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Record Number of Americans Prefer One-Party Government

Saturday, September 29, 2012


A record 38 percent of Americans would like the same party to control the presidency and Congress, while a record low 23 percent prefer that the White House and Congress be controlled by different parties. The same Gallup Poll found that 33 percent of Americans believe it doesn’t make any difference.

The poll found that Democrats (49 percent) were more likely to prefer one-party government than Republicans (36 percent) or independents (28 percent).

“There may be several reasons for this,” Gallup said. “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.”

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