A new poll out yesterday, April 3, 2014, with only 4% identifying themselves as 'libertarian', revealed 63% of Americans agree with the libertarian position that elected politicians should not work to enact policies and spend taxpayer money to benefit the special interest groups that helped them get elected as a quid pro quo. The poll is germane to our story from Wednesday about the U.S. Supreme Court ending the cap Americans may donate to political campaigns in total.
As Americans become more aware, it is no wonder why they are leaving the Republican and Democratic parties as they realize they are actually more libertarian than they once thought. What was once thought to be scary or strange, libertarian philosophy is now becoming more mainstream in American society.
The poll also found that 60% of Americans, like libertarians, feel the country is moving in the wrong direction and 51% feel Barack Obama disapprove of the way he is handling his job as President of the United States. An even larger percentage (74%) disapprove of how Congress is doing its job, yet 76% of the respondents would surprisingly still vote for a Republican or Democrat in the upcoming election. Libertarians will need to work harder to break the country free of the stranglehold the two party system has on its government.
Americans we asked about their feelings on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) a/k/a Obamcare and 53% of Americans agreed with libertarians as to having an unfavorable opinion of the law, with 43% of the respondents blaming increased insurance premiums on the new law.
A big plus for libertarians is that 88% of Americans agree with them that they should have the right to film police 'who are arresting, restraining, or involved in an altercation with people in public'. This issue has been controversial with many libertarian and libertarian-minded Americans being arrested and jailed for doing nothing more than filming police doing their job in the public space without disturbing them from doing their job.
More interesting in the poll was the revelation that a staggering 70% of Americans would be 'bothered' if an elected politician used his office to 'bully' others over if they used drugs or cheated on their spouse.
Additional revelations were found in the poll regarding how Americans feel about a federal minimum wage. The majority, 67%, are for it being raised to $10.10 per hour from the current $7.25 per hour so long as it did not cause companies to lay off workers, in which case they flip to 58% being against increasing the minimum wage. Yet when asked how they thought companies would pay out the extra pay 32% responded the company would likely lay off or hire less workers; 38% said they felt the company would raise prices to compensate for the increase in payroll.
In the poll we discovered 63% of Americans agree with libertarians that President Barack Obama is either handling foreign policy worse or about the same as former President George Bush. 58% of the respondents agree with the libertarian position to stay out of the Ukraine situation all together while 39% want us to get more involved.
The respondents to the poll seemed split on the role of government with 50% agreeing with the statement 'the less government the better' and 47% stating There are more things government should be doing'. 54% agreed with the opinion that 'people would be better able to handle today’s problems within a free market with less government involvement'.