest ranking was 2003, in which it ranked 41st.
- The index type that North Carolina had the highest ranking in was S&P Credit Rating, in which it ranked 1st.
- The index type that North Carolina had the lowest ranking in was Graduation Rate, in which it ranked 41st.
|North Carolina 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||23||19||27|
|America's Health Rankings||37||41||32||33||37||37||35||38||38||39||39||39||40||37||35||37||37||37||35||35||33|
|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||5||3||4||3||2||2||2||3|
|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||5||6||9||4||3||4|
|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||3||3||4||5||3||3||4|
|Govt. Employment Share Population||21||22||22||23||22||22||24||25||23||22||22||20||23||23||23||22||23||23||20||20||22|
|Personal Income Per Capita||31||30||30||29||29||28||30||29||30||31||34||37||35||34||34||36||37||35||36||37||38|
|Real GDP per capita||24||24||21||24||27||21||21||20||20||19||21||24||25||23||23||25||27||27||26||26||N/A|
|S&P Credit Rating||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1|
|State Govt. Spending/GDP||12||11||14||15||15||15||17||15||18||18||16||17||18||19||12||14||13||12||12||12||N/A|
|State & local tax burden||30||29||30||30||25||27||29||29||28||32||32||30||30||33||34||36||37||35||34||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||17|
|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||3||6||4||N/A|
Part 3: Partisanship and SQLI Overlay
The chart below depicts the partisanship of the North Carolina 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. During the years of the study, North Carolina experienced many years under a Democratic trifecta, from 1993-1994 and from 1999-2010. In 2013, however, this trend switched, and the state experienced a Republican trifecta instead. North Carolina's SQLI rating was in the 30s for most of the years of the study, with its lowest ranking in 2003, finishing 41st. However, in more recent years of the study, the state's ranking improved. Its highest ranking was 11th in 2011 during a divided government.
- SQLI average with Democratic trifecta: 30.08
- SQLI average with Republican trifecta: N/A
- SQLI average with divided government: 30.89
- Ballotpedia:Who runs the states
- Governor of North Carolina
- North Carolina State Senate
- North Carolina 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 North Carolina
|State executive officers||
Governor | Lieutenant Governor | Attorney General | Secretary of State | Treasurer | State Auditor | Superintendent of Public Instruction | Commissioner of Insurance | Commissioner of Agriculture | Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources | Commissioner of Labor | Chairman of Utilities |