The Libertarian Vote
Swing Voters, Tea Parties, and the Fiscally Conservative, Socially Liberal Center
About the Book
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. 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.
About the Authors
David Boaz is the executive vice president of the Cato Institute and the author of The Politics of Freedom and Libertarianism: A Primer. David Kirby is an associate policy analyst at the Cato Institute and a vice president at FreedomWorks. Emily Ekins is a Research Fellow at the Cato Institute and the Polling Director at Reason Foundation.