Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, Nebraska
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 Nebraska performed in the study.
- Over the past 22 years, the Nebraska government has had seven years of Democratic governors and 15 of Republican governors.
- All 15 years of Republican governors have come in the last 15 years consecutively.
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.
State government analysis
From 1992 to 2013, Nebraska had Democratic governors in office for the first seven years while there were Republican governors in office for the last 15 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.
With a non-partisan legislature, Nebraska’s Senate was controlled neither by the Democrats nor the Republicans during this 22-year study period.
Across the country, there were 544 Democratic and 517 Republican State Senates from 1992-2013.
Partisan control changes
There was one partisan control change in Nebraska during the study period. The average number of changes in the 50 states was four, putting Nebraska less than the average.
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