I don’t think the headline finding of this Pew poll is terribly interesting. But buried deep within it is something that I thought was somehow both surprising to me and yet a complete validation of one of my hobby horses. Specifically this:
More than four-in-ten independents (44%) react positively to the word “libertarian,” while 32% have a negative reaction. Democrats are nearly evenly divided (39% positive, 37% negative). However, Republicans on balance have a negative impression of this term (44% negative, 31% positive).
If libertarianism has a future with either of the two main political coalitions in this country, it is with the Left, not the Right.