Remember when Democrats hated one-party rule?

Americans’ Preference Shifts Toward One-Party Government

A record-high 38% of Americans prefer that the same party control the presidency and Congress, while a record-low 23% say it would be better if the president and Congress were from different parties and 33% say it doesn’t make any difference. While Americans tend to lean toward one-party government over divided government in presidential election years, this year finds the biggest gap in preferences for the former over the latter and is a major shift in views from one year ago.


Opinions on divided government have fluctuated over the years. When one party controlled both Congress and the presidency in 2006 and 2010, Gallup found near-historical lows supporting one-party rule. This suggests Americans may simply tend to prefer what they don’t have or see problems in whatever the current situation is. At least one chamber of Congress changed hands in the subsequent elections, and the increase in support for one-party government in 2008 foreshadowed an election that would give the Democrats sole control of the presidency and both houses of Congress.


Democrats (49%) are now more likely than Republicans (36%) or independents (28%) to favor one-party government. There may be several reasons for this. Democrats currently control the presidency and many Democrats may be frustrated that President Barack Obama cannot enact his legislative agenda without the help of a sympathetic Congress. Also, Democrats are more likely than Republicans to express faith in the federal government’s ability to handle domestic problems. Insofar as politically unified executive and legislative branches ease the passage of laws and the implementation of policies designed to solve national problems, Democrats would view this as a positive development. Republicans also favor one-party control over divided government, but by a smaller margin of 36% to 27%. Independents are split in their preferences between one-party (28%) and divided (30%) government.

Democrats’ preference for unified government rose significantly this year — to 49%, compared with 35% last year. Independents also became more favorable to one-party government this year, up seven percentage points compared with 2011. Republicans did not see a significant change.

It seems to me that the preference for one-party rule kinda depends on which party you think will be on top. If your party is on the outs divided government sounds a lot better. For most of my life Congress and the White house have been split between the parties.

The Democrats controlled both branches from 1961 until 1969 (8 years), 1977 until 1981 (4 years), 1993-1994 (2 years) and 2009-2011 (2 years). That’s 16 years. There was also about four years during the George W. Bush administration where the Republicans controlled both branches. The rest of the time at least one house of Congress was controlled by the party that did not hold the White House.

There were several months during the Obama administration where the Democrats held the White House and held a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. The result of that was a massive GOP landslide in the 2010 midterms.

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27 Responses to Remember when Democrats hated one-party rule?

  1. myiq2xu says:

    Even worse than Obama getting reelected would be Obama getting reelected and the Democrats regaining control of Congress.

  2. myiq2xu says:

    The SF Giants win their final home game of the 2012 regular season. They finish the season in San Diego and LA.

    They are 48-33 at home this year.

  3. The more I read, the more I become convinced there is an epidemic of stupid in this country.
    When I think of one party rule the first thing that comes to mind is the old Soviet Union. Then the Taliban.
    No thanks.
    Keep em divided and they cause much less damage.

  4. HELENK says:

    what I am wondering is if the people that were polled were so fed up with the democratic party they wanted to run them out of town on a rail. Many like me want to vote every democrat out of office now. I am not a republican and do not want the republicans to have all the power either,
    Both parties need to be cleaned out. Too many stayed too long at the fair and forgot who they represent. Right now it is the democrats turn to be cleaned out. it started in 2010 and hopefully it will finish in 2012.
    Then in 2014 you start with the republican party.
    maybe then they will get the message and clean up their acts. They need to remember they work for us and can be fired. Fear in a politician is a wonderful thing

  5. DeniseVB says:

    Ann Coulter on The View transcript. My gawd those women are vile, even Hasselbeck seemed to pile on…..

    • yttik says:

      Yeah, I know. Ann Coulter is the most evilest thing ever. Savages however, deserve our respect and should never even have their feelings hurt.

    • elliesmom says:

      The thing I thought was telling about the whole thing was that she had been invited on to discuss her book, and apparently none of them had read it.

  6. DeniseVB says:

    SEIU pays Romney protestors $11 an hour.

    • elliesmom says:

      I’d protest at an Obama rally for free.

      • HELENK says:

        this is not the first time they have done this. nice to know where the union dues go

        • yttik says:

          I’m so pissed. My union dues have gone towards contracting with a huge international corporation that has lost my license in a “secure confidential facility” somewhere and cannot issue another one for 8 weeks. I can’t work without it.

  7. HELENK says:

    US arabs overwhelming support backtrack
    copts and arab christians not so much

    gee I wonder why

  8. yttik says:

    I continue to hate one party rule, but I’d like to see a Republican sweep just so Democrats remember why we don’t support one party rule.

    • angienc says:


      Also, maybe the next time a mid-term ends up in a “shellacking” of the majority party by the minority party, the guy in the White House will know the answer is to behave like an adult & COMPROMISE not issue fucking executive order after executive order.

  9. elliesmom says:

    I don’t know if anyone has posted this link yet, but it’s a fun read, and you can even be math phobic. And read all the way to end.

  10. foxyladi14 says:

    Both parties need to be cleaned out.Term limits. đŸ™‚

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