Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, Partisanship Results, Conclusion
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 contains the section of the report pertaining to the Conclusion.
Over the past 22 years, it has become increasingly more likely that a state government will be under the control of one party. More state legislatures now have both legislative chambers controlled by a single party than at any other time during these years. Twice as many states have a governor and majorities in both legislative chambers from the same party today as did in 1992. Single-party control of the redistricting process in many states aimed at protecting current legislative majorities seems likely to perpetuate or create even more hyper-partisan state governments. Although voters appear less likely to vote for candidates from the same party in both legislative and gubernatorial elections, a number of states continue to vote differently in state and presidential elections.
How the increase in single-party control impacts implementation of public policy in the states will be tested in the years ahead. Media reports have highlighted the increasingly partisan nature of state governments. Blue states are passing legislation that is more progressive, while red states are implementing policy that is more conservative. As the stark contrasts between the types of government grow, who runs the states will become a more important issue to observe at the state level.