Get Political Wire by Email:



February 06, 2014


Most Divided Congress Ever

Congress in 2013 was more polarized than any Congress since National Journal began calculating its ratings in 1982.

"For the fourth straight year, no Senate Democrat was more conservative than a Senate Republican--and no Senate Republican was more liberal than a Senate Democrat. In the House, only two Democrats were more conservative than a Republican--and only two Republicans were more liberal than a Democrat. The ideological overlap between the parties in the House was less than in any previous index."

"The ideological sorting of the House and Senate by party, which has been going on for more than three decades, is virtually complete. Contrast the lack of ideological overlap with 1982, when 58 senators and 344 House members had voting records that put them between the most liberal Republican and the most conservative Democrat; or 1994, when 34 senators and 252 House members occupied the same territory."












POLITICAL WIRE PODCAST

Political Wire Podcast Engaging conversations about elections and the political issues of the day. Subscribe via iTunes or RSS to get episodes automatically downloaded.


FREE NEWSLETTER




TRENDING VIDEO



PARTNERS











FOLLOW US