It turns out (according to Rasmussen Reports), Libertarians are lining up for Obama:
Libertarian voters make up 4% of the nation’s likely voters and they favor Barack Obama over John McCain by a 53% to 38% margin.
This may come as a shock to some people (those mistakingly believing Libertarians are conservative), but to those understanding Libertarian philosophy (and Ron Paul), it makes perfect sense — there are three areas to conservatism (or liberalism, if you prefer):
- Foreign Policy
- Social Policy
- Fiscal Policy
Libertarians will generally be liberal on foreign policy (isolationist, anti-military, many are anti-Israel, etc), and liberal on social policy (legalize drugs and so on), while conservative fiscally (return to gold standard, etc).
If you listened to Ron Paul, he’s a textbook Libertarian — liberal on foreign policy and social policy, while fiscally conservative.
Thus, the only surprise in Rasmussen’s poll is Libertarians weight liberal social and foreign policy higher than conservative fiscal policy; Obama agrees with Libertarians on foreign policy and social policy (both quite liberal), while disagreeing with the conservative fiscal policy Libertarians support.
It’s what we’ve said all along, Libertarians align more with the Dennis Kucinich wing of the Democratic party (and Obama), much more than the Reagan wing of the Republican party.
You can like Libertarian philosophy or not, but it’s definitely not conservative.