Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, New Hampshire

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Who Runs the States

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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 Hampshire 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

New Hampshire Governor

From 1992 to 2013, there were Democratic governors in office for 15 years, including the last nine, while there were Republican governors in office for seven years.

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.

New Hampshire Senate

From 1992 to 2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the New Hampshire State Senate for six years while the Republicans were the majority for 16 years. The New Hampshire senate had a Republican majority for the study's final three years.

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

New Hampshire House of Representatives

From 1992-2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the New Hampshire State House of Representatives for five years while the Republicans were the majority for 17 years.

Across the country, there were 579 Democratic and 482 Republican State Houses of Representatives from 1992 to 2013.

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

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

Partisan control changes

There were eight partisan control changes in New Hampshire during the study period. The average number of changes in the 50 states was four, putting New Hampshire higher than the average.

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New Hampshire government pie chart 1992-2013.png
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Part 2: State Quality of Life Index (SQLI)

New Hampshire’s average ranking over the course of the study period was 2.00, which puts it at 1 in the overall SQLI ranking.[1]

  • The years that New Hampshire had the highest ranking were 1994-1996, 1998-2005, and 2008, in which it ranked 1st.
  • The year that New Hampshire had the lowest ranking was 2012, in which it ranked 7th.
  • The index type that New Hampshire had the highest ranking in was Poverty Rate, in which it ranked 1st.
  • The index type that New Hampshire had the lowest ranking in was Unfunded Pension Liabilities Per Capita, in which it ranked 33rd.
New Hampshire 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 8 13 14
America's Health Rankings 8 4 5 2 3 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 6 5 6 6 5 3 2 3
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 3 3 3 2 4 3 5 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 15 15 15 14 18 18 18 26
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 24 27 21 19 17 19
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 18 14 20 19 19 27 32
Govt. Employment Share Population 7 8 11 6 8 8 8 8 6 6 9 13 11 14 13 14 16 16 17 15 17
Graduation Rate 27 22 20 16 16 21 19 31 19 21 24 12 14 15 18 20 17 11 12 9 7
Personal Income Per Capita 12 13 10 10 7 7 7 6 6 7 6 6 6 10 10 9 9 9 8 9 9
Poverty Rate 2 7 2 1 1 8 14 7 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 N/A
Real GDP per capita 20 20 23 20 17 27 23 21 19 20 19 21 20 20 22 23 22 23 21 20 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 20 18 17 20 21 24 26 26 28 29
State Govt. Spending/GDP 17 14 18 9 9 7 6 6 10 7 9 15 14 13 11 12 14 11 14 11 N/A
State & local tax burden 20 18 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 5 7 6 5 6 7 7 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 31
Unemployment Rate 36 25 13 8 7 3 4 4 3 8 12 9 8 6 11 13 7 5 4 4 8
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 37 30 30 N/A
Voter Turnout 11 40 40 15 15 35 35 7 7 11 11 5 5 28 28 3 3 17 17 4 4
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 16 12 15 9 8

Part 3: Partisanship and SQLI overlay

The chart below depicts the partisanship of the New Hampshire 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 Hampshire experienced both Democratic and Republican trifectas during the years of the study. Two Republican trifectas occurred in the first years of the study, from 1992-1996 and from 2003-2004. The state then shifted and had a Democratic trifecta from 2007-2010. New Hampshire ranked high in the SQLI, finishing in the top-10 every year of the study, and in 1st over half of the years of the study. The state finished 1st during both Democratic and Republican trifectas as well as during years of divided government. Its lowest rankings occurred in the last two years of the study, when the government was divided.

  • SQLI average with Democratic trifecta: 2.00
  • SQLI average with Republican trifecta: 1.71
  • SQLI average with divided government: 2.20
Chart displaying the partisanship of the New Hampshire government from 1992-2013 and the State Quality of Life Index (SQLI).

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Additional information

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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.