Voting and Democracy Index: 1995

Surprising Statistics from Recent Elections

The Center for Voting and Democracy

        Years Republican Party has held U.S. presidency since 1958: 22. Years it has held over 44% of seats in House of Reps. since 1958: 1. Years it has controlled congressional redistricting in majority of states since 1958: 0.

        Number of Republicans who won House seats in 1994 previously held by Democrats: 56. Number outspent by Democrats in these races: 38. Number who won in districts Bill Clinton won with a majority in 1992: 1. Percentage of all House seats won by Republicans in districts that Bill Clinton won with a majority: 4%.

        Number of 1994 House races won by at least 20%: 278. Number of House races won by at least 40%: 149. Voter turnout in races won by less than 20%: 40%. Voter turnout in contested races won by 40% or more: 35%.

        Number of 56 seats gained by Republicans in 1994 where winning Republican had more votes than the losing Republican candidate in that district in 1992: 17

        Voter turnout in North Carolina in 1992: 52.0%. North Carolina turnout in 1994 with no statewide race: 27.6%

        Percentage of eligible U.S. voters in 1994 who elected a Member of House: 22%. Percent of eligible German voters in 1994 who elected a member of their parliament: 76%.

        Percentage of uncontested seats in Florida's 1994 House races: 48%. Percentage of seats in state legislative elections in 1994 in Kentucky with only one major party candidate (effectively uncontested): 68%. Percentage of elections with only one major party candidate in all state legislative races around the nation in 1994: 35.8%.

        Number of U.S. House seats that political insiders called competitive in 1994: 105. Percentage of voters thus living in congressional districts without competitive elections in 1994: 76%.

        Percentage of Americans who in 10/94 said their Member in U.S. House of Representatives deserved re-election: 37%. Percentage of eligible voters who helped elect a Member of the House in 11/94: 23%. Percentage of House incumbents re-elected in 11/94: 91%.

        Percentage of eligible voters who voted for Republican House candidates in 1994: 18%. Percentage of Americans who said after the election that Republicans will do a better job running Congress than Democrats: 31%.

        Percentage of Americans in 3/95 supporting formation of "full-fledged" new party: 54%. Number of 1,935 state senate seats around U.S. held by third parties: 0. Number of 5,440 state house seats held by third parties: 3.

        Number of states with no women Members of Congress: 26. Number with no racial minorities in Congress: 26.

        Percentage of women in U.S. Congress: 11%. Percentage of women in seats in Germany's parliament that were elected in single-member districts: 13%. Percent women in Germany in seats elected by PR: 39%. Percentage of women elected in single-member districts in Italy in 1994: 9.1%. Percentage elected in PR seats: 33.5%

        Percentage of vote Mexican president Ernesto Zedillo received in 1994: 50.1%. Percentage of seats his PRI party won in the 300 single-member district seats: 92.3%.

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