Libertarians represent a persistent strand of values in American history and culture. They highly value personal liberty, freedom of choice, and minimal government. Their ideological stance leads to distinctive opinions about a range of social and political issues.
Who do they want to win the Oval Office in 2016?
Libertarians were not happy that Obama won a second term in 2012. Eight of ten said they supported Mitt Romney, according to the new Public Religion Research Institute poll we’ve consulted all week. We’ve discussed libertarians’ likeness to the colonial Sons of Liberty; their permissive attitudes about guns, marijuana, and pornography; the communalists, who are the opposite of libertarians; and the kind of God libertarians envision. Today, we consider libertarian visions of the presidential future.
Consider Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio, as well as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. All are possible candidates for the nation’s highest office. Who is currently the libertarian favorite?
Paul is the current favorite, with 56% of libertarians having a favorable view of the junior Senator from Kentucky. Christie comes next, with 44% of libertarians giving him a positive rating. Florida’s junior Senator, Rubio, is third, with 41% of libertarians viewing him favorably. Finally, 39% of libertarians give Texas’s junior Senator, Cruz, thumbs up.
As this week ends, I am left wondering about the role of libertarians. Though few in number, perhaps their greatest influence is to remind us of the importance of the American themes of liberty, freedom, free will, and choice.
Are you a libertarian?
If not, do you see value in their ideology?