According to a recent Pew Research survey, 9 percent of Americans are libertarian.
Who are these people?
- Libertarians are much more likely to be male (59%) and young (33% are under age 30) than are any of the other groups.
And forget about the Red state-Blue state dichotomy:
- almost six-in-ten Americans fall into one of the four ideological groups; 18% are liberals, 15% are conservatives, 16% are populists, and 9% are libertarians.
And the biggest group?
- The remainder included people with a mixture of views, or who declined to offer opinions on several of the six questions in the test; this large non-ideological group (42%) is labeled the "ambivalents."