Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, Part One: State Partisanship
By Geoff Pallay
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 is Part One, examining the partisanship of state government from 1992-2013. Part two will establish a State Quality of Life Index (SQLI), aggregating a variety of existing state indices into one measurement. Part Three will then overlay the two reports, looking for trends and correlations.
To view the full PDF of the report, click here.
- Executive Summary
- State Partisanship Analysis • Partisan Control of Governorships
- Partisan Control of State Legislatures
- Partisan Control of State Senates
- Partisan Control of State Houses • State Government Trifectas
- Overall Partisan Control: Bright, Medium and Soft States • Dramatic changes in partisanship from the first 11 years to the last 11 years
- Year-to-Year Changes in State Partisan Control
- Trifectas and Presidential Election Patterns
- Appendix A
- Appendix B
|Figure 10: Visualization of Trifectas from 1992-2013 -- Alabama-Missouri|
|Figure 11: Visualization of Trifectas from 1992-2013 -- Montana-Wyoming|
|Figure 19: Visualization of State Partisanship (with Presidential voting) from 1992-2013 -- Alabama-Missouri|
|Figure 20: Visualization of State Partisanship (with Presidential voting) from 1992-2013 -- Montana-Wyoming|
|Infographic of Partisanship Results|