In accordance with current Republican messaging, Rasmussen's top political story right now is a poll that argues only 34% of the country thinks one-party rule is a good thing:
As Election Day 2008 approaches with the prospect of a Democrat in the White House and Democratic control of the Congress, only one-third (34%) of U.S. voters think rule by one political party is better for the country.
Forty-five percent (45%) say it's better if the White House and Congress are each run by a different political party, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Twenty-one percent (21%) are undecided.
With 21% undecided, and neither answer reaching a plurality, clearly this isn't a subject that the electorate has every put much thought into. This is much to the chagrin of both the McCain campaign, and concern troll, elitist "bi-partisan" pundits everywhere.
However, let's leave abstract questions about "one-party rule in D.C." aside for a moment, and actually look at how people vote in federal elections. This is not, after all, an abstract question. The same people who vote for President also vote for House and Senate. Maybe, rather than asking poll questions, we should actually check to see how people vote across these three offices. The percentage of people who do not vote for the same party in a single Presidential, Senate and House elections would be the actual number of people who oppose one-party rule in D.C.
In 2000, according to the Presidential exit poll, 85% of all voters chose one party for both President and Senate (no numbers were available for the House). In 2006, only 16% of the participants in the national House exit poll indicated that they were neither Kerry voters who voted Democratic for U.S. House, nor Bush voters who voted Republican for U.S. House (I can't find any comparable numbers for 2004).
So, there you have it. Only about 15%-16% the country is actually opposed to one-party rule in D.C., in that only about 15%-16% of the country doesn't vote straight party line for President, Senate and House. Five in six Americans have no problem with one-party rule, in that they vote for the same party for President, Senate and House.
That's not a very bi-partisan, anti-"one party rule" country, is it? Too bad that facts like these won't stop pundits from crowing about the supposed hatred of one-party rule in D.C.