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CNN Poll Finds Some Embracing Libertarian Stances

June 22, 2011 by  

Poll reveals more leaning toward Libertarian viewsIt appears that some Americans are leaning more toward Libertarian views than they have in the past.

According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll, there was an uptick on two answers in the poll that were Libertarian in nature.

The first essentially asked if the government should be doing more to help people, or if problems should be left to citizens and businesses to solve.

Last year, 61 percent of the respondents said the government was doing too much, which is a view shared by Libertarians. This year, that percentage increased to 63 percent.

The second question asked if the United States government should promote traditional values in society or if the government should not favor any set of values. The poll showed an increase from 44 percent to 50 percent saying the government should not favor any set values.

CNN used the Opinion Research Corp. to conduct the poll, which was done June 3-7 of this year and involved interviews with 1,105 adult Americans.

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  • Darrell March

    The government doing too much is not just a libertarian view. It is an American patriotic view.

  • steve in AZ

    Since the gubmint has proven it can’t do ANYTHING right, let’s have it do just as little as possible.

    • wandamurline

      They would have a lot less to do if the government was adhering to the Constitution and the small list of items that they have the authority in which to be involved. Half of the department of the government need to be defunded and hung out to dry, was the government had no authority to involve themselves in them in the first place.


    Libertarians are beginning to look like the “What the hell” bunch, the assumption that all will find their own level of resposibility without mentoring is a bit absurd.

    “A government which governs least, governs best”, absolutely but that doesn’t mean life if a free for all looking for a place to hang out…I’ll take Constitutional Law and traditional values along with common sense.

  • eddie47d

    Hooray for the Libertarian Party: an honest choice you can live with.I may be more Liberal/Progressive on some issues but the Libertarians rationalize issues better than Democrats or Republicans. We all need a healthy alternative to the way things have been done.

  • C130 Gunship

    Libertarians will some of the first to be sent to Obummer’s death camps as soon as he declares Martial Law shortly before the 2012 election. If you can, watch the 1966 movie ‘Fahrenheit 451.’

    • eddie47d

      I see no truth in what you said so what exact party do you belong to? False assumptions don’t make for thoughtful and rational judgements or endear people to that party.

      • C130 Gunship


        I belong to the Party of Truth versus The Normalcy Bias Party you belong too.

  • Rick

    I’ve always thought of myself as an ultra-conservative (i.e. far right Republican) until a few months ago during a Political Science class I took. There I learned the main differences between the main parties and I’ve found that Libertarianism is actually where I’m at political party-wise. The definition of Libertarianism is: Fiscally conservative, liberal when it comes to personal freedoms and rights. I have always said the government is too liberal when it comes to spending and, in order to support their liberal spending, they have to raise taxes which in turn holds down the economy and deters entrepeneuralism. I’ve thought for years that we need to figure out a way to get the poor off the doles. Like the old saying that goes essentially like; “you can provide a village with fish and make them totally dependent upon your generosity or you can teach them to fish and they learn how to be self-sufficient.” The government needs to get away from the free-state handouts. The only way to do that is to put a time limit on government aid…..make it clear to the free-loaders that they will receive benefits but after, say, five years if they haven’t become self-sufficient then tough luck. Is it tough love? Sure! But sometimes that’s the only way to motivate some folks to improve themselves and it teaches them responsibility for themselves too. I’m just fed up with the “spend, tax, spend more” attitude by the government and the constant attacks on and erosion of our personal freedoms and liberties. Since when is the government’s job to tell us we have to wear seatbelts or wear a helmet, or to tell us we HAVE TO purchase some form of insurance. Look! If you have an accident that’s your fault and your insurance isn’t enough to cover the damages then it’s on you. You live with the consequences of your choices. That’s always been the American way but over the last several decades the government seems to think otherwise. Get back to governing by following the Constitution. There’s a reason our founding fathers put the first, second, third, fourth, etc… amendments in the Constitution. Because they understand the basic nature of man. If you suppress free speech and the right to assemble (peacefully) for the purpose of protest you have tyranny. If you don’t guarantee the right to own and bear arms you take away the right of the people to defend themselves….whether it’s from a wild animal or some crazed person hell-bent on killing you or, most importantly, to defend our country and way of life from another country’s invading forces. Our Constitution guarantees protection from unreasonable searches, a right to a speedy trial and the right to face our accusers, it protects us against coerced admissions of guilt and self-incrimination. Our legal system has always been one where you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Is this a burden? Perhaps, sometimes, but it’s a burden that is rightfully borne by the prosecution.

