Gridlock Losing Its Charm

In an interesting sign that Americans have learned something by watching Washington during the last two years, Gallup’s Andrew Dugan reports rapidly rising support for one-party as opposed to divided control of the federal 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.

Now if only we could get people informed and interested in filibuster reform.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.