New poll finds that Americans actually prefer libertarianism, smaller gov’t

Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, September 11, 2013

So much for Obamacare and other, similar big government programs: Americans would actually prefer a more libertarian style of government than the behemoth-like government Democrats want to create, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

The study, which was conducted by the polling company inc./WomanTrend on behalf of Freedomworks, found that 59 percent of likely American voters would prefer a smaller government that only provides a few services than one that is larger and provides lots of services. That number jumps to 65 percent when the issue of taxes is added in to the equation.

Even younger voters said that they prefer a smaller government with fewer services but lower taxes. Half of all young voters between the ages of 18-24 favor a smaller government with fewer services but lower taxes; the number rises to 64 percent among those aged 25 to 32.

“Different generational dynamics are in play among these so called ‘older young people,’ ages 25-32,” the 23-page report accompanying the findings states. “Many Millennials who are today ages 25-32 voted for the first time in 2008. Perhaps understandably many were swept up in the enthusiasm over President Obama. Pundits predicted a generational re-alignment towards progressivism would follow.”

It doesn’t help that Americans are skeptical of the size of the federal government given the many scandals that broke back in May and June, including the National Security Agency’s PRISM leak and the Internal Revenue Service’s unwarranted scrutiny of conservative organizations like Freedomworks. Six in ten voters surveyed said that the federal government has too much power, including 43 percent of independents.

“The perfect storm is being created between the NSA, the IRS, the implementation of Obamacare and now Syria,” the polling company inc./WomanTrend President and CEO Kellyanne Conway told POLITICO“People are looking at the government more suspiciously. They’re looking with deeper scrutiny and reasonable suspicion.”

The Freedomworks study also found that likely voters are more likely to consider themselves a libertarian once they understand the true definition of the philosophy. When originally prompted 65 percent of respondents said that they were not libertarians, however that number nearly flipped after they were told that libertarians ”believe 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.”

The polling company, inc./WomanTrend interviewed 1,000 registered voters nationwide via telephone on behalf of FreedomWorks from July 29 to Aug. 5. The margin of error for the study is +/- 3 percent at a 95 percent confidence level.


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