Does this poll show Romney getting the highest support from libertarians in recent memory because of his staunch support for freedom? Or - is it because Obama is achieving records for the worst in recent memory?
My guess is that it is much more the latter than the former But - however you interpret the data, this is clear. Those of us who cherish freedom and the protections we have enshrined in our Constitution and laws that flow from that appreciate this: freedom is in critical danger from another four years of Obama and his administration.
The Reason-Rupe September 2012 poll includes our favorite ideological questions to differentiate libertarians from liberals and conservatives. Using three questions, we can define libertarians as respondents who believe “the less government the better,” who prefer the “free market” to handle problems, and who want government to “favor no particular set of values.” These fiscally conservative, socially liberal voters represent 20% of the public in the Reason-Rupe poll, in line with previous estimates.
Among these likely libertarian voters, the presidential horserace currently stands:
Romney’s share of the libertarian vote represents a high water mark for Republican presidential candidates in recent elections.