Steve G.

Rasmussen: Majority of small l libertarians planning to vote for Obama

In Barack Obama, Democrats, Libertarian, Libertarian Party-US, Libertarian Politics, Politics, Republican on July 24, 2008 at 10:14 pm


Rasmussen
reports that

Libertarian voters make up 4% of the nation’s likely voters and they favor Barack Obama over John McCain by a 53% to 38% margin. Three percent (3%) would vote for some other candidate and 5% are not sure. These results, from an analysis of 15,000 Likely Voter interviews conducted by Rasmussen Reports, challenges the conventional wisdom which assumes that strong support for a Libertarian candidate would hurt John McCain.

In June, Rasmussen Reports asked 15,000 Likely Voters if they were fiscally conservative, moderate, or liberal and if they were socially conservative, moderate, or liberal. This created a total of 16 possible combinations (not sure was a fourth option for both questions). However, 87% of voters fit into one of seven combinations. Libertarians, defined as fiscally conservative and socially liberal, are the smallest of these seven combinations.

  1. I don’t get why any small L libertarian would vote for Obama. Not that McCain is good fiscally, but Obama…well I can hardly bear to think of the economy in that case.

  2. Small l libertarians are turned off by the Libertarian Party due to its rightward Ron Paul/Bob Barr lurch, and the right wing orientation of a lot of the loudest commentators and “luminaries.”

    Lots of small-l libertarians base their libertarianism on social issues, rather than economic issues, and those libertarians typically aren’t welcomed by the Libertarian Party. Heck, social-issues-oriented small-l libertarians INSIDE the Libertarian Party (exhibit a: myself) often get told we’re “not real libertarians” because we’re not on board with 9/11 conspiracy dreck or mandatory gold coins.

    The irony is that those self-described “real” libertarians then go on to support Republicans inside and outside the LP and screech angrily when those GOPers sell them down the river as well.

    As the Talking Heads song goes, “same as it ever was.”

  3. Lots of small-l libertarians base their libertarianism on social issues, rather than economic issues, and those libertarians typically aren’t welcomed by the Libertarian Party.

    This is the #1 problem with the LP.

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