Part III of the study will analyze correlation between the SQLI and Trifecta control. But we can see where this is going based on the results published so far. Any guesses as to which party’s Trifecta correlates with higher quality of life?
The graphics below show just what an awkward matchup it becomes. (SQLI of 1 = best). The examples of Illinois and Texas, which show the most stark contrast, reveal the value of the SQLI/Trifecta analysis. Illinois shows bright red (meaning full Republican Trifecta) for 1995 and 1996, and a paler red when there was GOP control but no Trifecta for the years 1992 -2002, not including 95-96. During this time, the SQLI remained under 20, and reached its peak of between 5-9 in the years immediately following red Trifectas. When the bright blue Democrat Trifecta domination kicked off in 2003, the SQLI numbers plummeted.
Conversely, we see in Texas that as the red took over, culminating in Trifecta from 2003 onward, the SQLI soared. Awkward.
We all know Illinois is on the dung heap of states in terms of its corruption, big government, and Chicago problem. But looking to the control of state offices shows just how meaningful our state elections are. Rather than focusing solely on how a state turns out for federal elections, we should look to the influence of state elections. We all know the Republican party has its problems but give me a state governed with a Red Trifecta any day.
The science is in. You don’t want to be a science denier, do you?