A NEW BOOK FROM THE LIBERTARIAN CATO INSTITUTE WITH THE 2012 ELECTIONS IN MIND.
The Libertarian Vote: Swing Voters, Tea Parties, and the Fiscally Conservative, Socially Liberal Center
The dominating theme of political commentary over the past decade has been that we are a nation divided – polarized, red vs. blue, liberal vs. conservative. But millions of American voters don’t fit neatly into liberal and conservative boxes.
Squarely in the center of the electorate is a substantial number of voters with the power to decide elections. Who are these voters? What are their beliefs, affiliations and loyalties?
The Libertarian Vote: Swing Voters, Tea Parties, and the Fiscally Conservative, Socially Liberal Center reveals that 10 to 20 percent of Americans are fiscally conservative and socially liberal—libertarian. And over the past decade, unlike loyal Democrats and Republicans, they have been swing voters.
They have contributed, for example, to the success of both the tea party and the gay marriage movement.
The Libertarian Vote provides some of the most pertinent and authoritative insights available on this substantial block of voters.
As the book demonstrates, the strength of libertarian voters, and their increasingly decisive role at the center of a divided electorate, remain underestimated and only superficially understood by many candidates and journalists.
Candidates and political strategists willing to look more carefully at them may very well discover a large group of voters energetically looking for a home. This year’s extremism that took over the Republican Party has driven out many Libertarians on issues like gay marriage, abortion, gun laws, while managing to hang on to them on taxes. The question which of the topics was more important to the individual