In the United States' 2020 Presidential election, it appears as if Joe Biden and the Democrats have won the presidency, however as of writing this, have lost 5 seats in the house, and will likely lose more once the rest of the votes are counted.

How common is it for this type of behaviour to happen when a president is defeated by an opposing party? I would assume that typically the senate/house roughly reflect the presidency.

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No, it's not uncommon. It happened in 2016, 2000, 1992, and 1988.

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    ie, the first election for Trump, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George HW Bush, respectively. So every single new President in the last 32 years EXCEPT Obama.
    – Michael W.
    Commented Nov 6, 2020 at 23:37
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    One also wonders if at least some of this is not tactical voting: don't like Trump, but worried about Dem proposals to pack Supreme Court. Easiest way is then to vote pro-Biden, but pro Rep congress. Commented Nov 7, 2020 at 3:01
  • @ItalianPhilosophers4Monica yeah I definitely see the election as a vote for normalcy, to vote out Trump and his perceived behavioral problems, and the Democrats and their perceived embrace of far-left ideologies Commented Nov 9, 2020 at 18:05

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