Overwhelmingly, the American people think it would be better for one party to control both Congress and the White House. Apparently, the last two years of continuous fighting between President Obama and House Republicans as they stumbled from one artificially created crisis to the next has convinced voters that divided government only results in crippling gridlock. From Quinnipiac:
Thinking about the major problems facing this country today do you think Washington is more likely to make progress on them after the 2012 election if one party controls the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives, or if control of the White House, the Senate, and the House and Representatives is divided between the parties?
One party controls – 60%
Control divided – 25%
DK/NA – 15%
It is a widespread opinion, with a large majority of Republicans, Democrats and Independents all thinking one-party control would be more effective.
Not only do voters think one-party control would result in more efficient government, but Gallup also recently found that a large plurality of Americans want one party to win full control this election.
This is an important shift in how the American electorate thinks about the consequences of federal elections. Americans have already been trending more towards party-line voting and this could significantly accelerate the process this cycle.
It will be interesting to see what impact this has on Congressional elections. Polling shows voters thinking President Obama will win a second term, so some may think the only way to get one-party control would be to support Democratic candidates for Congress.