The great political divide in Congress is only going to get wider. The National Journal recently rated this year’s Congress as the most divided since they started tracking in 1982. According to their projections, next year will be even more divided.
“The last couple of Congresses have been among the most polarized in history. This is just a continuation of that. There’s nothing that will break this [trend],” said Gary Jacobson, a University of California (San Diego) political scientist, who specializes in congressional politics. “Voters have been voting along party lines at the highest rate in 50 years; they expressed that vote at the congressional and presidential levels. It’s hard for members to win in districts where their party is not favored.”