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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

I've always wondered ...

... how many we are:

In a 2010 paper, Cato concluded that libertarians "are increasingly a swing vote ... a bigger share of the electorate than the much discussed 'soccer moms' of the 1990s or 'NASCAR dads' of the early 2000s, and bigger than many of the micro-targeted groups pursued by political strategists in the 2004 and 2008 elections."

Many of these voters would describe themselves as independents, a group that both candidates desperately need in order to win, said Samples. The libertarian view of limited government and free market economics usually pushes these voters toward Republican candidates, even if their social views are more in line with the Democratic Party.

I know that the conventional wisdom is the the 'independent' vote is much less engaged than partisans, but I've always wondered how much of htat is due to the fact that you can't trust what either mainstream party says ...


1 comment:

Old NFO said...

I'm leaning farther and farther in that direction... sigh