Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Majority of Americans want less government, YouGov poll finds

'Libertarian-ish' is more popular than you think - Sam Rolley, Personal Liberty Digest:

April 13, 2015 - "According to a new poll from YouGov, a majority of Americans (51 percent) want to shrink the size of government. And a solid one-fifth of likely millennial voters identify as libertarians.

"The poll found that 20 percent of Americans ages 18-29 embrace the term 'libertarian' when describing their political views, while 39 percent reject the label. Forty-two percent said they are unsure whether they have libertarian views.

"Young Americans were more likely than any other group to accept libertarian values. Just 17 percent of 30- to 44-year-olds, 15 percent of 45- to 64-year-olds and 9 percent of those 65 and older said that their values aligned with libertarian principles.

"The libertarian Reason magazine said the polling results are a good sign for the future of libertarianism. 'Millennials, it seems, are increasingly willing to reconsider the awkward and inconsistent political pairings of their parents’ and grandparents’ generation. That’s why libertarianism has virtually replaced conservatism as the alternative to leftism for college students involved in political advocacy.'

"Americans who do have libertarian leaning are split almost equally between the Democratic (12 percent) and Republican (13 percent) parties. Independents were the most likely to self-identify as libertarian, with 19 percent embracing the characterization."

Read more: http://personalliberty.com/libertarian-ish-is-more-popular-than-you-think/
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