    But now we have a President who has been said to be an expert on the Constitution…….he apparently is also an expert on finding ways to render it irrelevant and is always finding a way to do an end run around some problem where that “pesky little document” keeps getting in the way of his socialist agenda. Lest we not forget how welfare became the problem it is today. Up until the 60′s, welfare was well-intentioned as a form of aid for women who, for the most part, were widowed mothers and no skills allowing themselves to provide for their children. In the 60′s, radical socialist groups like SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) akin to ACORN today actively pursued and recruited people to sign up for Welfare and any other government program that gave free aid. These “socialist-ideology-based” individuals were following the writings and programs right out of the books of Saul Alinsky and Cloward and Piven. Three individuals who had already been found at the time to be “head deep” in Communism and Socialist ideologies. Fast-forward 50 years and now you see the monster that these anti-americans haved sowed in our way of life. Alinsky, Cloward & Piven, and others preached “bringing the U.S. down and destroying our way of life by bankrupting the government and destroying it from the inside out. That is exactly what has been happening for decades now. And now we are really starting to see the fruits of their labors. It’s time we take back the American way of life.

    I believe we should be able to do whatever and live however we want as long it doesn’t have a direct and negative impact on others. For example, if someone wants to commit suicide then let them. If someone wants to smoke and the second-hand smoke isn’t in a confined area then whose business is it to tell someone they can’t smoke. I don’t agree with legalizing pot until they can first come up with a fire-proof way of ensuring that other people’s lives won’t be endangered as a result (e.g. driving while high, operating an airliner while high, etc., etc.). It’s nobody’s business to tell some woman she can’t have an abortion……that is a choice she would have to live with for the rest of her life….but under no circumstances do I support any abortion programs that are funded by our tax dollars. I personally don’t agree with abortions and feel it is wrong but it’s also not my place to dictate to someone else what they can and can’t do. Besides, there are so many couples out there who want a family but can’t and would love to be able to adopt a child yet find it difficult because there aren’t that many children available. The list goes on and on.

    Get the government out of our personal lives. By holding everyone accountable for their own choices and self-improvement the government will do the greatest service unlike now where they are doing us the greatest “disservice.” Cut the wasteful spending in Washington, get the lobbyists out, and lets start holding our elected officials feet to the fire by reminding them that they were elected to represent our views, fight the majority of their constituents desires and that they were not elected to line their own pockets while riding roughshod over the minions.

    • lkar

      Just to expound on the “old saying” a bit. We could teach them to make boats and fishing rods and then they can sell them to the neighboring villages. Use the money to develop better methods of fishing, better manufacturing practices, and increase everyone’s standard of living. This is American Exceptionalism!

    • Verus Langham

      I’m sorry I didn’t say that because in the volumes of words you’ve spoken you sound like a solid conservative all the way around. Libertarians are those who want to pervert just a little in order to have their ideal society without actually stepping over the partisan line into the world of the lefty who wants to radically challenge exactly what you say you want to keep in place. Just keep in mind that it isn’t a stone’s throw from the vantage of Libertarian to Left-winged radical…. If you study the habitual norms of their voting activity you will discover their greatest contribution to society is their ability to sway the general public by the nature of their generalized vision for America to the side of those very same people to advocate the overthrow of this society’s best.

