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Segmenting the Libertarian Vote: Tea Partiers, Civil Libertarians, and Libertarian Independents

by David Kirby

(Originally posted by Cato @ Liberty, republished under a Creative Commons license)

Last week, I posted data from the latest Reason-Rupe poll showing 77 percent of libertarians supporting Romney—the highest percentage share of the libertarian vote of any Republican presidential candidate since 1980.

Many commenters on Twitter and Facebook were horrified! Surely, many reasoned, this large vote share is a measure of antipathy for Obama rather than affinity for Romney. Others commented that any libertarian supporting Romney doesn’t deserve to be considered a “true” libertarian.

I wanted to reflect on this last comment. Who should count as a libertarian?  Read More