Poll: Republicans embracing libertarian priorities

A new poll confirms a libertarian renaissance in 2013.

FreedomWorks commissioned a national survey of registered voters last month, shared first with POLITICO, that finds 78 percent of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents self-identify as fiscally conservative and socially moderate.

It’s not that Republicans are suddenly self-identifying as “libertarians” and devouring Ayn Rand novels, but more that they seem to be embracing underlying libertarian priorities and views about the role of government.

Told that libertarians generally 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, 58 percent of the full national sample said they agree.

A slight majority, 52 percent, said government should not promote any particular set of values, compared with 40 percent who think government should promote “traditional values.”

Les républicains, à 52% contre 40%, pensent que le gouvernement ne devrait pas imposer ses valeurs.

Les péquistes, à 80% contre 10%, pensent que le gouvernement devrait imposer ses « valeurs québécoises ».

Désormais, les péquistes n’ont plus le droit de traiter les républicains de racistes…