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Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, Partisanship Results, Year-to-Year Changes in State Partisan Control

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Who Runs the States

Main Report Pages
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 contains the section of the report pertaining to the Year-to-Year Changes in State Partisan Control.

Year-to-Year Changes in State Partisan Control

In addition to the simple number of years each party was in control, we took into account the stability of the government’s partisan composition over time. We considered a partisan control change to have taken place when the partisan status of the legislature, governorship, or both changed. From 1992 to 2013, partisan control of each state government could have changed a maximum of 21 times.

State governments had 206 changes in party control, with an average of 9.8 changes annually nationwide. On average, the partisan status of each state’s government changed 4 times, approximately once every five years. Utah had the most stable government with no changes in its Republican trifecta control during this period. Idaho and Massachusetts each had only one change in party control. Nebraska, for which we were only able to track changes in partisan control of its governorship, also had one change. Wisconsin’s government had the most changes in partisan control with a total of nine changes. The Badger State’s party control changed nearly every two years. New Hampshire and North Carolina each had eight changes, followed by Colorado and Virginia with seven each.

Figure 18: Map showing the states with the most and least number of changes in control from 1992-2013

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