Partisanship Divide in Congress is Larger Than Ever

Philip Bump: “There’s an index compiled by academics at VoteView.com which measures the partisanship of each member of the House and Senate in each Congress.”

“That allows us to plot each member of Congress since the beginning of the nation … You can probably see the trend in recent years: The two parties are moving apart — mostly as the Republicans grow more conservative. We can average out the parties’ scores over time and show the patterns of Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate since the dawn of the modern Republican party.”

 

 

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  • Democrats were very liberal in 1860 and not very liberal in 1930?

  • NonSequitur

    I think you fail to realize the republicans were a more progressive party in many ways if you go back that far.

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