The libertarian philosophy is taking the Republican Party by storm, according to a poll conducted by FreedomWorks, a DC-based grassroots service center with over 6 million members.
With Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) and many other liberty-minded politicians gaining influence, libertarianism has generated new interest inside the Republican Party, much to the chagrin of the GOP’s political establishment.
Though still not a dominate view inside the party, there is no denying that the narrative inside the Republican Party has significantly changed. Moreover, libertarians have an opportunity upon which they can seize, if they’re willing to work within the system.
“FreedomWorks’ poll shows that 41 percent of Republican voters hold libertarian views. Conventional wisdom is that many voters who are libertarian don’t know the word. But this may well be changing,” noted David Kirby, Kellyanne Conway, and Stephen Spiker in the report on the data.
“FreedomWorks’ poll shows that 42 percent of Republicans have a favorable view of the word ‘libertarian,’ and only 10 percent don’t know the word, compared to 27 percent who don’t know nationally,” they added.
And the term “libertarian” may still turn off some Republican voters, the basic message of the philosophy earns significant favor. The poll found that 68% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents agree with the statement that “individuals should be free to do as they like as long as they don’t hurt others, and that the government should keep out of people’s day-to-day lives.”
What’s more, an eye-popping 78% of Republicans consider themselves to be “fiscally conservative, but socially moderate,” which is a significant finding given the debate in the GOP on social issues.
Looking outside of just the Republican box, the poll found that 66% of respondents consider themselves to fiscally conservative and socially moderate.
These numbers show that the libertarian message is appealing, not only to Republican voters, but also to all Americans; further advancing the case for conservative-libertarian fusionism as a way to promote free market ideals, limited government, and personal liberty.
The poll was wide-ranging, asking many different questions about various matters of public policy, opinions on the free market versus an active government, and President Barack Obama.
The report on the data presents various, detailed findings compared with previous polls conducted by other firms. FreedomWorks has also split the data along various demographic groups, including black voters and Millennials, those between the ages of 18 and 32.
One of the more interesting findings is that a majority of Millennials favor a smaller government with fewer services over an active government that does more. The poll also found that a majority of this voting block doesn’t think it’s fair that they will have to pay more for health insurance coverage to subsidize the elderly.
This nationwide poll of 1,000 registered voters was conducted on behalf of FreedomWorks by The Polling Company and WomanTrend between July 29 and August 5. It has a margin of error of +/- 3%. The topline data for the poll is available here. FreedomWorks’ report on the poll can be read below.