Senate Facebook

Partisanship in Washington has only grown worse over time. So how better to track that than through Facebook-like network analysis diagrams?

If you look at senators who voted with other senators at least 50% of the time and at least 75% of the time, and compare those numbers to numbers over a decade ago, you can see there is a lot less bipartisanship in 2013.

Compare 2013…

75 percent shared votes in 2013
75 percent shared votes in 2013
50 percent shared votes in 2013
50 percent shared votes in 2013

to 2001.

75 percent shared votes in 2001
75 percent shared votes in 2001
50 percent shared votes in 2001
50 percent shared votes in 2001

Sad but fascinating.

Credit for the piece goes to Chris Wilson.

Author: Brendan Barry

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