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9% libertarian, but more ambivalent than anything else

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."

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