  • Russ

    I think the constitution is a blueprint for neighbors to be neighborly and to prevent the government from interfering. This has been turned around. The politician has used greed (possessed by everyone) to propel themselves into power. Almost 50 % pay no income tax. And about the same amount get some sort of largess from the government. Who do you think will vote for the politician who promises more (bread and circus). Representation without taxation. The courts have reneged on their duty uphold the constitution.

  • Ellen

    I agree with you. I am a Republican because I don’t believe in govt handouts and wealth reistribution. Original welfare was for widows & disabled people. Both of those have moved under Soc. Sec., so now welfare is for people who choose that lifestyle. Unfortunately, that lifestyle is bankrupting us. We simply can’t afford to provide housing, food & free health care to everyone who decides to have a baby when they can’t even support themselves. When did it become the taxpayers responsibility to support lazy people? I, too, believe women should have a choice regarding abortion, but the govt should not fund abortions. Our biggest societal problems – poverty, crime, poor education – are all caused by our welfare programs. I like your idea of a time limit on welfare, as that would stop the abuse. If a woman knew she could only collect for a maximum of 5 years (total – regardless of # of kids she has), it is highly unlikely she’d have 1 illegitimate child, let alone 6 of them.

    • Ellen

      This comment was intended as a reply to Rick’s comment.

  • Bob Marshall

    Until we get out of the UN,IMF,World Bank and the BIS we will always been putting taxpayer money into these black holes. Congress needs to step up and show some courage. Repeal the Federal reserve Act of 1913 and the National Banking Act of 1864.demand an inspection of both the Federal Reserve and Fort Knox. If they find wrondoing someone should go to prison.Stop wasteful spending. Cut out socialist program like welfare and create jobs so people would again have their dignity and felling of self worth. Stop useless war because the only winners are big corporation with military contracts. While the rest of the population suffer and footr the bills the millionaires are becoming billioniares at the expensee of American lives. not to mention all the men, women and children who die in these third world countries the US invades. From what i have been able to gather Iraq was a testing ground for new weapons.How can we call Iraq a war when after a few day the Road to Baghdad was blocked on both ends by the US troops and the Revolutionary Guard was marching toward Baghdad waving small white flags. Saddam had tried to surrender through Russia but the Whitehouse said no.The USAF with B-52s” and other attack aircraft bombed these troops until there were few left. The Army brought in bulldozers, dug deep pits and buried these bodies and what remained of some with sometimes arms and legs sticking up out of the ground.America got their revenge.Since the Pentagon doesn’t keep body counts so they say the estimated number of Saddams’ troops was between 150-200,000. The military power in the Whitehouse had remarked since Vietnam was such a defeat the US would never go to war unless they would be sure they would win.To them Vietnam was an embrassment.War with third world countries is a sure way to keep that promise.With the invasion of Libya in October with the US taking the lead another dictator will eventually replace Qaddafi.He will serve Washington if he wants to remain in power.

  • BonnieMW

    The government needs to stay more out of business and peoples lives. Look at the mess they created with bailouts and Federal debt. I don’t know who they are polling but I think they have their own list to call.
    On-time, you said it perfectly.

  • iamone3

    End the Wars. vote Ron Paul 2012

  • chuckb

    end the wars and don’t waste your vote on ron paul, it’s not going to happen.

  • Bert Cundle

    Think of it this way… “TAXES” Don’t make big Government! “Laws” Make Big Government! The “More Laws”, The “More inforcement”! THE MORE R $ E $ V $ I $ N $ U $ E! The LAWS & THE PROFITS!!! Profits of LAW! Can anyone guess how many Laws, there are in U.S. of A.(LOCAL State & Federal.)What % of our CITIZENS are Government, in one way or another?

    • Bert Cundle

      If their is 310M People in U.S. 200M. Pay an adverage of $2,000.00/ Yr. = $ 400,000,000.000 Income Tax Alone. + Same in Sales Tax is only $800b./year Revenue. So how did we get 15T. in debt?

  • http://aol Miz

    aboma – a serpent of the constrictor family i.e. python, boa, anaconda which squeezes its’ prey to death.


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