Tuesday’s election gave Democrats control of the House while leaving the Senate in Republican hands. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 36% of voters believe such divided government is bad for the nation.
Most voters, however, aren’t troubled by it at all. Twenty-nine percent (29%) believe that divided government is good for the nation. Another 35% consider it neither good nor bad.
In this environment, 38% believe it’s at least somewhat likely that the president and Congress will work together and pass bipartisan legislation to address serious national issues. However only 8% consider it Very Likely (see question wording and crosstab results).
This national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted November 7-8, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a demographic profile of our sample). The Margin of Error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
Thirty-six percent (36%) of women see divided government as bad while just 23% believe it is good. Men are evenly divided on the question. Younger voters are more likely than their elders to see it as a problem.
Republican voters are more likely than other voters to see divided government as bad. That may result from the fact that until Tuesday, Republicans controlled both the House and Senate (see question wording and crosstabs).
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